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 4, 2011

New Releases - December 6, 2011

Adventures of Tin Tin, The: Season 1 [ Season 1 of the 1991-1993 animated TV series based on the popular comic strip created by Belgian artist Herge following the exciting adventures of a boy named Tin Tin and his dog Snowy. This contains two episodes that are the basis for the new Steven Spielberg CGI 3D fantasy epic adventure coming out later this month.]

Big Love: Season 5 [This is the final season for the excellent, controversial HBO series about anti-hero politician Bill Paxton and his multiple wives: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnfer Goodwin.]

Bobby Fischer Against the World [Excellent 2011 Liz Garbus documentary about the controversial chess icon who went from superstardom by beating Russian masters like Boris Spassky to a descent into paranoia.]

Cowboys and Aliens [The title pretty much sums up the plot of this offbeat 2011 sci-fi-western hybrid based on a comic book. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig play the western and future heroes respectively trying to keep the aliens from wiping out the old west. Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine and Paul Dano round out the supporting cast in this action-packed thriller directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau.]

Debt, The [Helen Mirren stars as an ex-Moussad agent who recalls how she and two other agents killed a Nazi war criminal decades earlier, but discrepancies abound in the other agents' stories leading to the uncovering of the uncomfortable truth behind the mission outcome. Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Martin Csokas, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds also star in this John Madden political thriller from 2010 that uses the Rashomon technique of mixing current interviews with flashbacks of the events from various viewpoints.]

Family Tree, The [2010 all-star black comedy starring Hope Davis as an unhappy housewife who has an affair with neighbor Chi McBride and develops short term memory loss that might help save her flailing marriage and family. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson, Selma Blair, Keith Carraddine, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss. Gabrielle Anwar, Madeline Zima, Christina Hendricks, Jane Seymour, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Evan Handler. Vivi Friedman directed.]

Hangover Part II, The [Bad boys Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ed Helms return for this megahit sequel in which they travel to Thailand for Helms' wedding to a Thai-American woman, Of course, they run into lots of trouble, involving wacky car chases and a mischievous monkey. Todd Phillips also directs again. 2011.] 

Help, The [Although the plot is extremely predictable, excellent acting helps lift this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best seller about a young white woman who writes a shocking book in the 1960's exposing Southern belles' blatant racism towards their African-American housekeepers. Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard all give fine performances in this feel-good dramedy that has generated lots of Oscar buzz. Taylor Tate directed. 2011.]

Mr. Popper's Penguins [Jim Carrey shines in this family comedy hit as a businessman who inherits a flock of penguins, who turn his life upside down and for the better. The always watchable Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury lend support.  Directed by Mark Waters in 2011.] 

Robber, The [German-Austrian true crime thriller directed by Benjamin Heisenberg about Johann Rettenberger, a championship runner who moonlights as a serial bank robber who uses his sprinting abilities to run from the police. Starring Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz, Markus Schleinzer and Peter Vilnai. 2009.]

Blu-ray:

Hangover Part II, The

Recent/New Arrivals:


Second Coming of Suzanne, The [Written and directed by Michael Barry, this offbeat 1974 cult flick stars Sondra Locke, Richard Dreyfuss, Jared Martin, Gene Barry and Paul Sand in a story about a filmmaker who is creating a film about a female version of Jesus. Since it was shot entirely in the San Francisco Bay Area, watch for familiar local sites. ]

Notes written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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