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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 2, 2013

New Releases - April 2, 2013

DVDs:

Baytown Outlaws [This over-the-top action comedy sure sounds like a Quentin Tarantino-style homage to 1970's grindhouse flicks. Eva Longoria (of TV's Desperate Housewives fame) plays a hot babe who is shot several times by ex-husband Billy BobThornton and left for dead. In turn, she hires three redneck brothers/hitmen to help her retrieve her godson from crime boss Thornton, leading to plenty of gratuitous sex and violence, especially the latter as they shoot and plunder their way across the South. Michael Rapaport co-stars. Barry Battles directed this wild and crazy film.] [due 4/2]

Bible, The: The Epic Miniseries [2013] [The Amazing Race's Mark Burnette and actress Roma Downey produced this spectacular, extremely popular and somewhat controversial epic retelling of scriptures from Genesis to Revelations. With a relatively modest budget of $20 million, Burnette and Downey have fashioned a fresh and breathtaking 10 hour mini-series that has delivered a record-breaking hit for The History Channel and has once again sparked a national debate over Christianity with its vivid depictions of familiar tales like Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Moses and the Ten Commandments and, of course, the tale of Jesus Christ and his crucifixion. The largely unknown cast (with the exception of Downey as Mother Mary) is lead by Diogo Morgado in a star-making turn as Jesus that has earned him a legion of fans thanks to his charisma and buff physicality.  Ironically, the only misstep the producers seem to have made is casting an actor who resembles President Barrack Obama as The Devil (!). The network and the producers deny that the casting was intentional, but regardless, the embarrassment only helped promote the show and enhance its ratings. In any case, the dazzling special effects put many previous religious epics to shame, including Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments and John Huston's The Bible...In the Beginning. Whether you are a Christian or not, this version is definitely work a look, if only for the striking production values, and it may have miraculously resurrected two seemingly dead genres: the mini-series and the religious epic.][due 4/2]

Dirk Gently: Season 1 [In this fun British TV series, Stephen Mangan (from TV's Episodes) is typically charming as the quirky and somewhat bumbling head of The Holistic Detective Agency as he solves baffling crimes with the mantra that everything in life is interconnected. If that premise seems vaguely familiar, the show is based on a story by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Douglas Adams. Darren Boyd and Helen Baxendale co-star in this welcome mystery comedy.]]due 4/2]

Flat, The [Gripping documentary with filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger going to Tel Aviv to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased German born Jewish grandmother. He discovers unsettling evidence suggesting that his grandparents were friends with the head of Nazi propaganda through the war and even after the Holocaust.]

Jackie Robinson: My Story [An award-winning new look at the life of the baseball great who broke racial barriers to become a national star. Stephen Hill plays the lead and Don Newcombe, Clem Labine and Carl Erskine co-star. Directed by Marino Amoruso. This is making its DVD debut to coincide with the release of the new movie about Robinson: 42.]

Jedi Junkies [As the title suggests, this enjoyable Mark Edlitz documentary chronicles the lives of the most dedicated Star Wars fans on earth. Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, Olivia Munn and Jeremy Bulloch are among the celebrities interviewed.]

Khodorkovsky [Fascinating documentary about the title character, Mikhail Khodrokovsky, the former head of the Russian oil company Yukos, who was arrested in 2003 and charged with tax evasion and fraud. We see how he was transformed from the wealthiest man in Russia into a martyr for the cause of political freedom and rule of law. Cyril Tuschi directed.]

Kick, The [This Thai/South Korean action film is about a martial arts family who prevent the theft of a beloved Thai sword and become national heroes. When the thieves go after the kids for revenge, the whole family has to fight back. Guess who wins?][due 4/2]

Oslo. August 31st [Acclaimed  Norwegian drama about a man who is nearly finished with a drug rehab program, and instead of going on a mandatory job interview, he spends the day visiting old friends he believes he has let down. Joachim Trier directed and Anders Danielsen Lie,  Hans Olav Brenner and Ingrid Olava star.]

Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling [Fun music documentary about the International Whistling Competition, where many diverse types of people display their musical whistling skills. Along the way, we also see famous whistling scenes from films. Directed by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis.]

Somewhere Between [Moving documentary following four Chinese teen girls adopted by Americans after China adopted the One Child Policy. This intimate film explores how they adapted to American ways and how some have reconnected with their Chinese culture. Ann Cossuti, Haley Butler, Jenna Cook and Fang Lee are featured. Linda Goldstein directed.]

Recent Arrivals:

Gate of Hell [The Criterion Collection] [Teinosuke Kinugasa directed this striking 1953 Japanese Drama that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Kazuo Hasegawa, Machiko Kyo and Yataro Kurokawa star in this 17th century tale of an imperial warrior who falls in love with a beautiful lady in waiting and obsessively pursues her even after he discovers she is married.][due 4/2]

Jackie Robinson Story, The [Ground-breaking baseball great Robinson plays himself in this stirring 1950 bio about his rise to fame while overcoming racial barriers. Alfred E. Green directed this classic co-starring Ruby Dee and Louise Beavers. Excellent new remaster in both color and B/W versions.]

Look Who's Talking/Look Who's Talking Too [John Travolta and Kirstie Alley star in the hit comedy series as an offbeat couple who are brought together by Alley's talkative baby (hilariously voiced by Bruce Willis). This double feature also has the sequel in which they have a new baby (voiced by Roseanne Barr. Amy Heckerling directed both films.]

Man Escaped, A [The Criterion Collection] [Robert Bresson directed this stark and intense 1956 WWII docudrama about Andre Devigny, a member of the French Resistance who was caught and sentenced to death by the Gestapo, and meticulously plotted his escape against all odds. Francois Letterier stars.][due 4/2]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.





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