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 6, 2012

New Releases - August 7, 2012

DVDs:

4. 3. 2. 1. [Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland, Ophelia Lovibond, Helen McCrory and Sean Pertwee stars in this suspense thriller in which four young women friends get tangled up with deadly thieves and a major diamond heist. 2012 .]

Countess, The [2008][Julie Delpy, the beautiful star of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, stars in, directed, wrote, produced and scored this striking horror tale based on the real life Countess Bathory, who believed drinking virgin blood would keep her young. Co-starring Daniel Bruhl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca, and Sebastian Blomberg.]

Girlfriend [2012][Moving coming of age drama starring Evan Sneider as a young adult with Down Syndrome. When he inherits a lot of money, he helps his high school crush single mom Shannon Woodward, leading to a friendship that blossoms until her ex interferes.  Jackson Rathbone, and Amanda Plummer also star. Directed by Justin Lerner.]

Hatfields and McCoys [In this acclaimed and Emmy nominated History Channel miniseries, the roots of the true life feud are finally revealed. After fighting for the Confederates, friends Hatfield and McCoy return to neighboring homes, but a bitter rivalry erupts between their two families due to a murder, several major misunderstandings and an illicit affair. Kevin Costner had one of his best roles in years thanks to this exciting western reunion with director Kevin Reynolds, who has guided him in several fine films, including Fandango, Wyatt Earp and Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves. Bill Paxton also stands out as his rival, following several years as the lead on HBO's Big Love. Also starring Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Jena Malone, Mare Winngham and Powers Boothe. 2012.]

LOL [In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, Miley Cyrus stars as a teenage girl navigating through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship while dodging an overprotective mom Demi Moore in this coming of age comedy. Adam G. Sevani, Ashley Greene, and Douglas Booth co-star. Directed by Liza Azuelos. 2012.]

Marley [Directed by Kevin Macdonald, this superb documentary explores the life, legend and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley. 2012.]

Seducing Charlie Barker [In this sharp comic satire about relationships, Stephen Barker Turner stars as the title character, an out of work actor who throws away his best friend, his wife, his career and his sanity thanks to a modern-day succubus named Clea. Daphne Zuniga,  David Wilson Barnes, and Heather Gordon also star in this film directed by Amy Glazer. 2010.]

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale: International Version [This is the uncut version of the Taiwanese epic about the real life aboriginal tribes who fought against Japanese colonization between 1895 and 1945. Lin-Ching Tai, Umin Boya, Kawahara Sabu, Vivian Hsu, Lo Mei-Ling, and Landy Wen star. Directed by Wei te-Sheng. This is the 422 minute version that is rented in two parts.  We will also be carrying the shorter 185 minute theatrical version later this week.]

Weight of the Nation [Developed with the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, this critically hailed epic HBO documentary focuses on one of the largest campaigns against obesity ever attempted.  Kevin Kindle directed in 2012.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Boy and His Dog, A [In this terrific cult sci-fi comedy based on a Harlan Ellison story, Don Johnson roams the postapocalyptic world looking for women to love and food to eat with his faithful and acerbic telepathic dog (voiced by Tim McIntire). All goes well for our heroes until Johnson gets lured in by a weird cult that makes him realize that he misses his best friend and has to reunite with him if it kills him. Co-starring Jason Robards, Jr., Suzanne Benton, Alvy Moore, Helene Winston, and Charles MacGraw. Directed by L.Q. Jones.]

Jesse Owens Story, The [This excellent 1984 TVminiseries tells the story of the African-American athlete who won several Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics, shocking rising Nazi Germany and the world. Starring Dorian Harewood, Levar Burton, Deborah Morgan, Tom Bosley, Dan Ammerman, George Kennedy, Chris Dourdidas, and Georg Stanford Brown. Directed by Richard Irving.]

Johnny Guitar [Saloon owner Joan Crawford and evil rancher Mercedes McCambridge are headed for a showdown in this terrific, over-the-top role reversal western in which McCambridge hates Crawford and frames her for a series of robberies. Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine and John Carradine also star. Nicholas Ray (Rebel without a Cause, In a Lonely Place) directed this 1954 cult classic.]

Last Unicorn, The [Mia Farrow provides the voice of the title character in this beautiful Rankin Bass animated feature hit that has the title character searching to see if she is the last of her kind. Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes and Robert Klein also provide voices.

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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