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, November 13, 2011

New Releases - November 15, 2011

Battle for Marjah [Director Anthony Wonke follows London Times journalist Bill Anderson as he accompanies one of the first battalions to land in the Afghanistan War as they invade Taliban-held Marjah in  this harrowing 2011 documentary.] 


Bellflower [Evan Glodell stars in and directs this wild cult actioner about a group of friends who devise Mad Max-style weapons in anticipation of the upcoming apocalypse. Co-starring Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Davison, Rebekah Brandes and Vincent Ghashaw. 2011.]

Eat at Bill's-Life in the Monterey Market: Special Edition: In the Field [Savory 2007 documentary about the Monterey Market in Berkeley, California run by Bill Fujimoto. With lots of extra material.]

Larry Crowne [Ex-Oaklander Tom Hanks stars as the title character and directed this slight but likable 2011 romantic comedy about a middle-aged man who loses his job and reboots his life by going to college. Julia Roberts is adorable as the teacher he finds irresistible. The excellent supporting cast includes Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer,  Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha-raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rita Wilson, Rob Riggle and George Takei.]

Luther: Season 2 [Idris Elba returns in the title role in this acclaimed BBC crime procedural.]

Main Street [Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, Ellen Burstyn and Andrew McCarthy head a fine cast in this drama about a decaying small Southern town that is visited by a mysterious stranger who promises to revitalize the ecomony. John Doyle directed. 2011.]

Page Eight  [Bill Nighy (The Girl in the Cafe) gives a marvelous, subtle yet multi-layered performance as an aging MI-5 agent who has his share of problems: a cryptic boss/best friend who gives him a mysterious confidential file to read,  a daughter and ex-wife who do not understand him, and a beautiful neighbor who has taken a sudden, unexpected interest in him. All these troubles converge when he uncovers a nasty government conspiracy. David Hare (Designated Mourner) wrote and directed this fine character-driven BBC spy thriller in the tradition of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People.  Rachel Weisz is stunning and alluring as always as the intriguing neighbor.  The amazing supporting cast includes Holly Aird, Ewen Bremner, Judy Davis, Tom Hughes, Felicity Jones, Marthe Keller, Saskia Reeves, Alice Krige, and Michael Gambon,  Note: this DVD version contains the uncensored UK version that was not screened on PBS. Highly recommended!]

Perfect Age of Rock'n'Roll, The [Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning, Lukas Haas, Lauren Holly, Kelly Lynch, Aimee Teegarden and Peter Fonda star in a Scott Rosenbaum-directed 2009 rock drama about a rock star who hits it big with a CD full of songs he stole from a friend. After his second CD bombs, he tries to make amends with his friend and get his life and next CD back on track.]

Rio Sex Comedy [Charlotte Rampling, Bill Pullman and Irene Jacob head the cast of this middle-aged version of the teen sex farce with various upper class oddballs descending on Rio for sex and naughty hijinks. Directed by Jonathan Nossiter in 2010.]

Shaun the Sheep: Season 2 [40 more hilarious episodes of the great animated series made by Wallace and Gromit's Nick Park.] 

Tree, The [Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in this 2011 Australian/French co-production directed by Julie Bertuccelli as a woman whose truck driver husband dies when he crashes into the huge fig tree outside their home in Queensland. She falls into a depression but is ironically forced to deal with her children and reality when odd, mystical events start plaguing her house and the tree.]

Blu-ray:

Battle for Marjah


Recent/New Arrivals:

Glory: 2-Disc Special Edition [Denzel Washinton, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick star in this great action drama about the first black regiment in the Civil War. Directed by Edward Zwick. Back in stock!]

Hours, The [Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore star in this 2002 drama that earned Kidman a Best Actress Oscar. Back in stock!]



Ju*Dou [Zhang Yimou directed  this beautiful 1990 period drama starring Gong Li. Back in stock!]


King and Country [Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay give fine performances respectively as a gung ho military lawyer who reluctantly defends a deserting private and becomes sympathetic to his cause after he learns the facts in this anti-war drama directed by Joseph Losey. Leo McKern and Barry Foster co-star. 1964.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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