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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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Releases - December 4, 2012

Blu-rays:

Beasts of the Southern Wild [Quvenzhane Wallis gives an extraordinary performance as a plucky 6 year old girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her unstable and ill father in the Louisiana bayou.  When a catastrophic storm hits, she goes on a mystical search for her only hope, her elusive mother, braving a badly damaged environment as well as prehistoric beasts. Behn Zeitlin directed this beautiful and magical 2012 fantasy that is a string Oscar contender. Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly and Lowell Landes also star. Recommended!]

Dark Knight Rises [Director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento) brings his expected dark brilliance to this exciting but dark climax to his Batman trilogy that began with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Christian Bale is magnetic once again as a cool, disillusioned Bruce Wayne/Batman who comes out of retirement to battle a killing machine maniac named Bane (played with vigor by a mask clad Tom Hardy, who pays homage to Sean Connery with a sound-alike Scottish brogue) before he destroys Gotham City. Along the way, he jousts and flirts with a lovely cat burglar (a stunning Anne Hathaway as Catwoman) and a coquettish cipher (the alluring Marion Cotillard, Inception) while enlisting the help of his returning crew (the wonderful Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman) and a young and dedicated rookie cop/orphan (brilliantly played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt).  Although it may not be quite as terrific as The Dark Knight (after all, Heath Ledger's Joker is a hard act to follow), it is still one of the biggest and best films of the year and another potential Oscar nominee. Recommended!]

DVDs:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry [One of the most famous and successful international artists also is acclaimed as much for his political activism as he is for his provocative artwork. This stunning documentary directed by Alison Klayman covers the close of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to his arrest and 81 day detention in 2011.]

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Blue Murder: Set 2 [Caroline Quentin returns as Manchester police inspector and mother who has to juggle gruesome murders and family life in this popular British TV crime series.]

Butter [In this quirky comedy, Ty Burrell (TV's Modern Family) plays a retiring butter sculpting champ whose wife (played by Jennifer Garner, TV's Alias) is poised to take over the crown until she is challenged by a talented 10 year old African-American girl (Yara Shahidi).  
The fine supporting cast features Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene and Alicia Silverstone. Directed by Jim Field Smith.]

Dark Knight Rises

Hope Springs [2012] [Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones lighten up for this amiable romantic comedy as a long married and happy couple whose marriage needs a jump start. Enter marriage counseling guru Steve Carell, and the forecast is lots of laughs. David Frankel directed this familiar but well-acted and amusing comedy. Jean Smart co-stars.]

Matter of Taste, A: Serving up Paul Liebrandt [Fascinating documentary that follows master chef Liebrandt for a decade as he creates modern and very daring cuisine that captivates and surprises the taste buds of both critics and fans alike.]

Odd Life of Timothy Green, The [Enchanting Disney fantasy starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a young couple who yearn for a family.  When a young boy named Timothy suddenly shows up literally on their doorstep, their dreams may come true. CJ Adams, Rosemarie Dewitt, Ron Livingston, David Morse and Common also star. Peter Hedges directed this 2012 heartwarmer.]

Still Bill [Damani Baker and Alex Vlack directed this acclaimed documentary about the brief but brilliant career of soul singer Bill Withers (Ain't No Sunshine). 2008.] 

Thunderstruck [Cute family comedy starring Taylor Gray as a big teenage fan of NBA star Kevin Durant. but they somehow switch basketball skills. Gray becomes a playing phenom while Durant flounders, but can Gray restore Durant's powers before it's too late. Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Doc Shaw and Jim Belushi. Directed by John Whitesell.]

Titanic: Blood and Steel [Unlike most films about the ill-fated Titanic, this excellent miniseries covers the trials and tribulations of designing and building the massive ocean liner in Belfast, 1909. The interesting cast includes Kevin Zegers, Neve Campbell, Chris Noth, Derek Jacobi, Billy Carter and Massimo Ghini.]

Unforgivable [Andre Techine directed this elegant French thriller starring Andre Dussolier as a mystery writer who meets model turned real estate agent Carole Bouquet in Venice. They have a whirlwind romance and marry, but suspicious Dussolier hires an ex-con to investigate her past, leaving them both obsessed with her. Melanie Thierry also stars.]


V/H/S [Six cult directors directed this found footage thriller about a group of misfits hired to burglarize a desolate house to find a rare video tape, but they find a dead body and more questions than answers. Lane Hughes, Calvin Reeder and Adam Wingard star.]

Whale, The [Beautiful documentary about a young killer whale named Luna that became separated from its family near British Columbia and captivated the world. Ryan Reynolds marrates.]

Recent Arrivals:

High Art [Excellent ground breaking lesbian drama starring Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Gabriel Mann and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko in 1998. Back in stock!]

Witchfinder General [aka The Conqueror Worm][Vincent Price is great as a sadistic English witch hunter in the Middle Ages who takes in delight in dispatching the innocent as well as the guilty in this excellent chiller. This is the uncut original British version. Ian Oglivy, Rupert Davies, Patrick Wymark and Wilfrid Brambell co-star. Michael Reeves directed. 1968.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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