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-Thurday, 12pm-8pm
Friday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm


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Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 8, 2012

Ayn Rand and The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged [Documentarian Chris Mortensen made this fascinating documentary that explores the factors and studies that helped shape Rand's controversial novel that correctly predicted America's current financial and social crises. 2012.] 


Chuck: Season 5 [The Final Season][The charming cult TV spy satire about a computer nerd/salesman in a Best Buy-like store turned superspy comes to an exciting and satisfying close this season. Wonderful Zachary Levi returns as the title hero and super hot Yvonne Strahovski again plays his sexy wife, an intelligent and lethal master spy. Regulars Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin return along with several surprise guests.]

The Dhamma Brothers [This documentary directed by Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein and Andrew Kukura delves into an Alabama prison that is the first in the US to hold a Vipessana retreat in which prisoners must do a demanding program of silent meditation and requiring 100 hours of meditation.]

From Time to Time[Gosford Park and Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes directed this offbeat British fantasy. In WWII London, a teen spends time with his grandmother and mystically sees past events from the Napoleonic Wars involving his family. Starring Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Carice Van Houten, Alex Etel, Pauline Collins, Hugh Bonneville, and Dominic West. 2009.]


George Harrison: Living in the Material World [Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Bob Dylan: No Direction Home) returns to directing music documentaries with this intimate look at Harrison, "the Quiet Beatle" and probably the most enigmatic member of The Fab Four. Using lots of rare, unseen footage, Scorsese covers George's early days with The Beatles, his tempestuous love life, his spiritual quest, his film producing, and his successful solo career. Recommended. Also contains extra footage not shown on HBO, where it premiered in 2011.]

Joyful Noise [Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton go head to head as women who have different ideas about how to rejuvenate their small town choir before the Joyful Noise Competition. Things get even more tense when their children find they are attracted to each other. Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, and Kris Kristofferson star in this fun if predictable feel good musical comedy. Directed by Todd Graff.]

The Kreutzer Sonata [Danny Huston, Elisabeth Rohm and Matthew Yang King star in a sexy and erotic noir about possessive husband Huston obsessing over beautiful pianist wife Rohm and the idea that she may be having an affair with violinist King. Bernard Rose directed this 2008 Canadian thriller updated from a classic Leo Tolstoy story.]

Marriages! [aka Mariages!][Three couples 10 years apart in age have relationships that come to a head during a wedding celebration in this wonderful 2004 French romantic comedy. Mathilde Seigner, Jean Dujardin (Best Actor winner for The Artist), Miou-Miou, Didier Bezace, Lio and Antoine Dulery star. Directed by Valerie Guignabodet.]

New Year's Eve [Garry Marshall (Pretty Womann) directed this sort of sequel to his hit Valentine's Day again featuring an amazing all star cast whose love lives intertwine on one of the biggest party nights of the year: New Year's Eve.  Starring Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo,  Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, and Sofia Vergara. 2011.]


Underworld: Awakening [Horror. In this 4th entry in the popular horror series, Kate Beckinsale returns as the sexy, leather-clad queen of vampires to help fight humankind who are determined to eliminate all vampires and lycans. The two previous enemies team up to take on mankind in one of the best entries in the franchise. Also starring Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, and Charles Dance. Directed by 2012.]

The Vow [Romance+Drama. Hit dramedy based on a true story featuring Rachel McAdams as a young wife who gets into a terrible car crash that erases her memory of the last five years. It's up to her husband Channing Tatum to refresh her memory and their romance before it slips away. Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, and Jessica Lange co-star in this 2012 film. Directed by Michael Sucsy.] 

Blu-rays:

Haywire [2012]

Underworld: Awakening

Recent/New Arrivals:

Conspiracy [Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, and Colin Firth star in this chilling and excellent drama about SS officers and high-ranking Nazis who gather near the end of WWII to decide the fate of the Jews. Directed by Frank Pierson. Back in stock.]

The Valley of the Bees [A 12 year old boy joins the Brotherhood of Teutonic Knights in this visually striking 1967 Czech drama about Christianity vs. paganism in the 13th century. Starring Udali Vcel, Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatikova, Zdenek Kryanek. and Josef Somr. Directed by Frantisek Vlacil.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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