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, May 14, 2012

May 15, 2012

Blu-rays:

The Alien Anthology [In anticipation of the theatrical release of the Alien prequel Prometheus, we now have in stock the first 4 Alien films on Blu-ray: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Each are available as single rentals, and there is a 2 disc rental full of bonus features about all of the films. Sigourney Weaver appears in all of the films.]

Chronicle [2012][Sci-fi+Superheroes. A largely unknown cast headlines this well-reviewed sci-fi thriller about three ordinary high school boys who suddenly develop amazing powers. However, as their power grows, so does their dark side in this action-packed found footage film. Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, and Sheley Hinshaw star. Josh Trank directed this surprise hit.]

The Grey [Action. Liam Neeson cements his status as one of the world's biggest action stars in this thriller about a group of roughneck oil drillers whose plane crashes in the Alaskan wild. They must try to make it back to civilization but a pack of bloodthisrty wolves stand in their way in this non-stop chase classic. Joe Carnahan directed and Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, and James Badge Dale co-star. 2012.]

DVDs:

Albert Nobbs [British Isles+Ireland. Glenn Close gives a scary good performance as a 19th century Irish woman who poses as a man to work as a butler at a posh Dublin hotel. When she meets a handsome painter she finds attractive, she feels trapped in her own inescapable lie and questions whether her sacrifice was worth it or not over the years. The excellent cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Brendan Gleeson. Rodrigo Garcia directed this British 2011 drama that earned Close a Best Actress nomination  and McTeer a Best Supporting Actress nod.]

Bab'Aziz [Misc. Foreign. The director of Wanderers of the Desert made this epic desert journey drama about a blind dervish leading his spirited granddaughter to a reunion of dervishses that occurs every 30 years and tells her a colorful story of a prince along the way. Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Nessim Kahloul, Mohamed Grayaa, Kaveh Khodashenas, and Goishitteh Farahani star. Directed by Nacer Khemir.]

Chronicle [2012]

Conquest of Hawaii [Documentary. As the title implies, this fascinating History Channel documents how the beautiful island state was overrun by other cultures who took land from the natives and tried to make them civilized Christians. Feature length. 2003.]

The Grey

Inspector Morse's Oxford [British TV. In honor of the 25th anniversary of this revered British detective TV series, this fun documentary revisits many of the locations and interviews the author, actors, composer and the producers of the show to recall how it was created. A must for true fans of the show. Featuring appearances by John Thaw, Colin Dexter, Dr. Anthony Richards, Kevin Whately, Barrington Pheloung, Ted Childs, Chris Burt and Michele Buck. Directed by Stephen Gammond.]
Kinyarwanda [Black cinema or documentary. Moving documentary about Rwandans who survived the 1994 genocide by taking refuge in the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. Alrick Brown directed. Cassandra Freeman, Edouard Bamprki, Cleophas Kabaiita, Kennedy Mpazimpaka, and Hadidja Zaninka are interviewed.]

Little Senegal [Misc. Foreign. In this French-German drama, a Senegalese tour guide at a slave museum travels to New York to find his ex-slave ancestors and discovers the tension between Africans and African-Americans in the people and the relatives he meets. Sotigui Kouyate, Sharon Hope and Roschoy Zem star. Rachid Bouchareb directed. 2001.]
Michael [2011] [German. Creepy horror character study of meek insurance agent who secretly holds a 10 year old boy captive in a locked room in his basement. The cast includes Michael Fuith, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss, Victor Tremmel, and Greta Salcher. Directed by Markus Schleinzer.]

My Piece of the Pie [France. Delightful French comedy starring Karen Viard as a single mother who loses her job at a factory and becomes the housekeeper for wealthy broker Gilles Lellouche. When his 3 year old son comes to stay, he gives her more responsibility and she realizes that she can get revenge on the man who fired her. Co-starring Audrey Lamy, Jean-Pierre Martins, Raphaele Godin, Kevin Bishop, Fred Ulysse, Marine Vacht, and Zinedine Soualem. Directed by Cedric Klapisch.]

Norman Mailer The American [Documentary. Joseph Mantegna directed this excellent documentary about the controversial writer (The Naked and the Dead), actor (Ragtime), filmmaker (Coming Apart, Tough Guys Don't Dance) and all around rabble-rouser. Never afraid to slug a foe or speak his mind about injustices or perceived idiocy, Mailer was a true American firebrand and one of our country's most fascinating characters. Full of rare interviews with Mailer and those closest to him.]

Norwegian Wood [Japan. In late 1960's Tokyo, a young student is faithful to his first love, a quiet beauty, whose romance was forged when their best friend died years before. When he meets a free-spirited and lighthearted girl, he must choose between the two women in this charming dramedy directed by Tran Anh Hung.]

Rampart [Cult+Film Noir. Woody Harrelson gives a stunning performance as a Vietnam vet and Rampart district cop in L.A. whose life starts falling to pieces when he is caught on tape beating a suspect. Can he change his ways before he self-destructs? The terrific cast includes Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Oren Moverman. 2011.]

Reykjavik to Rotterdam [Mark Wahlberg's 2012 thriller Contraband was a fun remake of this 2008 Icelandic film starring Baltasar Kormakur as an ex-booze smuggler who is forced into doing one last dangerous job. Kormakur also directed the Wahlberg version. Ingmar E. Sigurdsson, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Lilia Nott Thorarinsdotur co-star. Directed by Oskar Jonasson.]

We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco  [Electrifying documentary about how the arrival of AIDS affected San Francisco and how the people dealt with the deadly disease through tragedy and loss and found the will to survive. Featuring appearances by Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, and Eileen Glutzer. David Weissman directed. 2011.]

Recent/New Arrivals:
Dreamchild [Underrated 1985 British film about the awkward relationship between writer Lewis Carroll and the real-life inspiration for his Alice in Wonderland books. Fantasy segments from the books are interjected in the drama and feature Jim Henson's creature design. Coral Browne, Peter Gallagher, Ian Holm, Jane Asher, Nicola Cowper, Caris Corfman, and Amelia Shankley star. Gavin Miller directed. 1985. DVD debut!]

Ganja and Hess   [Kino remaster of the 1973 blaxploitation cult classic take of the vampire legend starring Duane Jones and Marlene Clark. Directed by Bill Gunn.]

Los Olvidados  [Alfonso Mejia, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, and Miguel Inclan star in Luis Bunuel's neo-realistic classic about Mexico City juvenile delinquents who try to survive the slums. The story focuses on one boy who wants to be good and tries to extricate himself from a gang when a fellow member is murdered. This is the first time we have carried this on DVD.]

Sankofa [Striking African-American drama that microcosmically shows how slaves were created and treated as they make their way to the new world.]

Visions of 8 [ Eight of the world's best directors (Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Jun Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, and Mai Zetterling) cover different aspects of competition at the 1972 Munich Olympics in this terrific and beautiful 1973 documentary that has rarely been shown since its release. Henry Mancini provided the superb musical score. Recommended.  DVD debut! ]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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