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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Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Releases - July 10, 2012

DVDs:
American Reunion [Let the rudeness re-begin! The American Pie all-stars (Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid and Shannon Elizabeth), some of whose careers have skyrocketed and others not so much, return for this fourth film in the wacky sex comedy series. This time they are having their high school reunion but they still have only one thing on their minds. Directed by Jon Hurwitz. 2012.]
Being Flynn [Moving true drama starring Paul Dano as an unfocused young writer who finally finds a meaningful job at a homeless shelter. After an 18 year absence, his errant writer father (well-played by Robert De Niro) shows up one night looking for a bed, and they re-connect, finding their destinies are intertwined and start heading in a positive direction. Julianne Moore, Eddie Rouse, Olivia Thirlby and Lili Taylor co-star. Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie) directed. 2012.]
Big Bang Theory, The: Seasons 2 and 3 [Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar return as the geek physicists/heroes in this hilarious hit sitcom with Kaley Cuoco supplying the sex appeal as the hot girl next door they all want.]
Flowers of War, The [Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou) directed this excellent war drama starring a driven Christian Bale as a renegade American posing as a priest who finds himself barricaded in a Nanking church with schoolchildren and courtesans trying to survive when the Japanese invade. Ni Ni and Paul Schneider costar. 2011.]

Louie: Season 2 [Comic Louis C.K. returns with another season of his darkly funny sitcom that many critics and viewers consider the best and most groundbreaking comedy on TV. He plays a single dad trying to raise his kids, advance his career and get some on the side.]
Midsomer Murders: Set 20 [John Nettles and John Hughes return as the dedicated but flustered detectives trying to solve the bizarre murders plaguing the quiet town of Midsomer in this hit British TV crime series, which is now on its 20th set! The episodes are Master Class, The Noble Art, Not in My Backyard, and Fit for Murder.]
Ocean Heaven [Jet Li gives a striking and deep performance in this change-of-pace drama as a father who lives a content life with his grown autistic son. When he learns that he has a terminal illness, he starts planning for his son's future care and well-being. Wen Zhang, Kwai Lun Mei, and Zhu Yuanyuan co-star. Xue Xiaolu directed.]
Pruitt-Igoe Myth, The [Chad Freidrichs directed this poignant documentary about the model for public housing that ended up being demolished in 1976, 20 years after it was built, stigmatizing modern architecture, public assistance programs and public housing residents.]
Saturday Night Live: The Women of SNL [Host Andy Cohen introduces both hilarious and poignant clips featuring some of the best moments highlighting the women of Saturday Night Live. You'll see extremely funny clips featuring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, and featuring many guests like Candice Bergen and Alec Baldwin. 2012. Highly recommended if you are an SNL fan or want to be!]
Third Mind, The: Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure [Musician Manzarek of The Doors and poet McClure match words with great contemporary poets (Alan Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and make beautiful music in this 2006 performance film directed by William Tyler Smith.]
Tomboy [2012][Moving French coming of age drama about a 10 year old girl who moves to the suburbs, passes herself as a boy, and falls in love with a girl. Zoe Heran and Jeanne Disson star. Celine Sciamma directed.]
Van Veeteren [Popular Swedish crime TV series. Episodes include: Borkmann's Point, Munster's Cave and Moreno and the Silence.]
Woodmans, The [C. Scott Willis directed this captivating but tragic documentary about Francesca Woodman, a photographer known for her nude self-portraits, and her brilliantly artistic family, including Betty, an internationally renowned ceramicist.]
Recent/New Arrivals:
My Blue Heaven [Steve Martin has a mob informer plugged into an ill-fitting California suburbia thanks to the witness protection system. Rick Moranis plays straight man as the flummoxed FBI agent watching over him. Directed by Herbert Ross. 1999. Back in stock.]
Name of the Rose, The [Sean Connery gives one of his best performances as a wily monk investigating several bizarre deaths plaguing a 14th century Benedictine monastery in this excellent 1986 Jean-Jacques Annaud (Amelie, The City of Lost Children) thriller that compares favorably to Sherlock Holmes' labyrinthian mysteries. Christian Slater gives a wonderful and endearing performance as the earnest young novice who helps Connery deduce whodunit. F. Murray Abraham, Elya Baskin and Michael Lonsdale co-star. Highly recommended! Back in stock.]
Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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