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, March 25, 2012

New Releases - March 27, 2012

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked [Jason Lee, as their manager, and the chipmunks return for a successful second sequel in this family friendly comedy series. This time, they go on a cruise with their female counterparts The Chippettes and end up shipwrecked on an island as the title implies.  As usual, kids will probably love this genial silliness a bit more than adults, but the impressive voice talents of Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney and Matthew Gray Gubler are also a plus in addition to the seamless combination of CGI and live action. David Cross co-stars. Directed by Mike Mitchell. 2011.] 

Betty White: Champion for Animals [Can comedy icon/veteran Betty White do anything wrong? The answer is a resounding no, and this enjoyable documentary is no exception as Betty travels across the United States visiting unique animals and animal lovers while sharing her own tales of her cherisehd pets. Directed by Robert Klane. 2011.]

Corman's World: The Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel [Veteran low producer-director Roger Corman, who is known for his low budget films that have never lost money no matter how cheesy, has discovered so many filmmakers and actors that it would fill a book if you listed them all. In this terrific documentary, we get an immensely enjoyable overview of his amazing 60+ year career, especially thanks to interviews with several of his friends and discoveries: Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, Pam Grier, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner and many more as well as Corman himself. Alex Stapleton directed this 2011 documentary that joins the ranks of super fun exploitation film docs like Machete Maidens, Not Quite Hollywood, etc.]

Dangerous Method [Iconic cult director David Cronenberg (Crash, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) continues to explore challenging new material with this fascinating period drama about young psychoanalyst Carl Jung and his romantic involvement with one of his patients. Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Keira Knightley (Atonement) are excellent as the leads, Viggo Mortensen (who also starred in Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and A History of Violence) is impressive as Jung's mentor and rival Sigmund Freud, and Vincent Cassel also co-stars. 2011.]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [This moving and intense drama features an excellent performance by Thomas Horn as a boy who is devoted to his father (wonderfully played by Tom Hanks) and is devastated when he dies in the 9/11/01 attack. While he is grieving, he discovers that he can still feel his father's presence in the world around him. In addition to Horn's and Hanks' performances, Sandra Bullock is also fine as the shocked wife, and Max Von Sydow received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the boy's unlikely new friend. Viola Davis and John Goodman co-star. Stephen Daldry (The Reader) directed this 2011 film that was also nominated for Best Picture.]

In the Land of Blood and Honey [Superstar Angelina Jolie made her directing debut with this drama about a Serbian policeman and a Muslim artist who fall in love just before the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. When the woman is captured and sent to a camp that the lover is in charge of, he does his best to covertly protect her despite the war around them. The film drew mixed reviews but is definitely worth a look. Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic play the lovers and Rade Serbedzija co-stars.]

My Joy [Russian Documentarian Serge Loznitsa makes his impressive fiction film debut with this thriller starring Victor Nemets as a truck driver who starts a routine delivery and ends up on the run from lethal thugs in the Russian underworld. 2011.]

Romantics Anonymous [Benoit Poelvoorde and Isabelle Carre star as extremely repressed chocolatiers who are brought together by their love of chocolate but find it hard to express their love for each other in this delicious French romantic farce. Jean-Pierre Ameris directed this 2010 confection.]

Swell Season, The  [The musicians who won an Oscar for Once's song,  Glen Hansard and Marketa Inglova, are highlighted in this 2011 documentary about the band they head: The Swell Season. Directed by Nick August-Perina, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis.]

Blu-ray:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

In the Land of Blood and Honey

Recent/New Arrivals:

David Lean Directs Noel Coward [This Criterion Collection set features the DVD debuts of the terrific 1942 WWII drama actioner In Which We Serve starring Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh and Richard Attenborough and the moving 1944 British family drama This Happy Breed with Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggart, Stanley Holloway, John Mills and Kay Walsh.  The set also includes fine remasters of the delightful 1945 ghost triangle Blithe Spirit featuring Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford, and Joyce Carey and the classic 1945 tragic tearjerking romance Brief Encounter starring Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Cyril Raymond, Stanley Holloway, and Joyce Carey. All four films are highly recommended.]

Night to Remember, A {The Criterion Collection presents an excellent remaster of the exciting 1958 British classic that recreated the sinking of the Titanic. Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe and David McCallum star in this worthy precursor to James Cameron's epic. Roy Ward Baker directed. Recommended.]   

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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