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, July 23, 2012

New Releases - July 24, 2012

DVDs:
4:44 Last Day on Earth [Cult director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral) directed this offbeat sci-fi love story starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh as two lovers who lock themselves away in a Manhattan highrise to spend their last moments of existence together after it is announced that the world will end at 4:44. In the hours that are left, they learn a lifetime about each other. Co-starring Natasha Lyonne and Paul Hipp. 2011.]
Arab Labor: Season 1 [Raucous Israeli sitcom about a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. Starring Norman Issa, Clara Khoury, Salim Daw, Mariano Idelman, and Mira Awad. 2008.]
Boss: Season 1 [Kelsey Grammer gives the performance of a lifetime as a powerful Chicago mayor whose secret degenerative brain disorder may derail his career as well as his life in this powerful TV drama. Grammer won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama. The terrific cast includes Connie Nielsen, Kathleen Robertson, Hannah Ware, Martin Donovan, Jeff Hephner, Francis Guinan, Rotini Akinosho, and Troy Garity. 2011. This graphic and superbly acted series is shown on the Starz! channel.]
Brake [Effective thriller starring Stephen Dorff as a secret service agent who is locked in a trunk and being psychologically and physically tortured by terrorists who want him to reveal where the president's emergency bunker is. Chyler Leigh, JR Bourne, and Tom Berenger co-star. Directed by Gabe Torres. 2011.]
Crazy Sexy Cancer [This inspired and funny documentary follows 31 year old actress/photographer Kris Carr who has an incurable cancer and spends 4 years trying to find a cure while living life to the fullest and trying to enjoy what time she last remaining. Directed by David Abraham. 2008.]
Day I Saw Your Heart, The [Cute romantic French comedy in which a father tries to get closer to his estranged daughter by getting close to her exes, but that only complicates things because she is already falling for a new love. Melanie Laurent and Michel Blanc star and Jennifer Devoldere directed in 2012. This comes from Film Movement.]
Deep Blue Sea [2011][Lovely and talented Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, Page Eight) is excellent as always as the well-to-do wife of judge Simon Russell Beale. However, her passionless marriage gives way to an exciting affair with troubled ex-RAF pilot Tom Hiddleston, leading to turmoil. Directed by Terence Davies.]
Footnote [Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film in 2011, this Israeli drama stars Shlomo Bar-Aba as a Talmudic Studies professor who fears the establishment and has never been recognized while son Lior Ashkenazi follows in his footsteps but has become a rising star in the field with many accolades. When Bar-Aba is finally chosen for a distinguished award, his son is overjoyed, but can he step aside and let his father take the limelight. Also starring Alisa Rosen, Alma Zak, Michah Lewensohn, Daniel Markovich, Yuval Scharf, and Nevo Kimchi. Directed by Joseph Cedar.]
Inspector Lewis: Series 5 [Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, and Rebecca Front return for the 5th season of this popular British TV crime series. Episode titles: Soul of Genius, Generation of Vipers, Fearful Symmetry and The Indelible Stain. 2012.]
Jiro Dreams of Sushi [David Gelb directed this delectable documentary about 85 year old sushi chef Jiro Ono, who is considered by many to be the best sushi chef. His small Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. 2012.]
Le Havre [Aki Kaurismaki directed this French feel-good comedy starring Blonden Miguel as a young African refugee who crosses paths with kind, old Bohemian Andre Wilms, who stands up against local officials who want to deport Miguel. Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Elina Salo, Evelyne Didi, Quoc-Dung Nguyen, Laika, and Francoise Monnie co-star. 2011.]
Michael Wood's Story of England [Acclaimed documentarian Wood tells the story of Kibworth in Leicestershire, an amalgamation of 3 ancient hamlets in the heart of England that have survived the Roman occupation, Norman Conquest, Black Death, Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, WWII and more. 2012.]
Monitor, The [Noomi Rapace(The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) stars in this Norwegian-German-Swedish horror film as a woman who escapes with her son from her abusive husband. Although they are far away, she is afraid her hubby will find them, so she gets an electronic baby monitor. However, it makes sounds like a child is being murdered, scaring her. Is it a child in the building or her own son being killed? Also starring Kristoffer Joner. Directed by Pal Sletaune. 2012.]
My Way [Jang Dong-Gun and Joe Odagiri star respectively as young Korean and Japanese men who are friendly but intense competitors as marathoners. They soon meet again as WWII soldiers, first for Japan, then the Soviet Union, and Germany before finally arriving at Normandy, France, having shared an amazing experience despite their differences. 2011 Korean war drama directed by Je-kyu Kang.]
Silent House [This visually daring horror film is presented in real time in one uninterrupted shot. Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars as a young woman who finds herself locked in an increasingly ominous family lake house with no outside contact. Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens also star. Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water).]
Treasure Island [2011][Well-cast miniseries remake of the famous pirate action tale. Starring Eddie Izzard, Philip Glenister, Rupert Penry Jones, Toby Regbo, Daniel Mays, Reda Kateb, Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood. Directed by Steve Barron.2011.]
Recent/New Arrivals:
Will Penny [In this classic 1968 western, Charlton Heston gives a fine performance as an aging cowboy who is brutally bushwhacked by vicious outlaws and left for dead. A beautiful married woman and her young son nurse him back to health and he falls in love with her, but with the outlaws coming back for the kill, a deadly showdown may end his happiness. The fine cast includes Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors, Bruce Dern, Anthony Zerbe and Slim Pickens. An excellent western character study capturing both the violence and romance of the period. Directed by Tom Gries (The Hawaiians, Brian's Song) in 1968. Recommended! Back in stock.]
Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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