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 21, 2012

May 22, 2012

Blu-Ray:

The Woman in Black [Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is excellent in this chilling and noirish gothic horror tale as a widowed lawyer who is sent to a small town to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. It soon appears that everyone in town is keeping deadly secrets, and the house of his client is home to a ghost that is seeking bloody vengeance. Ciaran Hinds (Persuasion, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) co-stars. Directed by James Watkins. 2012 production made by the new Hammer Studios.]


DVDs:

Certified Copy [The Criterion Collection] [Fine French-Italian-Belgium drama starring Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell as two people who meet and get to know each other gradually during the course of one day. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. 2010.]

Corpo Celeste [In this Italian coming of age drama, a 13 year old native Italian girl returns home after living in Switzerland for 10 years. She is sent to classes at a Roman Catholic church but soon sees through the hypocrisy of the priest and forges her own destiny. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. 2012 Film Movement release.] 

Hell on Wheels: Season 1 [Violent and thrilling western AMC TV show in which ex-Confederate officer Anson Mount lands in a dangerous and booming railroad town looking for the Union soldiers who murdered his wife. Co-starring Colm Meaney, Common, and Dominique McElligott. This will help fill the void left by Deadwood's cancellation. 2011.]

Kruetzer Sonata, The [Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars as an obsessively jealous husband who thinks his pianist wife (Elisabeth Rohm from TV's Law and Order) is having an affair with a young violinist (Matthew Yang King) in this erotic noir thriller. Bernard Rose directed this updated version of a Leo Tolstoy story. 2008.]

The Last Circus [In this offbeat Spanish cult craziness, a sad clown joins a circus full of oddball characters, including a sadistic happy clown who humiliates him in their act and has a gorgeous acrobat wife he falls in love with. Their love triangle soon gestates into a literal war. Carlos Areces, Antonio De La Torre, Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafe, Alejandro Teheria, Jose Manuel and Cervino Manuel star. Directed by Alex De La Iglesia. 2011.]

Love Etc. [Jill Andresevic directed this witty, poignant and humorous 2012 documentary exploration of the universal stages of love in all forms, depicted through five real stories over the course of one year in NYC.]

Newlyweds [Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She's the One) stars in and directed this enjoyable romcom about newlyweds Burns and Caitlin Fitzgerald getting interrupted when their respective troubled sisters interfere in their marriage. Co-starring Kerry Bishe, Max Baker, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, and Dara Coleman. 2011.]

One for the Money [Katherine Heigl (TV's Grey's Anatomy) plays Stephanie Plum, a laid off lingerie buyer who decides to become a bailbondswoman, in this cute film version of Janet Evanovich's best-selling novel. Of course, her first case involves chasing down her ex-lover (the charming Jason O'Mara from TV's Terra Nova and Life on Mars). Julie Anne Robinson directed this fast-paced 2012 action comedy co-starring Daniel Sunjata and John Leguizamo.]
 
Perfect Sense [Offbeat sci-fi cult romance starring Eva Green as a scientist and Ewan McGregor as a chef who meet and fall in love just when an epidemic shows up erasing sensory perceptions. For some reason, they are not affected by the disease. They try to find out why. Ewen Bremer, Stephen Dillane,  Denis Lawson and Connie Nielsen co-star. Directed by David Mackenzie. 2012.]

Red Tails [George Lucas executive produced this slick war drama about how the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American combat team, was formed in WWII. Somewhat predictable and formulaic, but the attention to detail, the glossy production and the great aerial action sequences steal the show from actors Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard. Directed by Anthony Hemingway. 2012.]

Sherlock: Season 2 [Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Martin Freeman (The Office British version) return as the wonderfully quirky new Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson respectively in three new feature-length adventures that make up Season 2: A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Reichenbach Fall. Like Season 1, this modern day version of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories is refreshing, superbly acted and an excellent companion piece to the recent Robert Downey, Jr.-Jude Law hit movie series.  From BBC Video. 2012. ]

This Means War [In this wacky action romantic comedy, Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (Warrior, Bronson) star as two hunky CIA agents who literally go to war over Reese Witherspoon's affections. If you liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith or are a fan of the attractive leads, you should find this over the top silliness fun. Directed by McG (Charlie's Angels and TV's Chuck) in 2012. ]

United [Uplifting British sports drama based on a true story of how Manchester United, the youngest championship soccer team in English history, rose from the ashes of a plane crash. Starring David Tennant, Jack O'Connell, Dougray Scott, Sam Claflin, Dean Andrews, Kate Ashfield, David Calder, Neil Dudgeon, Tim Healy, and Melanie Hill. Directed by James Strong. 2012.]

William and Mary: Seasons 1 and 2 [Fun British sictom starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as a lonely undertaker who meets his perfect match online: a reluctant midwife played by Julie Graham. The rocky relationship between this odd couple will have you laughing and crying. 2003.] 

The Woman in Black

Recent/New Arrivals:

A Bronx Tale [Universal Remaster] [Robert De Niro directed and starred in this excellent 1993 drama about an 11 year old New York boy who is torn between his hard-working but ordinary bus driver father (De Niro) and a charismatic but dangerous mob boss. Chazz Palminteri gives a star-making performance as De Niro's rival. This marked De Niro's directing debut. This new master is an improvement over the previous HBO release.] 

The Jungle Book [Many Disney fans consider this fun animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic to be one of his best as it follows jungle boy Mowgli's adventures as he meets new animal friends. Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sebastian Cabot and George Sanders provide the great voices. This 1967 classic was the last animated film that Walt Disney personally spervised before his death. The popular song "The Bare Necessities" was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Back in stock.] 


Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows [In this TV movie, Judy Davis gives an incredible performance as one of the greatest female singers of our time, capturing her brilliance, passion, neuroses and fragility perfectly. Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, Tammy Blanchard and Marsha Mason  also star. Directed by Robert Allan Akcerman. Back in stock.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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