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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, April 16, 2013

New Releases - April 16, 2013

Blu-rays:

Disneynature: Wings of Life [Another beautiful Disney exploration of creatures, this time those with wings: bats, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Louie Schwartzberg directed this documentary, and Meryl Streep narrates.]

Django Unchained [Fun, if over-the-top ultra-violent blaxploitation/spaghetti western homage starring Jamie Foxx as a gun slinging slave who teams up with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to earn his freedom and try to rescue wife Kerry Washington from evil slave monger Leonardo DiCaprio. As with his Inglorious Basterds, director-writer Quentin Tarantino forces his audience to take sides and has come up with probably the most polarizing film of 2012, splitting the audience into those who think it is Tarantino's best film and those who just plain hate it for its outrageous violence and repeated use of the N-word. The one thing that both camps seem to agree on is excellence of the cast, all of the above mentioned and Samuel L. Jackson with particular praise for Waltz, who won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his second Tarantino film, and DiCaprio, who seemed to relish his rare turn as a villain. Recommended...but not for the squeamish.]

Monster in Paris, A [Although not widely seen, this animated comedy is a real audience pleaser. Set in 1910 Paris, an inventor and his friends help hide a misunderstood monster who has special talents from terrified Parisians. Adam Goldberg, Vanessa Paradis, Bob Balaban, Jay Harrington, Danny Huston, Sean Lennon, Madeline Zima and Catherine O'Hara head the voice cast. Bibo Bergeron directed.]

DVDs:

Borgen [Sidse Babett Knudsen stars as the idealistic head of the moderate party who becomes prime minister of Denmark and has to quickly learn the ways of power in this acclaimed political TV series from Denmark. Also starring Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Pilou Asbaek, Mikael Birkkjaer, Lars Knutzon, and Soren Malling.]

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel [Liza Immordino directed this dazzling documentary about one of the most influential women of the 20th century when it comes to style, having launched model Twiggy's career, advised Jackie Onassis, and edited Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.]

Disneynature: Wings of Life [Another beautiful Disney exploration of creatures, this time those with wings: bats, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Louie Schwartzberg directed this documentary, and Meryl Streep narrates.]

Django Unchained [Fun, if over-the-top ultra-violent blaxploitation/spaghetti western homage starring Jamie Foxx as a gun slinging slave who teams up with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to earn his freedom and try to rescue wife Kerry Washington from evil slave monger Leonardo DiCaprio. As with his Inglorious Basterds, director-writer Quentin Tarantino forces his audience to take sides and has come up with probably the most polarizing film of 2012, splitting the audience into those who think it is Tarantino's best film and those who just plain hate it for its outrageous violence and repeated use of the N-word. The one thing that both camps seem to agree on is excellence of the cast, all of the above mentioned and Samuel L. Jackson with particular praise for Waltz, who won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his second Tarantino film, and DiCaprio, who seemed to relish his rare turn as a villain. Recommended...but not for the squeamish.]

Dragon [2011] [Donnie Yen stars as a village craftsman who saves a shopkeeper's life but comes under the scrutiny of detective Takeshi Kaneshiro who suspects that he has been trained by a vicious gang because of his distinct fighting style. Tang Wei and Jimmy Wang Yu co-star in this Hong Kong action flick directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan.]

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement [The history of gay rights form the backdrop for this love story/documentary about two women who meet and fall in love in the 1960's and eventually marry several decades later after surviving the civil rights movement and the Stonewall riots. Edie Windsor and Thea Soyer are the stars. Directed by Greta Olafsdottir.]

Late Bloomers [In this romantic comedy, William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini play an aging married couple who get the 30 year itch, and it's up to their children, grandchildren, parents and friends to get them to reconcile. But do they really want that? The fine supporting cast includes Joanna Lumley, Kate Ashfield, Simon Callow, Doreen Mantle, Arcan Mcarddle, Arta Dobroshi, Luke Treadaway, Leslie Phillips and Hugo Speer. Julie Gavras directed.]

Monster in Paris, A [Although not widely seen, this animated comedy is a real audience pleaser. Set in 1910 Paris, an inventor and his friends help hide a misunderstood monster who has special talents from terrified Parisians. Adam Goldberg, Vanessa Paradis, Bob Balaban, Jay Harrington, Danny Huston, Sean Lennon, Madeline Zima and Catherine O'Hara head the voice cast. Bibo Bergeron directed.]

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience [Richard E. Robbins directed this moving war documentary taken from the point of view of men and women soldiers who served in the Iraq War and wrote about their experiences in poems, letters, essays, journals, and stories. Robert Duvall, Beau Bridges and Aaron Eckhart are among the actors reading the works.]

Other Son, The [Emotional drama about a young man preparing to join the Israeli army when he discovers that he was switched at birth with a Palestinian from the West Bank, throwing both families into turmoil. Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari amd Khalifa Natour star. Lorraine Levy directed.]

Shakespeare: The King's Man [James Shapiro reveals fascinating facts about the most famous playwright in history, who wrote his best but darkest plays after Elizabeth 1 died and  King James I took over. Directed by Steven Clarke.]

Spies of Warsaw [In this British TV film, David Tennant (Doctor Who) plays a decorated French war hero who becomes embroiled in pre-WWII espionage, falling in love with Parisian beauty Janet Montgomery of Polish descent and a lawyer for the League of Nations, while trying to uncover secrets about German operatives. Coky Giedroyc directed.]

Whisper to a Roar [Miranda Bowen directed this critically acclaimed documentary about pro-democracy activists in five countries (Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe). Alfred Molina narrates and Ben Moses directed.]

Women in Love [2013] [Sumptuous and well-acted new version of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel about two very different sisters in 1920's London whose lovers are equally diverse but passionate. Rosamund Pike, Rachael Sterling, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Malwe, Saskia Reeves and Ben Daniels star in this British TV film that makes an interesting contrast to Ken Russell's terrific 1970   

Recent Arrivals:

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors [Sergei Paradjanov directed this classic period drama set in 19th century Ukraine about a man who falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the man who killed his father. He is trapped in a loveless marriage and cursed by a sorceror, and he edges closer to death, where he hopes to reunite with his true love. Nina Alisova, Tatyana Bestaeva, Nikolai Grinko, Larissa Kadochirikova, and Ivan Mikolaichuk star in this bold 1964 Russian classic.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori

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