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, August 23, 2012

New Releases - August 28, 2012

Blu-rays:
Battleship [see description under DVDs]
Death Watch [Far ahead of its time, this 1980 sci-fi thriller directed by Bernard Tavernier stars Harvey Keitel as a dying man who is hired to film unwitting Romy Schneider with a camera implanted in his brain for a documentary about her last days fighting a terminal disease. Max Von Sydow, Harry Dean Stanton, and Robbie Coltrane also star.]

Disneynature: Chimpanzee [Tim Allen narrates this fascinating and beautifully shot documentary focusing on a young chimp and his family and how they fit into their tribe, which is about to wage war on another chimpanzee group over food. 2012.]
Monsieur Lazhar [Moving Canadian drama nominated for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award last year. Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emelien Neron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart, and Jules Philip star in this story about a Montreal middle school shaken by the death of a beloved teacher and the 55 year old Algerian immigrant who subs for him and helps the healing process. 2011.]

DVDs:

Adventures of Tintin, The: Season 3 [The beloved animated series based on the popular French comic strip comes to end with this third and final season filled with fun adventures.]
Battleship [In this glossy sci-fi action thriller very loosely based on the board game, stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rhianna, and Tadanobu Asano play an international naval team who coordinate a fleet of ships to battle massive and deadly aliens who threaten to take over the earth. Actor turned director Peter Berg fills the enjoyable movie with non-stop over-the-top action and spectacular special effects. 2012.]


Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 [In season 2 of this HBO crime drama, crime boss/politician Steve Buscemi continues to rule Prohibition-era Atlantic City despite rival gangsters encroaching on his turf, but there will be blood...lots of it. Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Gretchen Mol and Dabney Coleman return.]

Changing the Game [In this urban drama, an intelligent young African-American male rises from the violent streets of North Philly to find the white collar crime of Wall Street just as deadly as the hood. Sean Riggs, Irma P. Hall, Dennis L.A. White, Brandon Ruckdashel, Mary White, Kirk Sticky Fingaz Jones, and Tody Todd star.]

Closer, The: Season 7 [Kyra Sedgwick returns for one last season as the effective but charmingly neurotic Los Angeles Deputy Chief who specializes in closing weird homicide cases. Mary McDonnell stars as her cool, by-the-book boss. J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenney, and Anthony Denison co-star in this fun detective crime series.]

Darling Companion [A terrific cast shines in this offbeat comedy starring Diane Keaton as a woman who rescues a downtrodden dog and bonds with it more than with her distracted hubby Kevin Kline. When Kline accidentally loses it, she enlists a zany search party. Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard, Dianne Wiest and Ayelet Zurer star. Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Body Heat) directed this 2012 film.]


Disneynature: Chimpanzee

Headhunters [Askel Hennie, Synnove Macody Lund, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star in this Norwegian noir thriller about a successful headhunter who subsidizes his plush lifestyle by stealing rare art. When his wife comes up with a source for a rare painting, he cannot resist trying to steal it and becomes a hunted man. Directed by Morten Tyldum. 2012.]

Homeland: Season 1 [Terrific political thriller Showtime series with Claire Danes great as a crazy, pill-popping CIA agent who suspects that homecoming war hero Damian Lewis (also excellent) may have become a traitor while in captivity. Mandy Patinkin is memorable as Danes' mentor, and Morena Baccarin (V) is hot as Lewis' sexy and frustrated wife. One of the best TV shows on the air currently. Highly Recommended!]

Jungle Bunch The Movie, The [John Lithgow heads the voice cast for this wacky animated family film about a penguin in the jungle raised as a tiger whose two penguin friends ask him for help to protect their colony from invading walruses.]

Monsieur Lazhar

Once Upon a Time: Season 1 [This intriguing female-centric fantasy thriller is one of the best of the hot new genre in which fairy tales and classic children's stories are updated and turned upside down (like other goodies: TV's Grimm and the feature films Snow White and The Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror). Jennifer Morrison (TV's House) is superb as a cynical young woman whose birthson tracks her down and brings her to his home in Storybook to help him fix the city before it disappears. He claims the contemporary townsfolk are all dopplegangers for fairy tale characters in a parallel universe. Morrison naturally does not believe him but as events around them grow weirder and more dire she starts to believe he may be telling the truth. Ginnifer Goodwin (TV's Big Love) is adorable as the Snow White counterpart, but hot baddie Lana Parilla steals the show as the son's evil stepmom and town mayor (aka the wicked queen). Robert Carlyle (The World Is Not Enough) also shines as a money-obsessed Rumplestiltskin. Highly recommended!]

Pirates! Band of Misfits, The [Hugh Grant leads the voice cast in this hilarious animated feature from Aardman Animation starring as a pirate who wants to win the Pirate of the Year award to win the respect of his old friends. Fun for the whole family. 2012.]

Sons of Anarchy: Season 4 [Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal return for the 4th season of this rowdy FX TV series about the hard-driving and hard-living men and women of the anti-heroic title motorcycle gang.]

Think Like a Man [One of the best African-American-centric romcoms in ages with Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J. Romany Malco and Gabrielle Union starring in this 2012 hit. The attractive cast plays four couples whose men are upset when the women start using the advice of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.]

Virginia [2011] [Jennifer Connelly goes blonde (!) in this quirky dramedy as a disturbed woman who threatens to expose married Mormon sheriffc Ed Harris as a fraud after having a long affair with him. Emma Roberts, Harrison Gilbertson, Amy Madigan, Carrie Preston and Toby Jones also star. Directed by Dustin Lance Black.]

Walking Dead, The: Season 2 [The survivors from Season 1 happen upon a family living in a house who help them fend off the ever-growing and ever-adapting zombie population, but the in-fighting and violence among the humans is just as disturbing and deadly. Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Scott Wilson, Laurie Holden, Laurie Cohan, and Jeffrey DeMunn star in this terrific AMC horror TV series that is even better and more shocking this season.]



Recent/New Arrivals:

10 Things I Hate about You [Heath Ledger first gained cult status with his charming performance in this fresh 1999 romantic comedy romp that updates Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to a high school setting. Julia Stiles is wonderful as Ledger's Kate and the co-stars include up and comers Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and David Krumholtz (TV's Numb3rs and The Newsroom). Back in stock!]

Death Watch

La Promesse [Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne directed this 1996 drama about a teenage Belgium boy who discovers his father is exploitating undocumented immigrants for profit. From The Criterion Collection.]

Rosetta [The Dardennes also directed this simple and effective 1999 drama about a poor young woman struggling to hold onto a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. From The Criterion Collection.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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