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 25, 2011

New Releases - December 27, 2011

Beautiful Life, A [Shu Qi and Liu Ye star in a modern day romantic drama about an aggressive real estate businesswoman who moves to Beijing from Hong Kong and falls in love with a conservative policeman. Andrew Lau directed. 2011.] 

Beyonce: Live at Roseland

Beyonce: I Am...World Tour

Borgias, The: Season 1 [Jeremy Irons gives a riveting performance as the patriarch of one of the first crime families in this chilling period Showtime TV series co-starring David Oakes, Pasqualino, Ronan Vibert.]

Brighton Rock [Sam Riley, Andrea Risenborough, Andy Serkis, John Hurt, and Helen Mirrenstar star in a dazzling 2011 remake of the Graham Greene crime thriller about a young hood who decides to seduce a waitress who could put him in prison. Directed by Rowan Joffe.]

Curious George: Gets a New Toy [The hit PBS series is back with 8 more episodes.]

Dolphin Tale [Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kridtofferson star in this excellent family friendly adventure hit about a shy boy who finds an injured dolphin he bonds with and changes his life forever. 2011.]

Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition [The uncut extended versions of writer Steig Larsson's immensely popular film noir trilogy are presented here for the first time just as they were shown on Swedish TV. Like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, these longer versions are supposed to be much, much better than the theatrical versions with more character development and improved story flow.] 

Family Guy: Volume 9 [All 13 episodes of the 9th season of the rude hit animated sitcom are presented here uncut.]

Final Destination 5 [Along with Scream, this series remains one of the most fun and successful franchise horror series. As with previous entries, the hero sees a premonition of disaster, in this case a horrific bus crash, and saves the day, only to have all of the survivors visited by the Grim Reaper one by one. Of course, the guilty pleasure of these films is to see how many inventive ways the filmmakers can devise to kill off its characters, likeable or not. This edition is no exception and provides lots of ghoulish fun for those who like their gore well done. Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto and series vet Tony Todd star. Steven Quale directed. 2011.]

First Grader, The [The National Geographic produced this moving true story of an 84 year old Kenyan Mau Mau who decides to go to grade school to learn to read and write. Justin Chadwick directed this 2010 film starring new Bond girl Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo.]

Good Old Fashioned Orgy, A [Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine, Angela Sarafyan, Lindsay Sloane, Martin Starr, Lucy Punch and Will Forte star in this unrated throwback to 1980's sex comedies with thirtysomething Sudeikis deciding to throw one last wild party despite objections from now conservative pals. A talented and attractive cast help give this farce its spark. Directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. 2011.] 

If You Are the One: Love and Marriage[Chinese romantic comedy starring Ge You and Shu Qi in a story about an older man and an airline hostess who decide to live together in a trial marriage. Directed by Feng Xiaogang in 2010.]


Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The: Series 1 [David Cross stars as the title character in this funny sitcom about a brown-nosing worker who lies his way into a senior sales job at a London office launching an energy drink and creates chaos everywhere he goes. Co-starring  Blake Harrison and guest-starring Will Arnett and Amber Tamblyn. An America-UK co-production.]

Law and Order: 9th Year, The [Sam Waterston, Angie Harmon, Benjamin Bratt, Steven Hill, Jerry Orbach and S. Epatha Merkerson return for this great 9th season of the crime and punhisment TV series.]

Love Crime [Sexy Ludivine Sagnier from The Swimming Pool and Kristin Scott Thomas respectively star as a young office worker and seasoned mentor who become involved in a cat and mouse office game of seduction and domination as each wants to win in a power struggle. Co-starring Patrick Mille. Alain Corneau directed this 2010 satiric noir thriller.]


Pete Smalls Is Dead [Peter Dinklage stars as a down and out screenwriter who returns to LA to try to borrow money from his old pal director Pete Smalls so he can buy his dog out of hock. The trouble is Pete Smalls is dead, but that's only the beginning in this satire that brings to mind The Big Lebowski and Weekend at Bernie's. Mark Boone, Jr., Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassell, Rosie Perez and Tim Roth head the great co-star cast. Directed by Alexandre Rockwell.]

Straw Dogs [James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard star in this Americanized 2011 version of the Sam Peckinpah classic starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The story is pretty much the same: a bookish young man and his beautiful wife return to her hometown and run afoul of the local townfolk and particularly her ex-boyfriend, who decide to terrorize the transplanted couple. Only the location has been changed from a small British town to the American South. TV The Shield's Rod Lurie directed this ultra-violent thriller.]  


Surrogate Valentine [San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura stars as himself and is recruited by a filmmaker to teach his star to play guitar, leading to a close friendship that may help Goh with his romantic interest. Chad Stoops and Lynn Chen co-star. Dave Boyle directed. Shot in San Francisco and Seattle.  Part one of a trilogy in progress.]

Tempest, The [2010] [Julie Taymor directed this visually striking but polarizing version of one of Shakespeare's most maligned plays on film. This version gives Prospero a sex change and casts the fascinating Helen Mirren in the role of the exiled hero having a reunion with estranged offspring. The rest of the eclectic cast incvludes Russell Brand, Felicity Jones, Alan Cumming, Djimon Honsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Tom Conti, Ben Whishaw and Alfred Molina. We are still waiting for the definitive version of this particular play although Paul Mazursky's update 1982 update with John Cassavetes is looking better and better. ]

Blu-ray:

Warrior


Recent/New Arrivals:

Love after Love [Diane Kurys romantic drama starring Isabelle Huppert as a novelist who uses her various trysts for inspiration when writing her books. Bernard Giradeau, Hippolyte Girardot, Lio, Yvan Attal, and Judith Reval co-star in this 1992 French film.]


Nickel Ride, The[Jason Miller, Linda Haynes, Victor French, John Hillerman, and Bo Hopkins star in an underrated 1975 film noir character study about a well-meaning warehouse manager for the mob who becomes a target thanks to his paranoid bosses. Robert Mulligan directed.]

99 and 44/100% Dead [Richard Harris. Ann Turkel, Edmond O'Brien, Bradford Dillman, Janice Heiden, Katherine Baumann, David Hall, and Chuck Connors star in this funny, wild and way over the top gangster comedy about hitman Harris hired by one mob boss to hit his rival. John Frankenheimer directed this underrated 1974 action farce with a slight nod to Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro and Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars. Connors is unforgettable as a one-armed killer who changes hand accessories for pleasure and pain while trying to kill Harris, and Turkel, Baumann and Heiden are super hot as the mob babes.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori

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