VIDEO ROOM

Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

New Releases - June 8, 2010

Animation Express - 26 animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada. 2 discs. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 221 minutes. Unrated.

Before Stonewall/After Stonewall - These two documentaries give a striking overview of gay rights advocacy over the last 90 years. The first film covers how gays were perceived and treated in the US from the 1920's to 1969, when the Stonewall riots occurred. In 1969, the NYPD raided the mafia run gay bar Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village setting off a series of riots by the gay community that would have ramifications for decades to come regarding gay rights. The second film shows how gay perceptions and rights have changed since the riots. With Dorothy Allison, Harry Hay, Rita Mae Brown, Ann Bannon, Barbara Gittings, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Craig Lucas, Armistead Maupin, Audre Lorde, and Barbara Smith. With extra interviews. Directed by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg. 16x9 Widescreen. 175 minutes. Unrated.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 - The complete award-winning PBS documentary miniseries covering Civil Rights is finally available on DVD again. We have it for the first time in our library. 6 epis (Awakenings, Fighting Back, Ain't Scared of Your Jails, No Easy Walk, Mississippi: Is This America?, and Bridge to Freedom) spread across 3 discs. 3 separate rentals. 1996. Full Screen. 360 minutes total (120 each). Unrated.

41 Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It - This wacky satire follows in the footsteps of Scary Movie, Epic Movie and other film spoofs, but this time they skewer all of Judd Apatow's cult comedies as well as his stable of actors. Starring Bryan Callen, Noureen Dewukf, Mircea Monroe, and Stephen Kramer Glickman. With several featurettes. Directed by Craig Moss. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 82 minutes. Unrated.

From Paris with Love - John Travolta does a Yul Brynner for a change and has fun playing an over-the-top CIA agent on a secret mission in Paris. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays a younger CIA operative who poses as an ambassador's aide and has to help Travolta in this fun action thriller. For those who prefer Travolta wild and crazy, this one's for you. Co-starring Richard Burden. With featurettes and commentary. Directed by Pierre Morel. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. R.

Merlin: Complete 1st Season, The - Last year, NBC, through a deal with the BBC, broadcast most of this British fantasy series that reimagines the Arthurian legend and the life of magician Merlin. Although some have criticized it as a Harry Potter rip, this underrated show is an excellent blend of fantasy, humor and action as it focuses on the awkward but talented teen magician Merlin (well-played by Colin Morgan) as he tries to hide his magic from Pendragon, the tyrant leader of Camelot (played by Anthony Head of TV's Buffy fame) who has banned magic. His son is Arthur (Bradley Jones), and it is interesting to see him as cocky and arrogant teen who has a lot to learn before he becomes the once and future king. The rest of the great cast includes Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, John Hurt (as the voice of an imprisoned dragon), and Michelle Ryan (the extremely underrated & hot recent Bionic Woman now playing a hot sorceress). Note: NBC did not show all of the epis and they also edited them down to insert more commercials. These are the uncut versions. 13 epis spread across 5 discs. 5 separate rentals. The 5th disc has featurettes, documentaries and stills only and rents for $2. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy - To celebrate Monty Python's 40th anniversary, this wild and raucous musical stage version of their movie Life of Brian played for one night only at the Royal Albert Hall. William Ferguson plays Brian and also stars Shannon Mercer, Rosalind Plowright, and Christopher Purves. Guest Apprearances by Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terru Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland, and Neil Innes. Monty Pythonites and even the uninitiated should find a lot to laugh at in this exuberant one night stand. With featurettes and sing alongs! Directed by Aubrey Powell. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. Unrated.

Old Joy - Will Oldham and Daniel London star as offbeat male friends who bond while on a camping trip in Oregon's beautiful Cascades. Tanya Smith plays the pregnant wife London leaves behind to go on the trip. A quirky minimalist improvised drama. With commentary. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. 2006. 16x9 Widescreen. 76 minutes. Unrated.

180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless - This documentary traces Jeff Johnson's attempt to recreate the 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Let's just say, things do not quite go as planned, but all end's well as Johnson meets his heroes in Patagonia. With featurettes. Directed by Chris Malloy. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 87 minutes. Unrated.

Shutter Island - Martin Scorsese re-enters noir territory with this over-the-top thriller starring an intense Leonardo DiCaprio as a young Federal Marshal partnered with Mark Ruffalo to find out what happened to an insane woman/murderer who seems to have vanished from a desolate island asylum/prison. As DiCaprio peels away the layers of conspiracy, the question becomes not whether he can keep his sanity or not but whether he can even survive his stay there. The terrific cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max Von Sydow and a surprise or two (and we don't mean the ending). A nice companion piece to Scorsese's Cape Fear remake, this handsomely mounted, disturbing and very dark mystery will keep you guessing. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 137 minutes. R.

StarStruck: Extended Edition - Sterling Knight stars as a young hot pop star who meets a cute small town girl (Danielle Campbell). Will love triumph or will fame keep them apart? This Disney teen-oriented musical comedy TV movie should be a no brainer for pre-teen and teen girls who love romantic musicoms. Also starring Maggie Castle, Brando Mychal Smith, Chelsea Staub, Beth Littleford, Dan O'Connor, Lauren Bowles, Ron Pearson, Matt Winston, Toni Trucks, and Alice Hirson. With music videos and sing alongs. Directed by Michael Grossman, 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 84 minutes. Unrated.

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives - Another ground-breaking and moving gay documentary, it's charm lies in it's low-key, unedited and rough interviews with various gay people, who express their views about being gay in America. With several featurettes. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

Yesterday Girl - In this German drama, a woman moves from East Berlin to West Berlin during the 1960's with hope of improving her life, but life in the West turns out to be just as stressful as the opressed East with its own set of problems. Starring Alexandra Kluge, Gunther Mack, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Horte, and Alexander Kluge. With short films. In German with English subtitles. Directed by Alexander Kluge. 1966. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated. 88 minutes.

Blu-rays:

Life [2009 BBC Documentary] - see June 1st list for description. Note: we are only carrying the British version of this narrated by David Attenborough. 10 epis spread across 4 Blu-rsys. 4 sepparate rentals. 2009. 1080p Widescreen. Unrated.

180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless- same extras as the DVD plus deleted scenes.

Shutter Island - with featurettes not on the DVD. 1080p.

True Blood: Season 2 - 12 epis spread across 5 discs. 5 separate rentals. 2009. 1080p Widescreen. Unrated.

Descriptions by manager Steven Y. Mori

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