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 28, 2012

May 29, 2012

Blu-ray:

The Secret World of Arrietty [Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo),  wrote and his Studio Ghibli produced this beautiful animated feature about a family of four inch high people who secretly borrow items to live on from the humans whose home they live in, but their daughter is accidentally discovered by the human boy in the house. He forms a friendship with her and keeps her secret. Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed this fun film that is very enjoyable if a bit less flashy than Miyazaki's previous stunners. It is based on the popular Mary Norton novels that also formed the basis of the John Goodman live action version. The excellent voice actors include Saorise Ronan, Mark Strong, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Bridget Mendler, Amy Poehler, Moises Arias, Carol Burnett, Olivia Colman and Geraldine McEwan. 2012.]

DVDs:

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life [The San Francisco native/diva/Broadway star/film star/TV star/singer is finally given a feature-length career tribute in this enjoyable documentary filled with rare footage and interviews with a legion of friends and admirers of the ever-cheery 90 year old icon. The many guests include Harry Kullijian, Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Tyne Daly, Barbara Walters, Jerry Herman, Tommy Tune, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Loni Anderson, JoAnne Worley, Bob Mackie, Rich Little, Marge Champion, Bruce Vilanch, Betty Garrett and Tippi Hedren. Directed by Dori Berinstein. 2011.]

Coriolanus [Ralph Fiennes directed and stars as the title character in this stylish and gutsy modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play about a powerful Roman general who rebels against his homeland when he refuses to follow the party line and teams with his former enemy to fight his former compatriots. The impressive cast features Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, and James Nesbitt. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "Shakespeare's Rambo!" and is one of Shakespeare's plays that is rarely adapted to film. 2012.]

First Beautiful Thing, The [Michaela Ramazzotti gives a beautiful performance as an optimistic mother trying to raise two children against all odds in this charming and moving Italian dramedy. Also starring Valerio Mastandella, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Panfolfi, and Marco Messerei. Directed by Paolo Virzi. 2010.] 

Gone [In this fast-paced noir suspense thriller, Amanda Seyfried (In Time, Mamma Mia!) takes the law into her own hands as she hunts a serial killer she believes kidnapped her younger sister.  Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter (TV's Dexter), Sebastian Stan and Wes Bentley also star. Directed by Heitor Dhalia in 2012.]


Goon [Seann William Scott stars in this US-Canadian sports comedy as an unhappy bouncer who accidentally finds his calling as a pro hockey player because he can beat guys up while standing on ice. Maybe now he'll get his life together and find a girlfriend if he can only learn to skate. This rude action comedy was co-written by co-star Jay Baruchel (The Sorceror's Apprentice). Also starring Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Kim Coates, and Eugene Levy. Directed by Michael Dowse. 2011.]

Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song [The iconic African-American singer/actor/activist is given a long overdue feature documentary that charts his singing and acting success in the 1950's to his activism in the civil rights movement in the Sixties that continues to this day. Friends and co-workers Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Martin Luther King Jr. and others are featured and interviewed about his contribution to the arts and society. Directed by Susanne Rostock for HBO. 2011.]

Man on a Ledge [Offbeat thriller with a wild and crazy high concept heist premise starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Wrath of the Titans) as an ex-cop who escapes from prison to mastermind a diamond heist and prove his innocence while perched on a hotel ledge.  Jamie Bell plays his supportive brother who is actually stealing the jewel while Worthington keeps cops busy. Also starring Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Genesis Rodiguez, and Ed Harris. Directed by Asger Leth. 2012.]

Memorial Day [Jonathan Bennett, John Cromwell, James Cromwell, and Jackson Bond star in this war drama in which a grandfather tells his grandson about his harrowing experiences in WWII on Memorial Day, 1993. Years later, the grandson goes through similar experiences in the Iraq War. Directed by Sam Fischer. 2010.]

The Secret World of Arrietty

Silver Tongues [Intriguing noirish indie thriller starring Lee Tergesen (TV's Oz) and Enid Graham as twisted lovers who travel from town to town playing games with people they meet by pretending to be other people. After they cause emotional wreckage, they move to the next town. However, the game changes when they get bored and target each other to see who will win. Co-starring Tate Ellington, Emily Meade, Harvey Evans, Portia, Adam Lefevre, and Rosa Arredondo. Written and directed by Simon Arthur. 2012.]

Teen Wolf: Season 1 [Surprisingly good and serious MTV version of the classic Michael J. Fox comedy about a teen who becomes the talk of high school when he gets turned into a werewolf. Tyler Posey is quite good as the title anti-hero. Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin also star. This time, it has great special effects and makeup that make the original pale by comparison  2011.]

Titantic's Final Mystery [Titanic detective Tim Maltin follows the path of the ill-fated cruise ship debunking myths and telling us what really happened. Feature length doc directed by Nigel Levy for The Smithsonian Channel. 2012.] 

True Blood: Season 4 [The guilty pleasure vampire HBO TV series returns with fun cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kevin Alejandro,  Marshall Allman, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer Van Stratten, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Janina Gavankar, Todd Lowe, Joe Manganiello, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Fiona Shaw, Jessica Tuck, and Deborah Ann Woll. This season, a powerful witches' coven interferes with the vampire world while Sookie is caught between a vampire king and a former Viking. 2011.]

We Need to Talk about Kevin [In this disturbing thriller, Tilda Swinton gives a riveting performance as a mother who has to deal with her baby boy turned teenager as he becomes increasingly evil while her husband John C. Reilly is unrealistically optimistic.  Ezra Miller plays the nasty son. Directed by Lynne Ramsay from the award winning novel by Lionel Shriver. 2011.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Summer Interlude [Early Ingmar Bergman drama starring Maj-Britt Nilsson as an unhappy beauty who looks back on a tragic teenage affair she had.  Co-starring Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson, Georg Funkquist, Stig Olin, Mimi Pollak, Renee Bjorling, and Gunnar Olsson. 1951. From the Criterion Collection. DVD debut!]

Summer with Monika[Ingmar Bergman's 1953 drama about a teen romance playing out through a summer at the beach stars Harriet Anderson (a Bergman regular in her first film of many for him). Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, John Harryson, Georg Skarstedt, Gosta Ericsson, Ake Fridell, Naemi Briese, Ake Gronberg, Gosta Gustafsson, and Sigge Furst. From the Criterion Collection. DVD debut!]

Too Late Blues [John Cassavetes directed this excellent 1962 jazz noir drama starring singer-actor Bobby Darin as a bandleader who hires hot singer Stella Stevens, falls in love with her, and gets into a fight that ruins his reputation and sends his world into a tailspin. Vincent Edwards and Cassavetes regular Seymour Cassel co-star. This was Cassavetes' first studio film.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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