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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Friday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Releases - February 26 and March 2, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013:

Blu-rays:

Chasing Mavericks [Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted directed this beautiful true life drama starring Jonny Weston as a 15 year old surfer who teams with surfing legend Gerard Butler to help train him to compete in the Bay Area Mavericks surfing competition. Along the way, their bond transforms both of their lives for the better. Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer co-star. Partially shot in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2012.]

Holy Motors [French cult road trip starring Denis Laurent as Monsieur Oscar, a mysterious man who travels in a limo and morphs himself into different characters as he meets various people for appointments during the course of one night. The eclectic cast includes singer Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes, Edith Scob, Elise Lhomeau, Michel Piccoli, and Laura Dern. Directed by Paul Thomas.]

Master, The [2012] [Brilliant performances are the highlight of this striking period drama starring Joaquin Phoenix as a WWII vet who becomes entangled with a motivational cult named The Cause, led by charismatic but odd married couple Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. The twisted relationship between the three forms the core of this typically offbeat Paul Thomas Anderson ensemble film. Jesse Plemons, Price Carson and Laura Dern co-star. Phoenix was nominated for Best Actor and Hoffman and Adams were nominated in the supporting categories.]

DVDs:

Agnes and his Brothers [German comedy about transsexual Agnes and his two brothers, who do not have much in common except an eccentric father and screwed up sexual relationships. Martin Weiss, Moritz Bleibtrue, Herbert Knaup and Katja Riemann star in this 2004 film directed by Oskar Roehler.]

Barbie: Barbie in the Pink Shoes [Barbie plays Kristyn, a ballerina who tries on a pair of sparkling shoes, and she and her best friend Hailey are whisked away to a fantastical Ballet world.]

Broken [2012] [Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy. Directed by Rufus Norris.]

Chasing Mavericks

Chicken with Plums [Mathieu Amalric is wonderful as a renowned violinist who is heartbroken when his violin is destroyed. He is so upset that he decides to stay in bed and await death. Instead, he is overwhelmed with vivid dreams and flashbacks of his happy youth, things that renew his joy of life and love of music. Marjane Satrapi (who directed the beloved and dazzling Persepolis) made this feel good French fantasy also starring Maria De Medeiros, Edouard Baer, Golshifter Farahari and Eric Caravaca. 2012.]

Fast Girls [Lenora Crichlow gives a winning performance as a poor girl who is a champion sprinter and is given the opportunity to join the National Women's Relay Team, but first, she has to put aside her rivalry with rich girl Lily James. This inspiring sports drama was made to help promote the 2012 Olympics in Britain. Rupert Graves, Bradley James, Noel Clarke, Lorraine Burroughs, Phil Davis, Lashana Lynch and Tiana Benjamin co-star. Regan Hall directed.]

Holy Motors

Iron Road [Epic miniseries about the Chinese immigrants who helped build railroads during the US gold rush. This focuses on the whirlwind events through the eyes of a woman played by Sun Yi, who experiences both joy and heartbreak. Starring Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Luke MacFarlane, Charlotte Sullivan, Betty SUn, Tony Leung and Ka Fai. David Wu directed.]

Loneliest Planet, The [Daring indie thriller starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg as a young engaged couple who decide to go backpacking in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains the summer before they marry. Alone with guide Bionzina Gujabioze, they start well but, after a shattering incident, their relationship starts to slowly disintergate. Directed by Julia Loktey.] 

Lucky [South Africa - 2011] [Directed by Avie Luthra.]

Master, The [2012]

Sidewalls [2011] [Romantic comedy directed by Gustavo Taretto.]

Undefeated [2011] [Best DocumentaryAcademy Award winner about three underprivileged students-athletes from Memphis and volunteer coach Bill Courtney who try to beat the odds on and off the field. Dan Lindsay directed.]

Wayward Cloud, The [Over-the-top cult musical from director Tsai Ming-Liang about an adult film star who daydreams in elaborate musical fantasies.] 


Recent Arrivals:

Chronicle of a Summer [The Criterion Collection] [Filmmaker Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin Collaborated on the ground-breaking 1961 documentary that asked several different Parisians what made them happy, leading to much deeper and surprising revelations about life and politics.]

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The [1978] [Geraldine McEwan gives a fine performance in the lead role of the charismatic but controversial teacher who has both fans and enemies at an all girls school in Edinburgh in the 1930's in this rarely seen miniseries version of the Muriel Sparks bestseller. This more fleshed out version makes an interesting contrast to Maggie Smith's Oscar winning film version from 1968. Lynsey Baxter co-stars.]

Saturday, March 2, 2013:

Blu-ray:

Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn Part II [Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson renewed their real-life romance shortly before the release of this megahit that provides Bella and her vampire love Edward's eternal romance an exciting and appropriate finale. Although it won several Razzies, it is ironically the best film in the series according to most critics and fans. Go figure.  Bill Condon did a terrific job directing and wrapping up the series. In addition to leads Stewart, Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, the huge cast includes Peter Facinelli, Eiisabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen,  Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, and Dakota Fanning. According to many fans, the film actually improves on the book with its striking changes. The final battle scene is a classic.] 

DVD:

Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn Part II

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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