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, August 20, 2012

New Releases - August 21, 2012

Blu-ray:

Separation, A [2011 Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner. Moving Iranian drama in which a couple must decide between moving out of town for the best interest of their child or staying to care for an Alzheimer's Disease stricken parent. Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseni, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, and Barak Karimi star. Asghar Farhadi directed.]

DVDs:

9/11 The Day That Changed the World [Two excellent and definitive Smithsonian Channel documentaries about the infamous 9/11 terror attacks and the aftermath. The second documentary is Stories in Fragments. Martin Sheen narrates and Rudy Giuliani, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Chaney and Laura Bush are featured.]

Azur and Asmar: The Prince's Quest [Michel Ocelot directed this beautiful animated film about two boys, a nobleman's son and a nurse's child, who bond while listening to stories as kids. However, the angry nobleman separates them and years later they try to reunite. Nigel Pilington, Suzanna Nour and Nigel Lambert provide the voices.]

Bel Ami [in the vein of Dangerous Liaisions, this lavish and beautiful period melodrama stars Robert Pattinson as a handsome but penniless ex-soldier who works his way up the social ladder by romancing and using many beautiful women. The terrific cast includes Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colm Meaney, and Christina Ricci. Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 2012.]


Bernie [2012] [Cult director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) directed this darkly hilarious 2012 comedy based on a bizarre true story. Jack Black gives his best performance as the title character, a kind and very popular funeral director who befriends a wealthy widow sourpuss (wonderfully played by Shirley MacLaine), cares for her and spends most of his time with her, much to everyone's surprise. Everyone is even more surprised when she disappears and he is arrested for her murder. Matthew McConaughey co-stars in this cult farce that was a big hit with critics and Linklater fans.]

Dictator, The: Banned and Unrated [Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen returns in the guise of yet another new hysterical character, a pompous deposed dictator who goes to New York and is forced to work in a health store. Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley also star in this rudely hilarious farce directed by Larry Charles. 2012.]

Gruffalo's Child [Sequel to the critically acclaimed animated family short with voices by Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, and Shirley Henderson. Johannes Weiland directed.]

Hick [2011] [Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo, Kick-Ass) stars as a teen girl who runs away from her alcoholic and abusive parents and hits the road with a questionable young pair (Eddie Redmayne and Blake Lively). Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis co-star. Derek Martini directed this road trip drama.]

Hide Away [2009] [2009] [Moving indie drama starring Josh Lucas as a successful but emotionally lost businessman who starts to find solace on a dilapidated sailboat and by interacting with 3 fascinating locals. Ayelet Zurer, Jon Tenney, Taylor Nichols, and James Cromwell also star in this film directed by Chris Eyre.]

House, M.D.: Season 8 [TV's most acerbic doctor gets his final chapter in this 8th and final season full of laughs and tears, but will he and his best friend survive life threatening diseases? Emmy winner Hugh Laurie returns in the title role with Robert Sean Leonard as his best bud. Jennifer Morrison and Olivia Wilde return for guest shots in the final episode.]

Kirikou and the Sorceress [Michel Ocelot directed this animated feature about a tiny boy named Kirikou who tries to free his African village from a curse placed by evil sorceress Karaba.]

Misfits: Season 1 [Sci-fi British TV series about teens doing community service who develop superpowers during a storm. Ivan Rheon, Robert Sheehan, Lauren Sacha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Antonia Thomas star.]

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory [In this conclusion to the chilling documentary trilogy, the three men accused of a 1993 satanic ritual killing find out whether they win their 18 year fight to prove their innocence or not.]

Real Olympics< The [Excellent documentary about the differences between the ancient Olympics and the modern day version.]

Revenge: Season 1 [This fun, glossy and ripe TV melodrama full of beautiful people stars Emily Van Camp as a young beauty who returns to the Hamptons to get vengeance on the people who left her father's life in ruins. Madeleine Stowe plays the stunning cougar villainess. Dishy fun with an excellent cast.]

Separation, A

Teddy Bear [Danish drama about a shy 38 year old Copenhagen bodybuilder who lives with his mom and yearns to settle down and marry. Inspired by a friend, he goes to Pattaya to find his true love but is stunned by women's behavior there until he accidentally finds a suitable mate. From Film Movement.]

Turin Horse, The [Bela Tarr directed this offbeat 2012 drama about Friedrich Nietzsche's bizarre 1889 incident involving a cab driver and his horse. He witnesses the driver whipping his unresponsive horse and interferes by embracing the horse's neck, sobbing. He loses consciousness and his mind. Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok, and Mihaly Kormos star.]

Weekend [2012] [Erotic and frank British drama of two very different men who have a one night stand that turns into a weekend-long idyll. Andrew Haigh directed this British gay drama starring Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman, Lorelo Murray, Jonathan Wright and Sarah Churm. From The Criterion Collection.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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