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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, May 14, 2013

New Releases - May 14, 2013

Blu-rays:

Cloud Atlas [One of the best and most challenging films of 2012, this epic drama covers six stories over several centuries as characters move from one life to another and change character traits depending on their actions in the previous life. The talented cast who play multiple characters include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer directed this beautiful and ambitious cult film. Highly recommended! Rated R. 172 minutes.]

DVDs:

Alps [Yorgoas Lathimos (Dogtooth) directed this fascinating drama of four people who form a secret sect to ease the grieving process by acting out the part of a lost loved one to help the customer accept their loss. Lee Polydor, Christos Voudouris, Victoria Bousis, and Thomas Kikis star. 2011. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Apocalypse, CA [Fun indie sci-fi satire about a group of friends who wait for certain death from a massive asteroid, sex-inducing drugs, a three hundred foot giant, and a horde of other absurd problems. Starring Nick Mathis, Erin Bodine, Elizabeth Sandy and Anne McDaniels.  Directed by Chad Peter. 2011. Unrated.]

Attenberg [Offbeat and witty Greek coming of age comedy about a bored 23 year old woman who lives in a seaside factory town and comes to life when she meets a visiting engineer. Starring Ariane Labed, Giorgios Lanthimos and Vangelis star. Directed by Athima Rachel Tsangari. 2012. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Back to 1942 [Adrien Brody plays an American journalist who investigates a disastrous drought and windstorm that hit the Henan province in China while they are at war with Japan. Zhang Guoli and Tim Robbins co-star. Xiaogang Feng directed. 2012. Unrated. 145 minutes.]

Bonsai [Complex but fun romantic comedy in which a young writer wants to transcribe an author's latest work. When he does not get the job, he lies to his girlfriend and writes his own story that leads him to his ex-girlfriend. Starring Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia, Cristobel Bricerio, Julio Carrasco, Trinidad Gonzalez, Andres Waas, ans Hugo Medina star. Directed by Cristian Jimenez. 2012. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Cloud Atlas [One of the best and most challenging films of 2012, this epic drama covers six stories over several centuries as characters move from one life to another and change character traits depending on their actions in the previous life. The talented cast who play multiple characters include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer directed this beautiful and ambitious cult film. Highly recommended! Rated R. 172 minutes.]

Dexter: Season 7 [Sister Deb discovers Dexter's secret and things get even more complicated when he falls for a beautiful murderer (sexy and beautiful Yvonne Strahovski from TV's Chuck). Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter star. 4 separate rentals. Unrated.]

Hunter, The [2010] [Writer-director Rafi Pitts stars as an ex-con who spends as much time as he can with his wife and daughter once he gets out of prison. When they are accidentally killed by police at a protest, Pitts snaps and kills two policeman on a highway with a sniper rifle. Mitra Hajar, Ali Niksaulat, and Hassan Ghalendi star. 2010. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Leonie [Emily Mortimer (TV's The Newsroom) gives a luminous performance as editor Leonie Gilmour who falls in love with client poet Yone Noguchi. She follows him to Japan where she is left alone to raise her son, who grows up to become the brilliant artist Isamu Noguchi. Co-starring Christina Hendricks, Shido Nakamura, Mieko Harada, Keiko Takeshita, Masatosh Nakamura, Kazuko Yoshiyuke and Mary Kay Place. Directed by Hisako Matsui. 2010. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes.]

Little Red Wagon [Inspirational true family drama about an 8 year old boy who walks cross country with his wagon to call attention to homeless children in the wake of Hurricane Charley. Anna Gunn, Chandler Canterbury, Frances O'Connor, Dylan Matzie, and Daveleigh Chase star. David Anspaugh directed. 2012. Rated PG. 104 minutes.]

Nobody Else But You [Clever noir satire about a bestselling crime novelist with writer's block who meets a stunning blonde beauty who is a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. The trouble is she's dead and it's up to the writer to find out if she really died from a suicide or if it was homicide. Starring Jean-Paul Rouve, Sophie Quinton, Guillaume Gouix, Olivier Rabourdin, Clara Pnsot, Eric Ruf and Arsinee Khanjian. Gerald Hustache-Mathieu directed. 2011. Unrated. 102 minutes.]

Take Me Home [Hilarious romantic comedy starring Amber Jaeger as a jealous young beauty who is mad at her husband and finds out her estranged dad suffered a heart attack. She hires cab driver Sam Jaeger (who also directed), who just lost a photo job and faces eviction, to take her on a cab ride from NYC to California that changes their lives forever when they fall in love. Victor Garber, Lin Shaye and Bree Turner co-star. 2012. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.]  

Recent Arrivals:

3:10 to Yuma [1957]:The Criterion Collection [Improved remaster of the great original 1957 Delmer Daves western about poor rancher Van Heflin trying to get charismatic robber Glenn Ford to the train station without getting either of them killed by Ford's gang. Felicia Farr co-stars. Unrated. 92 minutes.]

Beastmaster, The [Cult sword action fantasy with ex-ACT actor Marc Singer as a buff hero who can telepathically communicate with animals in his fight with villainous Rip Torn. Tanya Roberts is the lovely, scantily-clad heroine in distress. Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) directed this somewhat campy and enjoyable flick. 1982.] 

Crimewave [Sam Raimi directed and co-wrote this wild slapstick farce with the Coen Brothers
in which a business man hires two incompetent hit men to kill his business partner,  but when his wife witnesses the murder, she becomes the next hit on their list. Louise Lasser, Brion James, Bruce Campbell and Paul L. Smith star. 1985. Rated PG-13. 83 minutes.]

Gang War/Broken Strings [1940] [Two early Blaxploitation films, the first about rival gangsters warring in Harlem and the latter about a headstrong violinist whose life is ruined after an accident partially paralyzes him. 1940. Unrated.]

Jubal: The Criterion Collection [Fun remasterd Delmer Daves western version of Shakespeare's Othello with drifter Glenn Ford romancing rancher Ernest Borgnine's wife Valerie French, inspiring ire in top hand Rod Steiger that leads to tragedy.]

Serial [Totally hilarious and underrated satire of the Me Generation and affluent Marin County as seen through the eyes of married couple Martin Mull and Tuesday Weld as they experiment with open marriage, group sex, drugs, meditation, hot tubbing and psychotherapy. The great cast includes Sally Kellerman, Tom Smothers, Christopher Lee, Bill Macy, Patch McKenzie and Pamela Bell wood. 1980. Rated R. 92 minutes.]

Tampopo [Remastered version of the classic and brilliantly inventive Juzo Itami comedy about cowboy truck driver Tsutomu Yamazaki trying to help attractive Nobuko Miyamoto make her failing noodle restaurant a success. Itami skillfully interweaves several amusing subplots and fantasies about ramen that make this one of the funniest and tastiest films of the 1980's and one of the best Japanese comedies ever. The chemistry between Yamazaki and Miyamoto (who were also paired in Itami's The Funeral and A Taxing Woman) is magical.  1985. Unrated.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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