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, January 28, 2013

New Releases - January 29, 2013

Blu-rays:

Hotel Transylvania [One of the best animated films of 2012, this hilarious comedy features Adam Sandler as Dracula, who owns the Hotel Transylvania which is for monsters only. However, when he throws an 18th birthday party for hi daughter and invites pals Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, The Invisible Man and more, chaos erupts when am ordinary guy accidentally crashes the festivities. The great voice cast includes Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Space and Ceelo Green.]

Inside Man, The [Spike Lee had his biggest hit with this all-star thriller starring Denzel Washington as a NY detective trying to diffuse a bank robbery/hostage situation that is not exactly what it seems. The fine cast also features Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer and Willem Dafoe. New arrival on Blu-ray.]

Seven Psychopaths [Darkly hilarious black comedy starring Colin Farrell as a struggling writer trying to finish his script Seven Psychopaths but gets tangled up with real life goofball crooks Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken and psychopath Woody Harrelson. Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish and Olga Kurylenko also star. Martin McDonough (the writer of In Bruges) wrote and directed this cult satire.]

DVDs:

Abolitionists, The [American Experience][PBS] [Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. This riveting documentary covers the men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy who fought passionately against slavery in America: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Actors Richard Brooks, Neal Huff, Jeanne Serralles, Kate Lyn Sheil and T. Ryder Smith do readings in this acclaimed miniseries directed by Rob Rapley.]

Awakening, The [2012] [When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax expert Rebecca Hall arrives to find out what really happened scientifically but is shocked to discover a truly unimaginable horror exists. Nick Murphy directed this British horror thriller also starring Dominic West, Imelda Staunton,  Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Shaun Dooley.]

City of Life and Death [Fictionalized depiction of the brutal Rape of Nanking based on recorded witness testimony about the massacre instigated by the occupying Japanese army in the Chinese capital in 1937. Hideo Nakaizumi, Lin Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Wei, Oin Lan, and Jiang Yiyan star. Chuan Lau directed.]

Downton Abbey: Season 3 [The incredibly popular and multiple award winning British TV series/soap opera returns, showing the aftermath of World War I. Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern also return as Shirley Maclaine joins the cast.]

Farmageddon [Shocking documentary about small family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities but were forced out of business by agents of misguided government bureaucracies. Directed by Kristen Canty.]

Guest of Cindy Sherman [Entertaining documentary following the relationship between superstar artist Cindy Sherman and Paul H-O, director of the public access TV show GalleryBeat. Tom Donahue directed.]

Hello I Must Be Going [Melanie Lynskey gives an acclaimed performance as a recent divorcee who moves to her parents' home in Connecticut in desperation. She begins dating much younger Christopher Abbott and finds her passion for life suddenly invigorated. Blythe Danner and John Rubenstein co-star in this quirky romantic comedy directed by Todd Louise.]

Hotel Transylvania

Korper [Sasha Waltz's worldwide acclaimed three piece choreographic cycle about the human body is presented on this DVD.]

More Than a Month [Independent Lens][PBS] [Excellent documentary about African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tighman who sets out on a cross-country campaign to0 end Black History Month, which he considers something of an insult and a liberal token gesture.]

Paranormal Activity 4 [When Katie disappeared 5 years ago with her nephew Hunter, there were no survivors. Now she has returned with a mysterious boy to target new victims in this scary found footage sequel in the hit franchise. Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston, and Alexandra Lee star. Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost directed this 2012 hit.]

Seven Psychopaths

Shameless: Season 2 [William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum return for another wild season about a crazy family who go to outrageously rude extremes to survive and stay together.] 
 
Recent Arrivals:

Wake in Fright [Recently re-discovered and restored 1971 Australian classic chiller starring Gary Bond as a respectable schoolteacher who finds himself stranded in a small, rough outback town, and in a few days, is transformed into a broken, self-loathing wreck thanks to alcohol, the elements and the locals. Also starring Donald Pleasence, Susan Kay, Chips Rafferty and Jack Thompson. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Fun with Dick and Jane).]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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