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, March 5, 2013

New Releases - March 5, 2013

Blu-rays:

Intouchables, The [Charming French buddy comedy about an ex-con who is hired to take care of an eccentric aristocrat, and the unlikely pair bond as they seduce women and go out on outrageous adventures around Paris. Olivier Nakache directed this critically acclaimed hit. Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, and Audrey Fleurot star.]

Red Dawn [2012] [OK remake of the gung ho classic about a band of young people who are forced to defend America when it is surprise attacked by enemy forces. This action flick was actually made a few years ago, but the studio waited to release it to cash in on star Chris Hemsworth's Thor. The enemy also had to be changed from China to North Korea because they did not want to offend our biggest debtor. The talented cast includes Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.]

Wreck-It-Ralph [In one of the best films of 2012, John C. Reilly voices the main character, an animated villain in a popular video game. Unfortunately, he is a hero at heart, and he creates chaos when he decides to show his true colors and ventures out to other video worlds. Rich Moore directed this witty animated comedy classic that should appeal to both adults and kids of all ages. Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch also provide voices. This was actually a critically acclaimed front runner for the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award but lost to the more female-centric Brave.]

DVDs:

Arrancame La Vida [Epic Mexican period piece starring Ana Claudia Talancon as a young, impoverished beauty who marries wealthy and powerful Daniel Gimenez Cacho but soon feels chained to her new life. Jose Maria De Tavira, Mariana Panalya and Irene Azulea also star. Roberto Sneider directed.]

Bay, The [2012] [Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Diner) surprised everyone by directing this low budget found footage horror thriller with a mostly unknown cast. Levinson threw himself into the challenge and came up with a lean and chilling film about a small Maryland town that experiences a horrific event that kills two million fish and one thousand blackbirds. The authorities cover it up, but a reporter uncovers the shocking truth through assorted videos found 3 years later. Sometimes less is more. The cast includes Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kather Donohue, Jane McNeil, Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley, Frank Deal, Stephen Kinken and Nansi Aluka.]

Heleno [Rodrigo Santoro is excellent in this biopic about soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas, whose post-success decadent lifestyle threatened his career. Directed by Jose Enrique. Angie Cepeda and Alinne Moaes co-star.]

Hit & Miss [Wild British TV noir with Chloe Sevigny great as a pre-operative transgender woman who happens to be a cold-blooded contract killer. When her ex-partner dies,  she becomes the guardian of her ex-wife's 3 kids, causing her to balance her dangerous job with child rearing in this critically hailed offbeat limited run drama. Peter Wright, Jonas Armstrong, Vincent Regan, Ben Crumpton, Karla Crome, Reece Noi, Jordan Bennie and Roma Christenson co-star.]

Intouchables, The

Muay Thai Warrior [Action-packed film starring Seki Ozeki as a young samurai who is betrayed and left for dead by Japanese forces. He is rescued by a Siamese village and is nursed back to health by acolytes in a monastery. He becomes a Muay Thai master and bodyguard to the king, which offers him a chance to get revenge against the Japanese. Co-starring Sorapong Chatree, Kanokkorn Jaicheun, Buakaw Por Pramuk, Dharmaros Jaicheun, and Winai Kraibutr. Directed by Nopporn Walin.]

Playing for Keeps [2012] [Gerard Butler and a good cast highlight this romantic drama starring Butler as a former soccer star who returns to his hometown to repair relations with his son. He coaches his son's soccer team and realizes that he still loves ex-wife Jessica Biel. Can he win her back?  Dennis Quaid, Noah Lomax, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, and James Tupper co-star. Gabriele Mucchino directed.]

Red Dawn [2012]

Thorne [David Morrissey (who plays the villainous Governor on The Walking Dead) first gained prominence in this chilling British TV noir mystery as a brilliant but haunted investigator. In the first story, Sleepyhead, he hunts a serial killer, and in Scaredycat, he investigates a psychopath who has developed a sick partnership. Aidan Gillen, Eddie Marsan, Natascha McEhlone, Sandra Oh and Joshua Close star.]

Toys in the Attic [2009] [Striking animated feature for kids and adults in which toys have their own lives and secret adventures, a la Toy Story but a bit darker. Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, director Vivian Schilling, Cary Elwes and Douglas Urbanski head the voice cast.]

Wreck-It-Ralph


Recent Arrivals:

Egg and I, The [In this hilarious 1947 comedy classic, Claudette Colbert shines as a newlywed who does not know that husband Fred MacMurray has quit his white collar job to run a chicken farm, resulting in a drastically funny lifestyle change. Chester Erskine directed this hit comedy that introduced supporting players Ma & Pa Kettle, played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, who were so popular that they spawned their own series of films. The 1960's TV series Green Acres with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor was obviously influenced by this film.]

Germany, Pale Mother [Eva Mattes gives a memorable performance as a young newlywed whose soldier husband is sent to the front lines in WWII. She learns that she is pregnant and is forced to take her child on a long journey through a war-ravaged countryside. Helma Sanders-Brahms directed this realistic 1980 war romance.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

Germany, Pale Mother

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