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, December 11, 2011

New Releases - December 13, 2011

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall [9/22/11 concert from the red hot singer who is up for a slew of Grammys for 2012.]

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 [Moving Goran Hugo Olsson documentary about the Black Power movement in the 1960's and 1970's with Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Louis Farrakan, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Melvin Van Peebles.]

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame [Andy Lau stars as the venerable but exiled detective who must solve a baffling murder that involves the incoming empress of China in the Tang Dynasty. Carina Lau, Tony Leung, Ka Fai, Deng Chao, and Richard Ng co-star in this atmospheric period martial arts thriller directed by famed Tsui Hark. Based on a popular best-selling mystery novel that is part of a series. 2010.]

Fright Night [Much more serious 2011 remake of the 1987 horror satire with Colin Farrell taking top honors as a sexy vampire who happens to move into suburbia. It's up to his teenage neighbor and a magician/vampire slayer to stop the bloodsucker in his serial killing spree. Also starring Anton Yelchin, Christopher Minze-Plasse, David Tennant, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots. Directed by Craig Gillespie.]


Kung Fu Panda 2 [Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, David Cross, and Gary Oldman provide the voices in this great animated sequel that was another huge hit and amazingly just as hilarious as the original. This time, Dragon Warrior Po (Black) and the Furious Five must battle the evil Lord Shen (Oldman) who threatens to end kung fu and the world as they know it with a secret weapon. The action is also enhanced by guest voices: Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Haysbert and Victor Garber. 2011.]
 
Legend Is Born, A: Ip Man [In this third Ip Man film, a prequel, we see how Bruce Lee's mentor began his kung fu mastery. Donnie To, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Dennis To Yue Hong star.]


Monica and David [Alexandra Codina 2010 heart-tugging documentary about two adults with Down syndrome who love each other.]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Terrific 2011 prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes series starring James Franco as a scientist who heads an experiment that helps advance the intelligence of apes. When he takes the only surviving and successful experiment, Caesar,  home, the ape starts out learning innocently enough and even helping, but Caesar soon learns the inhumanity of man and cannot restrain his wild nature, leading to chaos and tragedy. In addition to Franco's and John Lithgow's excellent performance as his Alzheimer's Disease suffering father, Andy Serkis gives a superb CGI captured performance as Caesar, which may create a first if he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.  Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton co-star. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of the original series since there are many fun references to the original films. Note: this is also set in the San Francisco Bay Area, but other than some standard scenery shots, most of it was shot in Canada or used CGI replication. 2011.]

Rizzoli and Isles: Season 1 [Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander make a terrific female buddy team in this excellent and fun crime-solving TNT series about a female detective and female coroner who are best friends. Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges, Chazz Palmintieri, and Bruce McGill.]

Blu-rays:



Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition [The now classic three Peter Jackson films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, are presented here on Blu-ray in their even better extended editions. All are filled with hours of extra material as well! Three separate rentals.]  


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Recent/New Arrivals:


Branded to Kill [2011 Criterion Collection remaster of the wild Seijun Suzuki cult yakuza noir satire starring Joe Shishido as an inept yakuza hitman who is targeted by his own gang. Co-starring Koji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa, Annu Mari, Mariko Ogawa, and Hiroshi Minami. 1967. B/W.]


Tokyo Drifter [2011 Criterion Collection remaster of the 1966 Seijun Suzuki gangster noir starring Tetsuya Watari as a yakuza killer who wants to quit but can't because they keep pulling him back in. Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji, Ryuji Kita, Hideaki Nitani, Eiji Go, Tomoko Hamakawa, Takeshi Yoshida and Isao Tamagawa co-star in this enjoyable over the top cult thriller.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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