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, January 1, 2012

New Releases - January 3, 2012

Another Earth [Brit Marling and William Mapother star in this sci-fi thriller about two people who meet after a tragic accident the same night that another earth is discovered. Directed by Mike Cahill. 2011.]

Circumstance [Offbeat 2011 lesbian romance drama about two Iranian teenage girls who fall in love. Starring Nikohl Bousheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, and Soheil Parsa. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz.]

Contagion [Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11) directed this exciting 2011 sci-fi/thriller starring Matt Damon as a man whose wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) suddenly becomes deathly ill, sparking a deadly toxic outbreak that quickly goes global, threatening the end of life as we know it. The amazing cast in addition to Damon and Paltrow includes Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston. The chilling film was partly shot in the San Francisco Bay Area.] 

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark [Solid 2011 remake of the underrated 1973 horror TV film. In this version, Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce play a couple who are renovating a gothic mansion, but their young daughter (Bailee Madison) discovers that there are weird monsters literally living inside the walls. Directed by Troy Nixey and co-written and produced by Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo Del Toro.] 

Fat Boy Chronicles, The [Christopher Rivera, Kelly Lynn Washington, Chris Bert, Cole Carson, and Ron Lester star in an inspirational drama about a bullied teen who decides to stand up for himself against his tormentors. Jason Winn directed in 2011.]

Guard, The [Fun 2011 film noir/cop satire starring Brendan Gleeson an an un conventional Irish detective and Don Cheadle as a by the book FBI agent who make an unlikely team to take down a drug syndicate. Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, and Fionnula Flanagan co-star. Directed by John Michael McDonagh.]


Happiness Is...Peanuts: Friends Forever [DVD premiere of Peanuts episodes.]



I Don't Know How She Does It [Sarah Jessica Parker and Greg Kinnear are featured as a married couple whose idyllic relationship is put to the test when they both get new time-consuming jobs and other temptations. Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, and Olivia Munn also star in this cute romantic comedy. Directed by Douglas McGrath. 2011.]

Justified: Season 2 [Timothy Olyphant returns as a US marshal trying to wipe out corrupt bad guys in this tough Elmore Leonard adaptation.]


L'Amour Fou [Fashio icon Yves Saint Laurent and business partner Pierre Berge had a devoted decades-long romantic relationship that is explored in this fine documentary directed by Pierre Thoreton. 2010.]

Last Lions, The [Beautiful 2011 Nat Geographic documentary about the lengths a lioness will go to protect her offspring against other predatory animals and nature. Jeremy Irons narrates. Directed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.]


Macbeth [2010] [Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood give memorable performances in this strking and unusual PBS update of the classic Shakespearean tragedy. Directed by Rupert Goold.]

Marley and Me: The Puppy Years [Prequel to the hit dog lovers comedy with a more family oriented flavor. Starring Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes and Grayson Russell as the voice of Marley.]

Mildred Pierce [Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood give terrific performances as a Depression-era single mother and the beautiful daughter she goes to extreme lengths to make a society success in this wonderful 2011 HBO miniseries remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford-Ann Blyth ripe melodrama. Guy Pearce, James LeGros, Melissa Leo, and Brian E. O'Byrne also star. Directed by Far from Heaven's Todd Haynes. Winner of Emmys for Kate Winslet for Best Actress in a miniseries and Pearce for Best Supporting Actor.]


Nostalgia for the Light [Patricio Guzman, the director of The Battle of Chile, directed this fascinating 2010 documentary about Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers gather to get the best view of the universe from earth.]


Parks and Recreation: Season 3 [Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman return in the 3rd season of this hilarious sitcom about a dysfunctional park and rec department in Indiana. Rob Lowe also joins the regulars this season.]

Point Blank [Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin, and Elena Anaya star in this intense French thriller about a male nurse who has to do whatever thugs tell him to when they kidnap his pregnant wife from the hospital where he works. 2011.]

Puncture [Chris Evans (Captain America) gives an excellent performance in this drama/thriller about a lawyer who is a controlled addict who accepts a case against a pharmecutical firm that is covering up a huge conspiracy. The fine cast includes Mark Kassen, Brett Cullen, Marshall Bell, Michael Biehn,  Jesse L. Martin, Roxanna Hope, Tess Parker, Kate Burton, and Vinessa Shaw. Directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. 2011.]

Topp Twins, The: Untouchable Girls [Enjoyable documentary about the only yodeling country singing and comedy lesbian sibling duo. 2011.] 



Blu-ray:



Another Earth

Contagion

Recent/New Arrivals:

Assignment, The [Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, and Ben Kingsley star in this intense thriller about an investigator who helped catch the infamous killer Carlos and who discovers a similar assassin. Directed by Christian Duguay. 1997.]

Les Miserables [Excellent 1996 version of the Victor Hugo classic starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes. Directed by Billie August. Back in stock.]



Svengali [1983 Jodie Foster and Peter O'Toole give excellent performances in this underrated 1983 TV movie update with O'Toole acting as a harsh but loving mentor to young singer Foster. Elizabeth Ashley, Larry Joshua, and Pamela Blair co-star. Foster does her own singing. John Barry composed the beautiful musical score. Directed by Anthony Harvey, who also worked with O'Toole and composer Barry on the superb 1968 The Lion in Winter.]


Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The [Ray Muller directed this fine 1993 documentary about the talented but Nazi supporting and controversial German filmmaker.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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