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, October 22, 2012

New Releases - October 23, 2012

Blu-rays:

Magic Mike [Eye candy for the female audience for a change as hunky Channing Tatum, in the title role, does odd jobs during the day but comes to life at night dancing in a sexy all male revue. Lots of abs and guns on display for the ladies and then there is super hot Olivia Munn (The Babymakers, TV's The Newsroom) for the guys. Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianiello, and Cody Horn co-star. Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) seems like an odd choice to do this Flashdance-style musical drama, but he did a fine job making this a fun genre hit. 2012.]

Secret of the Wings [Beautiful CGI animated feature direct to video featuring Tinker Bell, a warm fairy, getting trapped in the winter world and finding new friends and new challenges. Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Matt Lanter and Debby Ryan provide the voices. 2012.]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [Funny end of the world farce in which Steve Carell goes on a road trip with lovely Keira Knightley, he to find his first love and she to find her family before its too late. Along the way, they meet plenty of oddballs and learn a lot about each other and what is important. Melinda Dillon, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt, Adam Brody, Derek Luke and William Petersen co-star. Lorene Scafaria directed this quirky 2012 romantic comedy.]

DVDs:

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter [Talented Russian directorTimur Bekmambetov (Wanted) directed this wild over-the-top cult horror thriller that melds vampire lore with American history history as the venerated president battles bloodthirsty bloodsuckers as effectively as he makes speeches. Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Alli Simpson star. 2012.]

Ambassador, The {2012] [Sort of a serious Borat with filmmaker Mads Brugger posing as a diplomat to expose political corruption in the Central African Republic with this jaw-dropping hidden camera documentary.]

Crooked Arrows [Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, TV's Chuck) is excellent as an ex-lacrosse player who helps a losing team turn their game around in this feel good sports drama. This Steven Rash directed film is certainly a rarity as lacrosse is hardly given its due on film. Crystal Allen, Chelsea Rickettes, Dennia Ambriz, Gil Birmingham, and Tyler Hill also star.]

Dynamiter, The [Stark Drama about a 14 year old boy abandoned by his mother and left to care for his half-brother with only his dangerous older brother to help. Will he ever fulfill his dreams or will Social Services split up he and the half-brother whom he considers his only family? From Film Movement.]

Ice House [Daniel Craig and Corin Redgrave play two police inspectors who must identify a decayed naked dead male body and determined whether he was murdered in this rarely shown 1997 BBC TV crime drama. DVD debut!]

Invisible War, The [Moving and shocking documentary about one of America's most shameful covered up secrets: the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Helen Benedict, Kori Cioca, Susan Burke, Anu Bhagwah and Susan Davis appear in this 2012 Kirby Dick film that may receive more recognition during awards season.]

Magic Mike

Rapt [Classy French thriller starring Yvan Attal as a wealthy industrialist who is kidnapped, spurring his family and business to try to raise his ransom, but when his controversial and sordid personal life is revealed in the press, only the police can help free him. Lucas Belvaux directed. Anne Consigny, Andre Marcon, Francoise Fabian, Alex Descas, Michael Voita, Gerard Meylan, and Maxime Lefrancois also star.]

Secret of the Wings

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Take This Waltz [Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen give excellent performances as a happily married couple whose relationship is threatened when Williams finds herself attracted to neighbor/artist Luke Kirby. Sarah Silverman and Jennifer Podemski co-star in this drama directed by actress turned director Sarah Polley.]

Turn Me On Dammit [Wild Norwegian sex comedy starring Helene Bergsholm as a 15 year old girl with raging hormones who gets thrown out of school and drives mom crazy with huge phone sex bills, pleasuring herself and her bizarre fantasies. Henriette Steenstrup, Malin Bjorhovde, Beate Stofring, and Matias Myren star. Jannicke Systad directed this unrated erotic satire.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Fear and Desire [Stanley Kubrick directed this well-acted and effective 1953 WWII drama about a platoon trying to survive the elements, the enemy and each other when their plane crashes behind enemy lines. Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Steve Colt, Virginia Leith and future director Paul Mazursky (Bob Carol Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman) star.  Although the film has hardly been screened since the 1970's because Kubrick hated it,  it is an underrated and well-made character driven film, especially considering its low budget origins. Beautifully restored for the first time in decades (and infinitely better than the bootleg videos that have been floating around for years), this is a must for Kubrick fans.  DVD debut! Recommended!]  

New Leaf, A [Elaine May directed and starred in this hilarious 1971 black comedy featuring a terrific performance by Walter Matthau as a pompous rich man who is forced to romance plain jane but rich May when he faces bankruptcy and may lose his posh lifestyle. James Coco, Jack Weston and William Redfield co-star in this still topical farce. DVD debut! Recommended!] 

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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