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, January 15, 2013

New Releases - January 15, 2013

Blu-ray:

Taken 2 [Due to arrive this week. For description, see below notes.]

To Rome with Love [While some consider this to be a lesser Woody Allen film (especially compared to Midnight in Paris), there is still much to recommend here: beautiful Rome locations, Woody in a co-starring role, and a terrific cast including Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Greta Gerwig. The whimsical story has Eisenberg romancing both Gerwig and Page with help from Baldwin, a mysterious stranger who may or may not be his older/wiser self. Recommended!]

Won't Back Down [Due to arrive this week. For description, see below notes.]

DVDs:

17 Girls [Well-received drama based on a true US story but transplanted to France where a group of teen girls make a pact to all become pregnant at the same time so they can raise their kids together. Delphine Coulin directed. Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxanne Duran, and Esther Garrell star.]

Elsa & Fred [Moving Spanish drama about two people who find love very late in life. Blanca Portillo, Roberto Carnaghi, Jose Angel Egido, Gonzalo Urtizberea, and Omar Munoz star. Marcos Carnevale directed.]

John Brown's Holy War [PBS] [He is the father of American terrorism and an inspiration to the Civil Rights Movement. This fine documentary directed by Robert Kenner profiles the family man who took up a violent crusade to end slavery, leading to the raid on Harper's Ferry that sparked The Civil War.]

Other Dream Team, The [Russian basketball players Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis led the USSR to a gold medal victory over the US in Seoul 1988 and emerged as symbols of Soviet democracy after the fall of Communism and helped independent Lithuania to the medal stand. Marius A. Makevicius directed this acclaimed sports documentary.]

Slavery by Another Name [PBS] [Although most people think slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, but inequality and deprivation of rights continued for 80 years after The Civil War. Laurence Fishburne narrates.]

Taken 2 [Fun if crazy sequel to the hit action thriller about killer Liam Neeson having to save his kidnapped daughter from lethal thugs. This time, he and wife Famke Janssen are kidnapped for revenge by the grieving father of one of the nasty thugs who took his daughter in the first film.  To survive, Neeson has to get help from an unlikely ally in this wall to wall action thriller. Maggie Grace and Rade Sherbedgia co-star. Olivier Megaton directed in 2012.]

To Rome with Love

Up from Slavery [Exhaustive 7 part documentary about the history of slavery from their arrival in 1619 to the end of The Civil War and new freedom.]

With All Deliberate Speed [Excellent documentary about how the end of separate but equal schools was far from it when the Supreme Court justices used the phrase "with all deliberate speed," and it is still evolving. Peter Gilbert directed, and Jeffrey Wright, Mekhi Phifer, Larenz Tate, Terry Kinney and Alicia Keys provide readings.]

Won't Back Down [Well-acted feel good education drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as a single mom who feels her elementary school is letting her down, so she teams up with caring teacher Viola Davis to change things. Holly Hunter and Rosie Perez also star. Directed by Daniel Barriz. 2012.]

Recent Arrivals:

Octopus, The: Series 2-5 [Michele Placido returns as Inspector Cattani for Series 2 through 4 and Vittorio Mezzogiorno stars as Judge Conti, the heroes battling the Mafia in this long-running Italian TV crime series.]

PT 109 [Cliff Robertson is fine as a young, pre-Presidential, John F. Kennedy in this solid WWII true story recreating his command of a small PT boat in the Pacific that is cut in half by a Japanese destroyer. This film shows the heroism that he and his crew displayed in surviving the disaster. Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Grant Williams and Robert Blake co-star in this exciting 1963 classic directed by Leslie H. Martinson.]

Tin Drum, The [Volker Schlondorff directed this striking 1979 drama about a German boy who refuses to grow up beyond his third birthday, communicating mainly through shrieks and his tin drumming, which becomes even more agitated as the Nazis take over. David Bennent and Mario Adorf star. Remastered from an uncut print for The Criterion Collection.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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