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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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Monday, October 15, 2012

New Releases - October 16, 2012

Blu-rays:

Mad Men: Season 5 [This is arguably the best season of one of the best shows on TV ever, and there are plenty of shocking changes: Jon Hamm's Don Draper marries his secretary (played by hot newcomer Jessica Pare); Christina Hendricks' Joan and John Slattery's Roger both have marriage troubles; Elizabeth Moss' Peggy makes a major decision; January Jones' Betty goes through big changes; and Jared Harris' Lane has an amazing meltdown. Highly recommended!]

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted [The whole gang is back in this hilarious animated second sequel in which they join the circus to try to evade Animal Control's Captain Dubois. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and David Schwimmer once again provide the voices for this better than average sequel.]

Moonrise Kingdom [Cult director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tannenbaums, Rushmore) delivers yet another great cult comedy in this whimsical tale about two 12 year olds who fall in love and run away into the wilderness in 1965, causing chaos among the local adults. The all-star cast, including a few Anderson regulars, is superlative: Jared Gillman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban. Sure to be an award and Oscar contender later in the year.]

Rock of Ages [Based on the hit Broadway musical, this tribute to 1980's rockers, like Journey, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi and more, will have your head bobbing like a David Lee Roth bobble head doll if you are a fan of the music and the era. In an amazing all-star cast, Tom Cruise stands out as a charismatic but aging rocker and Julianne Hough shines as a talented wanna-be rock star. The rest of the fun cast includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, and Mary J. Blige. Low on story but high on great music and over-the-top camp. Directed by Hairspray's Adam Shankman in 2012.]

DVDs:

Art21 (Art in the Twenty-First Century): Seasons 1-6 [Self-explanatory documentary about the best art of the century.]

Bored to Death: Season 2 [More over-the-top adventures of incompetent but likable private eye Jason Schwartzman with goofy pals Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis helping him...or not in this wacky HBO sitcom.]

Cup, The [2012] [Inspiring true story of a young jockey who overcomes the loss of his brother and several defeats before teaming with Irish trainer Dermot Weld and winning the 2002 Melbourne Cup. Brendan Gleeson, Daniel McPhearson, Stephen Curry and Tom Burlinson star in this drama directed by Simon Wincer (Quigley Down Under).]

Episodes: Season 1 [In this very funny and amiable Showtime sitcom, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg play British TV show creators who try to adapt their hit show in Hollywood but something gets lost in translation. Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc is hysterical and charming playing himself, the star of the floundering TV show within a TV show.]

Excision [Annalynne McCord dominates this grisly horror thriller as an unattractive high school outcast obsessed with performing graphic surgery on her enemies. Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin and Ray Wise also star. Richard Bates, Jr. directed this unrated goreshow not for the squeamish.]

Kill List [In this effective chiller, disturbed men Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley take on a dark assignment: kill a priest, a librarian, and a Parliament member. Myanna Buring and Emma Fryer co-star in this film directed by Ben Wheatley.]

Mad Men: Season 5

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Moonrise Kingdom

Neil Young: Journeys [The usually quiet Young opens up to director Jonathan Demme about his past and his music in this rare post concert interview mixed with musical performances from the rock icon. 2012.]

Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow [Legendary dancers come together with new innovators at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in this beautiful dance documentary made by Ron Honsa. The incredible artists include The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham, Suzanne Farrell, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Bill Irwin.]

Purple Sea [In this moving Italian drama, a 19th century Sicilian woman disguises herself as a man to be with the woman she loves. Donatella Malorca directed and Valeria Solarino and Isabella Bagonese star.]

Rock of Ages

That's My Boy [2012] [Adam Sandler plays an estranged father who crashes son Andy Samberg's wedding and turns it into a crazy mess in this ultra-rude farce. Thankfully, this is nowhere near as bad as Jack and Jill. Leighton Meester, James Caan and Susan Sarandon also star. Sean Anders directed. 2012.]

Touch: Season 1 [Kiefer Sutherland is excellent in this fascinating and moving sci-fi TV drama as a frustrated widowed father who faces a challenge taking care of his mentally challenged son that grows even more complicated when he feels compelled to bring disparate people together for the sustenance of the universe and fate. Danny Glover and Maria Bello co-star. From Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes. Recommended!]

Van Der Valk Mysteries: Set 1 [Barry Foster (Frenzy) and Michael Latimer are fun to watch as two free-wheeling and free-drinking detectives in Amsterdam in this offbeat 1970's British TV crime show.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Letter from an Unknown Woman [Max Ophuls (Lola Montez) directed this intriguing 1948 period romance starring Louis Jourdan as a young man who starts an affair with Joan Fontaine, a woman he mever noticed until receiving an enticing letter from her. DVD debut!]

Slender Thread, The [Sydney Pollack made his directing debut with this excellent dramatic thriller starring Sidney Poitier as a phone volunteer trying to talk depressed Anne Bancroft out of suicide. Telly Savalas, Steven Hill, Edward Asner and Dabney Coleman co-star. 1965. Recommended. DVD debut!]

Sterile Cuckoo, The [Liza Minnelli gives a funny and heartbreaking performance in this 1969 dramedy that earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. She is wonderful as Pookie, a kooky college girl who develops an immediate crush on shy Wendell Burton and eventually wins him over, but can it last with a girl as crazy as Pookie. Tim McIntire co-stars, and the film spawned a major hit song "Come Saturday Morning" by The Sandpipers. Alan J. Pakula (Klute, All the President's Men) directed. Recommended. DVD debut!]

Uptight [Jules Dassin (Rififi, Night and the City) directed this offbeat 1968 remake of John  Ford's The Informer updating the story to the volatile 1960's as black militants target one of their own for assassination after he informs. Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Roscoe Lee Browne and Max Julien star. DVD debut!]


Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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