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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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Releases - April 24, 2012

Angelina Ballerina: Ultimate Dance Collection [Three programs: Pop Star Girls, Dancing on Ice and The Shining Star Trophy.]

Birdsong [Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn) stars in this effective adapatation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story about a young Englishman who has an illicit affair with a French woman and is haunted by the memory of it when he fights on the brutal Western front during WWI years later.  Clemence Posey, Joseph Mawle, Anthony Andrews, Marie Josee Croze, Matthew Goode, Laurent Lafitte, and Richard Madden co-star. Directed by Phillip Martin for British TV. 2012.]

Carmen & Geoffrey [This beautiful documentary explores the long lasting and loving relationship between Alvin Ailey dancer Carmen de Lavallade and dancer-actor Geoffrey Holder (Live and Let Die). Featuring Boscoe Holder, Leo Holder, Gus Solomons, Jr., Dudley Williams, Judith Jameson, and Alvin Ailey. 2006.]

Contraband [2012] [Mark Wahlberg  stars as an ex-smuggler turned family man who is forced to do one last dangerous run when a ruthless drug kingpin threatens his family in this non-stop actioner. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster and Caleb Landry Jones also star. Directed by Balthasar Komakur.]

Cook County [In this well-acted and stark drama, Xander Berkeley plays an ex-con, ex-meth addict who tries to help his son fight his own addiction, fueled by Berkeley's abusive methhead brother. Co-starring Anson Mount, Ryan Donowho, Polly Cole, Rutherford Cravens, Makenna Fitzsimmons, and Toby Lister. Directed by David Pomes. 2009.]

Crime after Crime [Compelling documentary about two rookie attorneys re-opening the case against Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over 25 years in connection with the murder of the man who abused her. Yoav Potash directed. Deborah Peagler, Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa appear.]

Divide, The [Lauren German (TV's Hawaii Five-O), Michael Biehn (TV's The Magnificent Seven), Milo Ventimiglia (TV's Heroes), Courtney B. Vance (TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Edlund, Ashton Holmes and Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan, Crash) star in this Xavier Gens film. While the world is nuked, nine strangers hunker down in an apartment to survive but soon start turning on each other with horrific results in this effective apocalyptic horror thriller. 2012.] 

Fields, The [Gothic horror with Cloris Leachman great as a grandmother who takes in her grandson to live on her farm. He soon develops a fascination with the creepy cornfield surrounding them that soon yields terror. Also starring Tara Reid, Bev Applteon, Faust Checho, Brian Anthony Wilson, Karen Ludwig, and Joshua Ormond. Directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni. 2012.] 

Imax: Born to Be Wild [Morgan Freeman narrates this beautiful Imax documentary about the special bond between humans and animals by focusing on the lush rainforests of Borneo with Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas and the Kenyan savannah with Dr. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick. Directed by David Lickley. 41 minutes plus webisodes.]

Innkeepers, The [In this better than average horror film, a supposedly haunted inn is closing and, during the last few weeks, weird guests and odd occurrences show up, giving employees proof that the place is really haunted. Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis and Pat Healy star in this Ti West film.]

Let the Bullets Fly [Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Jiang Wen and Ge You star as a bandit, a con man and an iron ruler who all fight over the rule of one town in this wild 2012 action comedy directed by Jiang Wen.]

Littlerock [A young Japanese brother and sister traveling through the US end up in Littlerock, California, drinking with locals, touring bars and causing a stir in the small town in this cult dramedy directed by Mike Ott. Starring Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro Sawamoto, Roberto Sanchez, Ryan Dillon, Brett L. Thinnes, and Markiss McFadden. 2010.]

Michael Tilson Thomas: Thomashefskys, The [Famous conductor Thomas explores his grandparents' legacy as the founders of the Yiddish Theater in America in this enjoyable combination of live performances and documentary footage. Judy Blazer, Shuler Hensley, Eugene Brancoveneau and Ronit Widmann-Levy appear. 2012.]

Pariah [Dee Rees directed this drama about a teenage black girl with a flair for poetry and who is quietly embracing her lesbian lifestyle but has trouble opening up to her squabbling parents. Adepero Oduye, Pernall Walker, Charles Parnell, Aasha Davis, Sarah Mellesse, and Kim Wayans star in this acclaimed coming of age drama set in Brooklyn. 2011.]

Rampage [2009] [Brendan Fletcher, Shaun Sipos, Matt Frewer, Lynda Boyd and Michael Pare star in this wild and crazy cult thriller about an angry small town man who feels the world coming down around him, so he puts on some Kevlar and starts shooting as many people as he can. Directed by cult director Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead).]

Reuniting the Rubins [Wacky UK farce in which lawyer Timothy Spall's dreams are put on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman, Pussy Galore from Goldfinger) wants him to reunite with his estranged kids one last time. James Callis, Rhona Mitra (Skinwalkers), and Blake Harrison also star.]

Shaun the Sheep: Shear Madness [7 more adventures with our woolly hero.]

Truth about Kerry, The [Beautiful Stana Katic (TV's Castle) plays a young American woman who travels to a small Irish village where her best friend was found dead, but she soon suspects that her death was no accident and that the town is hiding a terrible secret. Co-starring Darren Keefe, Jessica Margaret Dean, Paul Hardman, Ryan King, and Rick Yudt. Directed by Katie Torpey.]

Tyrannosaur [Paddy Considine directed this acclaimed and well-acted drama of an angry, self-destructive man who has a chance at redemption thanks to a Christian charity shop worker. Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan star. 2012.]

Young Goethe in Love [As the title suggests, this German drama follows young Goethe, a failing law student who yearns to be a poet and falls in love with a beauty who is promised to another man. Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreau, and Volkar Bruch star. Directed by Philipp Stolzl. 2010.]

Blu-ray:

Contraband [2012]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Getting of Wisdom, The [Bruce Beresford (Paradise Road, A Good Man in Africa) directed this 1978 coming-of-age drama starring Susannah Fowle as an independent country girl who is sent to a private school in the Victorian era Outback. When the other girls ridicule her, she fights back and starts to earn respect until a tiny white lie about a relationship threatens to derail everything. First time on DVD.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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