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, February 5, 2012

New Releases - February 7 and 11, 2012

Tuesday, February 7:

Anonymous [Disaster director Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow) surprised everyone by making this fascinating and deliciously over the top period thriller about the age-old possibility that William Shakespeare actually did not write all of the amazing plays that bear his name. In this speculation, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) plays the Earl of Oxford, a poet who wants playwright Ben Jonson to be the ghost name for his plays, but when he refuses, a vain, failed actor named Shakespeare is more than willing to take the credit while Queen Elizabeth's death creates a power struggle. The terrific cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson,  David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Rafe Spall, and Derek Jacobi. 2011.]

Beginning of the Great Revival [Probably because of the 100 year anniversary last year, there were two competing films dealing with the 1911 Chinese Revolution that paved the way for Communism to flourish in China. The first was Jackie Chan's epic 1911, and the second is this action drama produced at least in part by the Chinese government. Anyone with an interest in China will want to rent both versions, but it is safe to say that Chan's film is probably more objective. Still, this version does have an impressive cast featuring Daniel Wu, Chow Yun-Fat, director John Woo and Andy Lau. Directed by Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin. 2011.]

Billy the Kid: American Experience [Intriguing 2012 PBS documentary about the real Bill the Kid, separating fact and fiction.]


Custer's Last Stand: American experience [2012 PBS doucmentary detailing the life of controversial General George Armstrong Custer and his infamous last stand at Little Bighorn.]

Cyberbully [Emily Osment and Kay Panabaker star in this well-made ABC Family drama about the cyberbully phenomena that plagues the internet and vulnerable teenagers today.]

Downton Abbey: Season 2 [Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern return for another great season of the British TV series that has been winning all sorts of awards. In this season, the Abbey is converted into a convalescent home for injured WWI soldiers, changing life there considerably. 2012.]

Elephant in the Living Room, The [Director Michael Webber tackles the controversial topic of normal people who are obsessed with keeping exotic animals as pets by focusing on Tim Harrison, a cop whose friend was killed by an exotic pet, and Terry Brumfield, who raises two African lions. 2011.]

Far from the Madding Crowd [1998 version of the Thomas Hardy literary classic about a strong-willed British woman who romances several men while trying to keep her farm afloat. Paloma Baeza, Nigel Terry, Nathaniel Parker, and Jonathan Firth star in this excellent BBC take that holds its own against the 1967 Julie Christie-Alan Bates-Peter Finch-Terence Stamp big screen version. Directed by Nicholas Renton.] 

IT Crowd, The: Season 1 and 2 [Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson star in this hilarious sitcom about the behind the scenes chaos in a huge company's IT department, which is in the basement...literally. We have both seasons for rent separately.]

Janie Jones [Abigail Breslin gives a superb performance as a teenage girl who is left in the care of her father (Alessandro Nivola), a rocker on his way to a comeback when his ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Shue) goes to rehab and reveals that they have a daughter he never knew. A moving 2011 indie drama written and directed by David M. Rosenthal.]

Knuckle [James Quinn McDonaugh and Paddy The Lurcher Joyce have been enemies for life, but they are also related. In this 2011 documentary directed by Ian Palmer, we learn about an odd Irish tradition of settling family feuds through bare knuckle fighting.]


Lie, The [2011] [Joshua Leonard stars in and directed this cult black comedy about a frustrated man who wants to be a musician but is stuck in a lousy job and a marriage that is holding him back, prompting him to tell a big, life-changing lie. Jess Wexler and Mark Webber co-star. Note: if you saw Leonard in the fun, over the top horror flick Shark Night, he is totally unrecognizable here compared to his apperarnce in that film.]

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The: I Heart Mickey [Minnie gets a surprise birthday party in this animated special. 120 minutes. 2012.]

Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, The [Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser, Wendy Ferguson, Barry James, Gareth Snook and Sarah Brightman star in a dazzling new stage version of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Directed by Laurence Connor. 2012.]

Restless [Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska (2011's Jane Eyre, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland) star as offbeat lovers who meet at a funeral (an obvious homage to Harold & Maude) in this romantic dramedy. Gus Van Sant directed this gentle, moving 2011 film that received little attention and deserved better.]

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles [Intriguing 2011 documentary directed by Jun Toy dealing with mysterious tiled messages that have appeared in major cities around the world since the eighties.]

Song of Lunch, The [Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson give amazing performances in this BBC short drama based on a poem by Christopher Reid. Rickman plays a failed writer who decides to invite his ex-girlfriend (Thompson) to lunch 15 years later, bringing melancholy and bitterness to the table instead of resolve.  Directed by Niall MacCormick.]

Steam - The Turkish Bath [Colorful Italian drama of bored businessman Alessandro Gassman inheriting one of the last bathhouses in Turkey and finding romance and his life reinvigorated. Francesca D'Aloja also stars. Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in 1997.]

Sunset Limited, The [Fine two character HBO film based on the Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) play starring Tommy Lee Jones as a troubled college professor who is saved from suicide by a religious ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes he hears God talking. Jones also directed this superb 2011 drama.]


Wallander: Original Swedish Series [Krister Henrikssen is excellent as the title homicide detective in this film noir crime series that inspired the equally popular BBC series with Kenneth Brannagh in the role. 6 episodes are available on 6 separate discs. Based on Henning Mankell's popular crime novels.]

Warrior's Heart, A [Kellan Lutz (the Twilight Series) stars as a young man who has trouble dealing with his Marine father's death until his father's Marine pal (Adam Beach) helps him.  Also starring Gabrielle Anwar, Chord Overstreet and Ashley Greene. Directed by Mike Sears. 2011.]


Yakuza Weapon [The team that brought you Versus brings you this wild and crazy violent Asian Pulp flick about warring yakuza clans, hot women, and a guy with a machine gun attached to his arm. Not for the squeamish. Directed by Tak Sakaguchi and Yudai Yamaguchi. ]


Blu-ray:


Restless


Recent/New Arrivals:

Danzon [Maria Navaro directed this acclaimed 1991 Mexican drama starring Maria Rojo as a single mother whose only excitement is weekly ballroom dancing. When her partner disappears, she goes on a grueling search for him.]

Palace [Korean soap opera on 9 DVDs.]


Silver Fleet, The [Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight, Beresford Egan and Frederick Burtwell star in this 1943 British WWII film about the owner of a Dutch shipyard who pretends to collaborate with the Nazis to help save his wife and fellow workers. Produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Directed by Vernon Campbell Sewell and Gordon Wellesley.]

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn Part 1 [Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally head to the altar in this spectacular entry in the extremely popular Twilight Saga vampire/action/horror/romance hybrid series, leading to a child and more complications with werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene return for this megahit that is the setup for this year's huge ending. Unexpectedly exciting direction by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon.]


Blu-ray:


Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn Part 1



Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori

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