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 29, 2012

New Releases - October 30, 2012

DVDs:

Americano [Mathieu Demy directed and stars in this moving drama as a son who travels to the US to settle his estranged mother's estate. He discovers that she may have been a much nicer and more interesting person than he knew thanks to her friends, and he goes on a quest to find a Mexican stripper who may hold the key to his past and his future. Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, Carlos Bardem and Jean-Pierre Mocky also star.]

Campaign, The [Director Jay Roach (HBO's Recount and Game Change) lampoons politics again in this hysterical farce in which oddball Zach Galifianakis is hired by fat cats to run against slick Congressman Will Ferrell, causing Ferrell to go way over-the-top in negative campaigning to defeat the quirky neophyte Zach, whom he hates. Jason Sudekis, Dylan McDermott and John Lithgow co-star.]  

Christmas Story 2 [A Christmas Story's Ralphie and his quirky family return in this straight to video family comedy. It's set 5 years after the original with Ralphie wanting a car for Christmas, but trouble is sure to follow. Daniel Stern and Braeden Lemasters star, and Brian Levant directed.]

Coma [2012] [Effective A & E miniseries remake of the classic 1978 Michael Crichton medical thriller about a young woman doctor (this time played by sympathetic Lauren Ambrose) who discovers that many patients who come into her hospital for routine procedures are slipping into comas at a surprising rate. But why and who is behind it? The answer could get her killed. The impressive cast includes Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss and James Rebhorn. Mikael Salomon directed.] 

First Position [Intense and acclaimed documentary following 6 extraordinary ballet dancers as they compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. Aran Bell and Gaya Bommer Temini are featured. Bess Kargman directed.]

Lady, The [2011] [Director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, The Messenger) switches gears for this moving political love story starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Sun Kyi, the woman who fought for Burma's democratization for years, and David Thewlis as her patient and loving husband. Jonathan Raggett co-stars.]

Polisse [Gritty French thriller about the Child Protection Unit of Paris. Not only do they deal with abused kids, molesters, pedophiles, and victims, but they have their own personal issues as well. Starring Joey Starr, Marina Fois, Karin Viard, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Karole Roucher, Emmanuelle Becort, and Maiwenn, who also directed.]

Ruby Sparks [Offbeat and charming romcon from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) starring Paul Dano as a once famous novelist who goes through writer's block but finally creates a beautiful and vibrant fictional character named Ruby Sparks. When Ruby literally comes to life, the writer finds his creativity and spirit re-invigorated. Zoe Kazan plays the title role, the great supporting cast includes Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Chris Messina, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould. 2012.]

Safety Not Guaranteed [Hilarious cult comedy about 3 cynical Seattle magazine employees who search for the source of an odd classified ad and find a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk who believes he has found the secret to time travel. Colin Trevorrow directed, and the talented cast features Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. 2012.]

Star Wars: Clone Wars: Season 4 [In this great and exciting animated sci-fi series, the valiant Jedi Knights continue their defense of exotic planets against enemy forces.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Dark Night of the Scarecrow [Chilling 1981 horror classic starring Larry Drake (Dr. Giggles) as a mentally challenged man who hides inside a scarecrow, is mistakenly accused of assaulting a young girl, and is killed by a mob. Later, a living scarecrow appears to be killing all those involved. Charles Durning and Tonya Crowe also star. Frank De Felitta directed.]

House of Dark Shadows [Fun 1970 color feature version of the original cult TV series starring Jonathan Frid as a sexy New England vampire. Regulars Joan Bennett, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Grayson Hall, Roger Davis and Nancy Barrett also star. Dan Curtis (TV's The Night Stalker) directed).]

Night of Dark Shadows [In this 1971 sequel to House of Dark Shadows, creepy ghosts replace vampires as young couple David Selby and Kate Jackson have to deal with ancestral ghosts in their new digs. Lara Parker, Grayson Hall, John Karlen, and Nancy Barrett co-star. Dan Curtis directed this enjoyable Gothic horror again.]

Octopus: Series 1 [Michele Placido gives a magnetic performance as the new Sicilian police chief inspector who finds his principles compromised by interference from the powerful Mafia. Can he fight back and get justice for himself and other victims or will he go along with the mob? Damiano Damiani directed this popular 1984 Italian crime TV series co-starring Flavio Bucci and Florinda Bolkan.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.
 

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