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, June 11, 2013

New Releases - June 11, 2013

Blu-rays:

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters [Fun, over-the-top horror action cult comedy in which the two grown up fairy tale children work out their issues by killing witches with extreme prejudice as bounty hunters until they run into one that may be too evil to kill! Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are great as the anti-heroes, and Famke Janssen has a ball as the nasty baddie. Peter Stormare and Thomas Mann co-star. Directed by Tommy Winkola.  2013. Unrated.]

Newsroom, The: Season 1 [Hilarious, moving, politically correct, politically incorrect, maddening, romantic, sexist, sexy, provocative, intelligent and incredibly addictive. The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's welcome to return to television, albeit uncensored HBO cable TV, is all that and more as he explores the wild political and romantic goings on behind the nightly news at a big network. The cast is terrific, especially Jeff Daniels as a once revered conservative news anchor who finds out that nothing is black and white anymore after experiencing a meltdown and deciding to tell his audience the truth (with shades of Network). The amazing actors include Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadowski, and Dev Patel.  Jane Fonda is amazing as the head of the network and not too far removed from ex-husband Ted Turner. Highly recommended!]

Oz the Great and Powerful [Beautiful, exciting and ingenious re-working of the Oz legend, which is quite a change of pace for horror/action cult director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-man series). In this visually stunning fantasy hit, Raimi pulls it off with help from James Franco as a circus magician who is hurled into Oz and thinks he has it made until he meets 3 witches who mystify him and convince him that he may not be the wizard he thinks he is.  Despite a few critical brickbats, Franco is just fine as the wiz although the film is stolen by the three electrifying actresses who play the witches to the hilt: Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. The cast also includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Zach Braff and Robert Stromberg. Whether you are a fan of Frank L. Baum's book series or the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, this wonderful Disney reboot of the series will delight kids of all ages. 2013. Rated PG. 130 minutes. Recommended!]  

DVDs:

As Goes Janesville [Fascinating documentary about Janesville, a small Wisconsin town that loses a GM plant and tries to lure new companies to town and inadvertently creates an anti-union atmosphere and a recall election. Directed by Brad Lichtenstein. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Betty & Coretta [Moving Lifetime bio with Angela Bassett as Coretta King and Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow, and the decades long friendship that develops between them after their husbands are assassinated. Co-starring Ruby Dee, Malik Yoba, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Gloria Reuben, Cehrisse Boothe and Shinelle Azoroh. Directed by Yves Simoneau. 2013.
Unrated. 120 minutes.]    

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters [Fun, over-the-top horror action cult comedy in which the two grown up fairy tale children work out their issues by killing witches with extreme prejudice as bounty hunters until they run into one that may be too evil to kill! Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are great as the anti-heroes, and Famke Janssen has a ball as the nasty baddie. Peter Stormare and Thomas Mann co-star. Directed by Tommy Winkola.  2013. Rated R. 88 minutes.]

House of Cards [2013]: Season 1 [Hit 2013 remake of the classic British TV series, this time starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as a US congressman and wife who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. For the record, this was Netflix's first TV series and a big critical and download hit. Kate Mara and Corey Stoll also star. Unrated. 4 rentals.]

In Organic We Trust [78% of people eat some organic food because they think its healthier, but is it? This appetizing documentary tries to explain what really is organic and what is not. Directed by R. Kiplin Pastor.  2012. Unrated. 82 minutes.]

Killing Lincoln [Gripping History Channel re-enactment of the events that lead assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators to kill President Lincoln. Amazing new facts are revealed in this exciting docudrama narrated by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Campbell and Jesse Johnson. Directed by Adrian Moat. 2013. Unrated. 120 minues.]

Neighboring Sounds [Intriguing dramatic Portuguese thriller about a mysterious security firm brought in to watch over the coastal city of Recife, sparking fears of a divided society still haunted by the past. Directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho. 2012. Unrated. 131 minues.]

Newsroom, The: Season 1 [Hilarious, moving, politically correct, politically incorrect, maddening, romantic, sexist, sexy, provocative, intelligent and incredibly addictive. The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's welcome to return to television, albeit uncensored HBO cable TV, is all that and more as he explores the wild political and romantic goings on behind the nightly news at a big network. The cast is terrific, especially Jeff Daniels as a once revered conservative news anchor who finds out that nothing is black and white anymore after experiencing a meltdown and deciding to tell his audience the truth (with shades of Network). The amazing actors include Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadowski, and Dev Patel.  Jane Fonda is a amazing as the head of the network and not too far removed from ex-husband Ted Turner. Unrated. 4 rentals.  Highly recommended!]

Oz the Great and Powerful [Beautiful, exciting and ingenious re-working of the Oz legend, which is quite a change of pace for horror/action cult director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-man series). In this visually stunning fantasy hit, Raimi pulls it off with help from James Franco as a circus magician who is hurled into Oz and thinks he has it made until he meets 3 witches who mystify him and convince him that he may not be the wizard he thinks he is.  Despite a few critical brickbats, Franco is just fine as the wiz although the film is stolen by the three electrifying actresses who play the witches to the hilt: Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. The cast also includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Zach Braff and Robert Stromberg. Whether you are a fan of Frank L. Baum's book series or the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, this wonderful Disney reboot of the series will delight kids of all ages. 2013. Rated PG. 130 minutes. Recommended!]

Snitch [Dwayne Johnson has one of his better dramatic roles here in this action drama as a businessman whose son is facing 10 years in prison for a drug violation. He volunteers to go undercover in the cartel to find out who framed his son and take the real villain down. Roman Waugh directed. The fine cast includes Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, and NadineVelasquez. 2013. Rated  PG-13. 112 minutes.]

Wrong [Twisted cult farce starring Jack Plotnick as a desperate man who has lost the sole love of his life: his dog. As he tries to find his pet, he changes the lives of several bizarre characters. Co-starring Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steven Little and William Fichtner. Directed by Quentin Supeiux. 2012. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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