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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Monday, April 30, 2012

May 1, 2012

African Cats [From Disneynature comes this beautiful documentary about two families of African cats trying to make a home in an untamed land. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Keith Scholey. 2011.]

Albatross [Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) excels as a free spirited teen writer who starts work at a B & B run by a married ex-writer who begins to tutor her in more ways than one. She also befriends his shy daughter in this quirky comedy. Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones, and Peter Vaughn star. Niall MacCormick directed. 2011.]

Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart [World renowned banjoist Fleck realizes that his instrument has lost its musical heritage so he goes to Africa to find his folk roots in this music documentary. Directed Sascha Paladino. 2011.]

Cinema Verite [Excellent and fun depiction of the creation of the first reality TV show: An American Family, a fascinating PBS hour about an upper middle class family named The Louds who encounter various crises (marital woes, unhappiness, struggle for sexual identity, etc.) in the Seventies. Shari Springer directed this fine HBO dramedy with a great cast: Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini, Patrick Fugit, Kathleen Quinlan, Lolita Davidovich, Shanna Collins, and Thomas Dekker. Nominated for several Emmys. 2011.] 

Conquest, The [Intriguing and topical drama about French president Nicholas Sarkozy's rise to power especially now that he faces a touch run-off election for his second term in office. Denis Podalyes is magnetic in the lead, and Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Michele Moretti, Emmanuel Noblet and Hippolyte Giradot co-star in this 2011 Xavier Durringer film.]

Dark Tide [2012] [In this thriller, sexy Halle Berry plays a shark expert who is coaxed by her ex (played by Berry's real-life fiance Olivier Martinez) to lead a millionaire on a dangerous shark dive although she is still in shock over losing a friend to a shark on her last dive. Ralph Brown also stars in this film directed by actor turned director John Stockwell, who has specialized in waterbound movies like Blue Crush.]

Haywire [2012] [Beautiful and sexy MMA star Gina Carano makes a solid and magnetic starring debut as a hot black ops agent who is double crossed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. She kicks, beats and shoots a score of baddies until she finds out who framed her in this fun thriller. The terrific cast includes Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas. Steven Soderbergh (Contagion, Out of Sight) directed.]

Man Nobody Knew, The: In Search of My Father [Fascinating documentary by Carl Colby about his father William, a CIA spymaster who defied presidential orders and spilled many CIA secrets. Appearances by Seymour Hersh, Bob Kerrey, Walter Pincus, Donald Rumsfeld, James Schlesinger, and Bob Woodward.]

Mystery of Edwin Drood, The [Chilling adaptation of Charles Dickens' last unfinished novel about a troubled choirmaster who descends into obsession, addiction and madness when he falls in love with his favorite pupil, whose fiance is Edwin Drood. Matthew Rhys, Tamzin Merchant, Freddie Fox, Rory Kinnear, Amber Rose Revah and Sacha Dhawan star. Diarmuid Lawrence directed this British TV production, which safe to say is Dickens' least filmed work. 2012.]

Return [2011] [Linda Cardellini gives a fine performance as an Iraq war vet returning home to her family and finding herself and her world changed. She soon discovers solace in the arms of another vet (Mad Men's John Slattery) while struggling to find her place in society and whether she belongs with her family or not. Michael Shannon, Talia Balsam, Paul Sparks, Louisa Krause and Emma Lyle star in this drama directed by Liza Johnson.]

Salvador Allende [Patricio Guzman directed this documentary that delves into the life of the enigmatic leader of Chile from his 1970 election to his death during the bloody coup of 1973.]

Scenes of a Sexual Nature [Sex and relationships are explored through the eyes of 7 couple in various stages of love in this darkly funny British comedy with an all-star cast: Holly Aird, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Lester, Andrew Lincoln, Ewan McGregor, Gina McKee, Mark Strong, Catherine Tate, Polly Waler and more.]

Suits: Season 1 [Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty and Rick Hoffman star in this acclaimed and enjoyable legal TV dramedy about a Manhattan corporate law firm that hires an associate who has no law degree but has an amazing and intuitive memory which helps win cases. 2011.]

Time Thet Remains, The [Ella Suleiman directed this moving and amusing autobiographical portrait of his family as they try to survive in the Israeli Arab community between 1948 and present day. Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Samar Dudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali, and Tarek Dubti star.]

Titanic [2012] [Solid and lavish British TV miniseries version of the ill-fated voyage which is commemorating its 100th anniversary. Oscar and Emmy winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, TV's Downton Abbey) wrote the screenplay of this exciting thriller that holds its own against the previous versions. The cast includes Ruth Bradley, Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Captain America), Linus Roache (Law & Order), Geraldine Somerville, Linda Kash, Timothy West and James Wilby.]  

W.E. [British romantic drama about a young New York woman who obsesses over King Edward VIII's love for American Wallis Simpson that led to his giving up the throne. She finds secret letters that fuel her interest in this acclaimed second film directed by Madonna. Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, David Harbour, James Fox and Judy Parfitt star.]

Blu-ray:

African Cats

Recent/New Arrivals:

Battle of Chile, The [Sweeping Patricio Guzman epic documentary about Salvador Allende's rise to power in Chile, ending in a tragic coup d'etat.]

Go Tell the Spartans [Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer and Craig Wasson star in this underrated war drama about an outnumbered US platoon trying to keep control of a small Vietnamese village. Directed by Ted Post. Back in stock.]

I, Claudius: 35th Anniversary Edition [Improved transfer of the British TV classic starring Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Sian Phillips, Patrick Stewart.]

Intruder, The [Great 1961 cult classic starring William Shatner as a rabblerouser against integrating schools in the South. Roger Corman directed this ripe melodrama that is one of his few straight dramas. Back in stock.]

Poirot: Series 4 [Three more episodes of the classic David Suchet series remastered in broadcast order: The ABC Murders, Death in the Clouds and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.]  

Tom Palazzolo's Chicago [Three evocative documentaries about Chicago: Labor Day East Chicago, I Married a Munchkin and Down Clark Street.]

Touch [Bridget Fonda, Christopher Walken, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Arnold, Gina Gershon and Lolita Davidovich headline Paul Schrader's whimsical cult comedy about an evangelist who stumbles across a young faith healer who may be the real thing. 1997. Back in stock.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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