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, July 23, 2013

New Releases - July 23, 2013

Blu-ray:

Trance [Dazzling film noir thriller starring charismatic James McAvoy as a fine art auctioneer who tries to steal a priceless Goya and wakes up to find the painting and his memory gone. His ruthless crime boss Vincent Cassel has him hypnotized to find the painting, but he ends up in a deadly triangle involving sexy hypnotherapist Rosario Dawson. Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) directed this twisty and twisted flick. 2013. Rated R. 102 minutes.]

DVDs:

Colorful: The Motion Picture [In this offbeat Japanese animated feature, there is a train station on the other side of death where souls will be judged and passed onward to their final destination. In this tale, a soul is given a second chance and is placed inside the body of a girl who committed suicide to find out why she did it and if it was a sinful decision. Keiichi Hara directed this adult themed anime. 2010. Unrated. 126 minutes.]

Ginger & Rosa [Moving drama of two inseparable teen girlfriends (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) who truant together, discuss everything and dream of better lives than their conventional mothers, but as the Cold War escalates, their friendship is shattered by the clash of desire and the determination to grow up. The all-star cast includes Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Christina Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola and Timothy Spall. Sally Potter (The Tango Lesson, Miss Pettigrea Lives for a Day) directed this coming of age drama sext in the Sixties. 2012. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Graceland [2012] [Tense Filipino thriller in which a chauffeur is ambushed while driving his daughter and his political boss' daughter. When the kidnappers accidentally take his daughter, he has to desperately try to get her back, walking a fine line between the dangerous kidnappers and his corrupt boss. Starring Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Dido De La Paz. Directed by Ron Morales. Unrated. 84 minutes.]

House I Live In, The [For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over $1 trillion, has made the US the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available than ever. Where did we go wrong and what can we do? This ambitious documentary by Eugene Jarecki tries to answer that question. Filmed in 20 states, this film tries to explore every aspect of the drug phenomenon from the dealers to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the Senator, and the inmate to the federal judge, and how we are losing the longest war in American history. 2012. Unrated. 108 minutes.]

Loose Cannons [2010] [Wild Italian farce about a young man planning to announce to his family that he intends to be a writer instead of taking over the family business and that he is gay when his brother beats him to it and gives their father a heart attack, changing our hero's plans. When his boyfriend arrives, even more chaos break out. Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino and Ilaria Occhini star. Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek. Unrated. 110 minutes.]

NEDS-Non Educated Delinquents [Gritty Scottish coming of age drama set in 1970's Glasgow about a young, bright and sensitive Scots boy who is doomed from the start thanks to the legacy of his hooligan brother, and the failed adults around him, including an abusive drunk of a father. It isn't long before he takes to the savage life of the streets with a vengeance. Peter Mullan directed this acclaimed film starring Conor McCarron, Mhairi Anderson and Martin Bell. 2010. Unrated. 134 minutes.]

Sound City: Real to Reel [Rocker Dave Grohl directed and appears in this story of one of the most unsung recording studios in the US, where he and rockers like Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Tom Petty and many others created rock gold. Also featuring Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, John Fogarty, Paul McCartney, Lindsay Buckingham, Barry Manilow, Rick Springfield and others. 2013. Unrated. 147 minutes.]

Trance [Dazzling noir thriller starring charismatic James McAvoy as a fine art auctioneer who tries to steal a priceless Goya and wakes up to find the painting and his memory gone. His ruthless crime boss Vincent Cassel has him hypnotized to find the painting, but he ends up in a deadly triangle involving sexy hypnotherapist Rosario Dawson. Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) directed this twisty and twisted flick. 2013. Rated R. 102 minutes.]
Recent Arrival:

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach [The life and work of 18th Century composer Johann Sebastian Bach is featured here in this musical biodrama which is comprised of mostly Bach set pieces (played by harpsichord virtuoso/music scholar Gustav Leonhart). Christiane Lang plays Bach's wife Anna, who also narrates.  Paolo Carlini also stars. Directed by Jean-Marie Straub. 1967. Unrated. B/W. 93 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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