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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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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Releases - September 11, 2012

NOTE TO READERS: We apologize for the delay in this week's listing, but there was a problem with the website on Monday.
Blu-rays:
Snow White and the Huntsman [Although this will always be known now as the film in which star Kristen Stewart had an affair with director Rupert Sanders that broke up her relationship with Robert Pattinson, it is really a rousing reboot of the classic fairy tale with astounding special effects, beautiful cinematography, and fine performances. Charlize Theron is deliciously wicked as the evil queen who sends huntsman Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Red Dawn) out to kill beautiful Stewart (perfect as Snow White), but things do not go as planned. This big hit is one of the best of the recently minted new genre of taking classic fairy tales and children's stories and updating them with dazzling special effects and modern spins.]
Titanic [1997][This breathtaking 2012 high definition remaster of James Cameron's epic recreation of the disastrous 1912 voyage of the Titanic is now the definitive video version, especially on this Blu-ray. Of course, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Victor Garber, Kathy Bates and Gloria Stuart star in this Best Picture Oscar winner that remains one of the most popular films of all time.
DVDs:
30 Rock: Season 6 [This satire of the behind the scenes chaos of Saturday Night Live is still one of the funniest sitcoms on TV with Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, and Alec Baldwin in top form as always.]
Appropriate Adult [Excellent true crime thriller about serial killer Dominic West and appropriate adult Emily Watson, a housewife who represents his victims, and how they bond in a cat and mouse game during his interrogation.Monica Dolan, Robert Glenister, and Sylvester Touzel co-star in this British TV film directed by Julian Arnold.]
Barbie: Princess and the Popstar, The [The immensely popular Mattel icon returns for her umpteenth hit video, this time with a rock star theme.]
Black Belt [2007] [Shunichi Nagasaki, Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka and Yuji Suzuki star in this Japanese action film. Before WWII, 3 disciples are taught by a karate master on a remote mountain. One is crippled during a triumphant fight with military police, leaving the other two to battle for the position left by their dying master.]
Elles [Juliette Binoche is dazzling as a well-off Parisian reporter who works on a story about student prostitutes for French Elle magazine and finds herself re-examining her own personal choices in life. Also starring Anais Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, and Louis-Do De Lencquesaing.]
Girl in Progress [In this refreshing comedy, Eva Mendes plays a mom who doesn't want to grow up while her more mature teen daughter yearns to be an adult, and they try to meet somewhere in the middle. Matthew Modine, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette, Eugenio Derbez, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee and Rich Delia co-star. Directed by Patricia Riggen.]
Good Wife, The: Season 3 [Still one of the best dramas on network TV, this beautifully acted and written series continues to surprise with twists and turns in the personal and professional relationships at a high profile law firm. Julianna Margulies just keeps getting better in the title role, as does her solid supporting cast (including Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Christine Baranski, Archie Punjaby and Alan Cumming). The phenomenal guests this year also add a lot of fun: Michael J. Fox, Eddie Izzard, Matthew Perry, Martha Plimpton, Dylan Walsh, Morena Baccarin, Gary Cole and many more.]
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 7 and 8 [Tragedy and romantic entaglements abound at hospital Seattle Grace in both seasons of this popular and glossy soap starring Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, and Sandra Oh with recent additions Jason McKidd and Kim Raver.]
Let Go [Parole officer David Denham is stuck in a sweet but boring marriage until he meets eccentric ex-cons Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Hart, and Ed Asner. Brian Jett directed this heartwarming comedy.]
Lewis Black: In God We Rust [Rapacious and unrelenting comic Black performs in the Heartland, skewering pretentious politicians, phony cell phones, sell0out celebs and more. 2012.]
Lola Versus [Greta Gerwig (To Rome with Love) shines in this romcom as a beautiful 29 year old blonde who is dumped by fiancee Joel Kinnaman (TV's The Killing) three weeks before their wedding, causing her to re-evaluate her life. Zoe Lister-Jones, Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman and Debra Winger also star. Daryl Wein directed.]
Loved Ones, The [Unrated 2012] [Demented and darkly funny horror satire about a rejected teen beauty who throws her own private sadistic prom for the guy who dumped her, carving out bloody revenge with a drill, glitter and syringe. Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, and John Shrimpton. Directed by Sean Byrne. ]
Snow White and the Huntress
Titanic [1997][2012 remaster]
What to Expect When You're Expecting [A gaggle of beautiful babes shine in this wacky hit comedy about five couples whose lives are turned upside down when they find out they are all expecting. Starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crwford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock and Rodrigo Santoro star. Shauna Cross directed in 2012.]
Where Do We Go Now? [Nadine Labaki directed this acclaimed comedy about a religious war between a church and a mosque that is averted when the women of the small village distract the men. Claude Baz Mousaawbaa, Layla Hakim, Nadine Labaki, Yvone Maalouf, and Antoinette Noufaily star.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The [1939] [Charles Laughton gives one of the best performances of his career as the deformed hunchback Quasimodo in this striking adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic. Maureen O'Hara is sexy and excellent as the lovely gypsy he loves. Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Edmond O'Brien also star. William Dieterle directed. First time in stock!]

Operation Dumbo Drop [Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary and Doug E. Doug star in this offbeat Vietnam War comedy loosely based on a true story about a group of Army soldiers who decide to help a small village replace their good luck charm elephant that just died. Simon Wincer )The Man from Snowy River, Quigley Down Under) directed this fun 1995 film. Back in stock.[
Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori

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