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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Sunday-Thurday, 12pm-8pm
Friday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Releases - October 18, 2011

Aftershock [Acclaimed Chinese drama about a woman who has to decide between saving her son or her daughter after a devastating 1976 earthquake traps them in debris. Starring Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, and Li Chen/subtitled/2010]

Americam Family, An [Excellent PBS documentary about the ground-breaking 1973 PBS documentary TV series that followed the ups and mostly downs of upper middle class family Bill and Pat Loud and their 5 children. The show was one of the first "reality" shows and is the basis for the great 2011 HBO movie Cinema Verite starring Tim Robbins and Diane Lane as the Louds]

Baaria  [Epic 2009 drama from Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore about a Sicilian family and their triumphs and tragedies over 5 decades.  Starring Franceso Scianna, Margareth Made, and Salvio Ficarra with a lush music score by Ennio Morricone]

Bad Teacher [Cameron Diaz pulls out all the stops as the aptly titled lead character in this rude 2011 slapstick comedy that again furthers the women behaving badly genre. Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch and Jason Segel co-star]

Batman: Year One [2011 Animated reboot of the classic DC comics series, this time based on the Frank Miller version with Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham City to fight crime after spending time in Europe. Bryan Cranston, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff provide voices]

Better Life, A [Demian Bechir stars as an illegal immigrant who tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage son in this moving drama from director Chris Weitz]

Circo [2010 Mexican circus docu]


Lucky [2011 Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret, and Jeffrey Tambor star in this dark comedy about a golddigger who marries a lottery winner and discovers that he is a serial killer in his spare time!]

Luther: Season 1 [Acclaimed 2010 BBC TV crime drama starring Idris Elba] 

Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story [Poppy Montgomery gives an excellent performance as Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling in this fascinating TV movie bio that shows Rowling going from starving writer to phenomenon. 2011]

Miss Nobody [Adorable Leslie Bibb stars in this 2011 black comedy about a dead-end secretary who gets a killer promotion and makes the most of it. Brandon Routh, Adam Goldberg, Kathy Baker, Missi Pyle, Viveca A. Fox, David Anthony Higgins and Geoffrey Lewis co-star.]

Monte Carlo [Cute 2011 hit family romantic comedy starring Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester as young women who get stranded in Paris during a vacation, but when one of them is mistaken for a princess, they are whisked off on a romantic adventure to Monte Carlo]

Names of Love, The [Delightfully offbeat French farce starring Sara Forestier as a liberal young hottie who likes to sleep with conservative men to change their political views...until she meets her match who won't change]

Page One: Inside The New York Times [Excellent 2011 documentary about how the revered paper deals with the transition to the internet and digital media]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Although the reviews were decidedly mixed for this 4th Pirates entry, Johnny Depp still has fun as Captain Jack Sparrow as he confronts the infamous Blackbeard played by Ian McShane and several sexy but devious mermaids. Penelope Cruz joins the cast, which includes Geoffrey Rush. Terrific special effects steal the show again. 2011. This is set to arrive Tuesday afternoon.]

Red State [Three teens are lured to a small town and held captive by an evil pastor and his gun-toting fundamentalist followers in this biting 2011 action thriller from Clerks director Kevin Smith. Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks give terrific performances.] 

Seven Minutes in Heaven [Film Movement/2011 Israeli drama about a young couple whose lives are shattered by a terrorist attack on a bus]

Shock Doctrine, The [Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross, and Naomi Klein directed this hard-hitting documentary about the trials and tribulations of capitalism over the last few decades as wars and natural disasters wreak havoc on our bottom line/2009]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 3 [The fight to keep the Empire from taking over continues in this exciting animated series that enhances the Star Wars saga with style/2011]

V: Season 2 [The fight between the Vs and earthlings heats up in this great, much-improved 2nd and unfortunately final season with more action, violence, humor and sex. Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, and Laura Vandervroot star along with original cast members Jane Badler and Marc Singer. The last episode, Mother's Day, is a killer!]

Blu-ray:
Pirates of the Caribbean, The: On Stranger Tides [due to arrive Tuesday afternoon]


Recent/New Arrivals:


For Whom the Bell Tolls [Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Cordova, Joseph Calleia, and Katina Paxinou star in this excellent Ernest Hemingway romance/action/adventure set during the 1937 Spanish Civil War/directed by Sam Wood/1943]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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