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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, July 30, 2013

New Releases - July 30, 2013

Blu-ray:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation [Enjoyably over-the-top action as Dwayne Johnson joins the franchise and heads up a new team of G.I. Joes to fight evil nemesis Cobra and baddies who have penetrated the government's security from within. Female fans will be happy to note that Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) is about the only cast member who returns from the first hit, but Bruce Willis is an added attraction for Die Hard action fans along with Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona. Jon M. Chu directed with an eye toward eye-popping and unique action setpieces, like the thrilling battle between sword wielding ninjas on the side of a cliff. 2013. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.]


DVDs:

Assault on Wall Street [Dominic Purcell (TV's Prison Break) goes against type as a Wall Streeter who loses his job, his home and his wife when the economy crashes. He snaps and goes to extreme and violent lengths to get revenge on those who harmed him. Eric Roberts, Edward Furlong, Erin Karpluk, and John Heard co-star. Exploitation director Uwe Boll is not one to shy away from controversial or topical subjects as he is the man responsible for films, like Rampage (2009), Postal, Blubberella, Alone in the Dark, and many more. 2013. Rated R. 97 minutes.]

Banshee: Season 1 [If you are a fan of Cinemax's grindhouse-style TV series full of sex and violence, you will not be disappointed with this addictive action melodrama with an outrageous but engaging concept. Antony Starr stars as an ex-con who becomes the unlikely sheriff of an Amish-area town while looking for his lost love (hot Ivana Milicevic from Casino Royale) who he let escape after a jewel heist 15 years ago so he could take the heat. When she turns up under a new identity as the wife of the local DA with a family, things get really interesting, as her past and present collide. Ben Cross, Frankie Faison, Daniel Ross Owens, Rus Blackwell, and Ulrich Thomsen also star in this wild show. 2013. Unrated. Four separate rentals.]

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 [This is the exciting conclusion to the animated DC feature in which Batman and Robin seem to finally control The Mutants but spur a new villain named The Joker into diabolical action. Meanwhile, a global disaster looms and with it comes the Man of Steel, who has Batman in his sights this time. Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Michael McKean and Ariel Winter head the excellent voice talent. 2013. Rated PG-13. 78 minutes.]

Between Us [Dan Mirvish directed this dark comedy with a great cast (Taye Diggs, David Harbour, Julia Stiles and Melissa George). The clever concept features a newly married NY couple who visit their wealthy friends in the Midwest, but the latter couple's marriage has turned bitter. A few years later, the couples reunite, but the tables have turned. 2012. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Cloudburst [Hilarious road trip comedy starring Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as a wild lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home on the way to Canada to be legally married. Young Ryan Douchette plays a hitcher who catches a ride from them along with many life lessons. Co-starring Kristin Booth, Michael McPhee, Jonathan Bennett and Sheila Lane. Directed by Thom Fitzgerald. 2011. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Filly Brown [A young, raw hip-hop artist tries to become a success in the music world, but when a producer offers her a contract, will she lose her identity and her friends in exchange for fame and fortune? Starring Gena Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, singer Jenni Rivera (sadly in her last role), Emilio Rivera, Noel G., and Kerry Norton. Youssef Delara directed this gritty and realistic musical drama. 2012. Rated R. 99 minutes.]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation [Enjoyably over-the-top action as Dwayne Johnson joins the franchise and heads up a new team of G.I. Joes to fight evil nemesis Cobra and baddies who have penetrated the government's security from within. Female fans will be happy to note that Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) is about the only cast member who returns from the first hit, but Bruce Willis is an added attraction for Die Hard action fans along with Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona. Jon M. Chu directed with an eye toward eye-popping and unique action setpieces, like the thrilling battle between sword wielding ninjas on the side of a cliff. 2013. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.]

Kiss of the Damned [This little seen indie vampire romance film marks the fictional film debut of Xan Cassavetes, daughter of the iconic actor-director John Cassavetes and brother of talented director Nick Cassavetes, and she delivered a fascinating, minimalist story about a beautiful vampire who falls for a handsome human screenwriter but finds her very existence threatened when her equally seductive sister shows up and causes trouble. Starring Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimglia (TV's Heroes), and Roxane Mesquida.  2012. Rated R. 96 minutes.]

Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, The [In this creepy gothic horror tale, Aaron Poole plays a man who inherits his estranged mother's (Vanessa Redgrave) home and arrives to take stock of his inheritance but finds a chilling surprise instead. Also starring Julian Richings, Stephen Eric McIntire, Charlotte Sullivan and Mitch Markowitz. Rodrigo Gudino directed. 2012. Unrated. 80 minutes.]

Orphan Black: Season 1 [In this dazzling British TV sci-fi thriller, Tatiana Maslany gives a bravura performance as an orphan who sees the suicide of a woman who looks just like her and assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But a conspiracy unfolds as she questions why she has an exact double. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Remembering Playland at the Beach [This Tom Wyrsch documentary is a must for San Francisco Bay Areans who want to learn about one of the lost landmarks of San Francisco and for fans of amusement parks. For those old enough to remember, Playland at the Beach was an amazing 10-acre seaside amusement park set on Ocean Beach that was bursting with fun rides, games and offbeat entertainment until it was torn down in 1972 to make way for condos. The rare film footage and stills of the park will bring a nostalgic smile to your face, but the sad end to the iconic location may bring tears to your eyes even 40+ years after its demise.]

Rough Riders [Director John Milius directed this excellent TNT miniseries starring Tom Berenger as Theodore Roosevelt circa 1898 as he takes up the cause of the Cuban rebels against Spanish rule and puts together a voluntary army nicknamed the "rough riders" to fight against a far superior enemy. Sam Elliott and Gary Busey also star. Milius is an obvious fan of Roosevelt, having already prominently featuring him in his superb 1975 film The Wind and the Lion. 2006. Unrated. 183 minutes.]

Silence, The [2010] [Chilling German thriller about an unsolved murder of a young girl in a wheat field in 1986 that heats up again 23 years later when another girl disappears under similar circumstances. The retired detective from the first case joins a widowed young detective to see if the same killer has struck again. Ulrich Thomsen and Wotan Wiike Mohring star. Barab bo Odar directed. Unrated. 119 minutes.]

Twixt [Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed this little seen but highly effective indie Gothic horror film starring Val Kilmer as a writer who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be the subject of his next book. However, the further he delves into the killing, the more nightmarish his own life becomes as he is visited by the ghost of a young girl (Elle Fanning). Bruce Dern also stars. 2011. Rated R. 88 minutes.]  

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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