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, April 8, 2012

New Releases - April 10, 2012

Caught Inside [Adam Blaiklock directed this Australian action film about a group of extreme surfers who go on a boat trip to find the best waves, but a pleasant voyage turns into a nightmare when two female surfers join the party at the last minute, spurring shocking violence. Ben Oxenbould, Daisy Betts, Sam Lyndon, Simon Lyndon, Leeanna Walsman, Harry Cook, and Peter Phelps star. 2011.]

Charlotte Rampling: The Look [Directed by Angelina Maccarone, this excellent film documentary covers the fascinating career and private life of versatile actress Charlotte Rampling, who has given fine performances in films like The Swimming Pool, Georgy Girl and Farewell, My Lovely. In addition to Rampling's own observations and stories, close friends author Paul Auster and photographer Juergen Teller are interviewed.  2011.]

Darkest Hour, The [A fine cast, including Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Secret), Max Minghella (Ides of March, The Social Network), and Rachael Taylor (TV's Grey's Anatomy, Charlie's Angels), takes a backseat to amazing special effects in this sci-fi action thriller about a group of beautiful young people trying to survive an alien invasion while visiting Moscow. Although we have seen a lot of alien attacks in the last several years (War of the Worlds, Battle L.A., Skyline, etc., to name a few), this one stands out for its extensive location work actually done in Moscow, making this one of the few big American films to shoot there. Directed by Chris Gorak and co-produced by Timur Beknanbetov (Wanted). 2011.]

Into the Abyss [Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) directed this balanced documentary about death row inmate Michael Perry, those who were affected by his crime, and why there are so many varying views of the death penalty in our country.]

Iron Lsdy, The [Meryl Streep gives a phenomenal performance (what else is new?) as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher in this moving if somewhat controversial bio of the ground-breaking world leader. During her tenure, Thatcher had to deal with a war, sexism, the IRA and many other weighty problems, but we also see her vulnerable side as she deals with oncoming dementia in her later years.  Jim Broadbent,  Olivia Colman, Roger Allam, Susan Brown, Richard E. Grant and Anthony Head also star in this intriguingly structured drama that earned Streep another Best Actress Academy Award, her third Oscar and her first win in 20 years. Directed by Phyllida Law, who also directed Streep in the immensely entertaining Mamma Mia!. 2012.]


Justice League: Doom [The Dark Knight is still trying to get the goods on the Justice League if they go rogue in this animated feature, and he just may get his wish as a super villain steals secret files on them. Its up to our heroes to stop him. The stellar voice talent on this DC Comics adaptation features Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum. Directed by Lauren Montgomery. 2012.]


Man V. Food Nation [Man V. Food host Adam Richman takes on Food Nation for this Travel Channel show in which he goes head to head in food competitions with chefs across the United States. Bring your appetite. ]

Mill and the Cross, The [The story behind Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting The Way to Calvary is the focus of this true period drama starring Rutger Hauer as the artist.  Co-starring Charlotte Rampling,  and Michael York. Lech Majewski directed this Polish-Swedish 2011 co-production.]


Miss Representation [Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the talented wife of Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom, wrote and directed this polished documentary about how the media contributes to the undermining of women in social status, power and politics, . Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem are among those interviewed. 2012.]

Single-Handed: Set 1 [This set introduces Owen McDonnell as a police sergeant who has to solve sordid crimes in beautiful Ireland. Ian McElhinney, Ruth McCabe, and David Herlihy co-star in this acclaimed UK TV series.]

Sleeping Beauty [Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, and Chris Haywood star in this controversial erotic drama about a young college beauty who decides to take a job as a woman who will let men do anything they want to her while she sleeps. Jane Campion presented this 2011 film directed by Julia Leigh.]

Torchwood: Miracle Day [John Barrowman returns as Captain Jack Harkness in this fourth season, which has him time-traveling to America for the first time to battle an evil and enjoyably over-the-top Bill Pullman. Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, and Alexa Havins also star in this 2011 10 part BBC production made for the Starz! Channel. 4 separate rentals.]

Witches of Oz, The [Paulie Rojas stars as the granddaughter of the writer of the classic Oz books who is writing her own series of children's books based on Oz when she discovers Oz really exists. Things get complicated when she has to go after the Wicked Witch of the West in this sci-fi fantasy miniseries. Co-starring Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara, Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, and Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Leigh Scott. 2011.]


Blu-rays:

Iron Lady

War Horse

Recent/New Arrivals:

Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight [Tetsuro Tamba, who played Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice, plays a suicidal swordsman who is rescued by sexy prostitutes and recruited to help them wipe out the competition. Teruo Ishii, who did Female Yakuza Tale, directed this wild and enjoyably over-the-top Japanese "Pink" cult classic. Lots of nudity and violence who are into that sort of thing. First time in stock!]


Pygmalion [Excellent 1938 version of George Bernard Shaw's classic story of linguistics professor Henry Higgins' attempt to turn a flower peddling urchin into a lady. Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller are great as the leads. Directed by Howard and Anthony Asquith. With Wildrid Lawson, Marie Lohr, Scott Sunderland, Jean Cadell and David Tree. The Criterion Collection. First time in stock!]


Sometimes  a Great Notion  [Paul Newman directed and starred in this underrated 1970 film version of Ken Kesey's novel about a ballsy independent Oregon lumber family who defy strkers and continue logging with tragic results.  Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin and Richard Jaeckal head the fine cast. Although the film had a troubled past (Newman replaced director Richard Colla after a falling out), it contains several moving scenes, particularly those with Fonda and Jaeckal, that give it classic status. An amiable musical score by Henry Mancini also helps. DVD debut!]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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