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 - June 25, 2013

Blu-ray:

Call, The [Exciting thriller with Halle Berry in one of her best performance in recent years as a 911 operator who bonds on the phone with teen aged girl Abigail Breslin who has been kidnapped and put in a car trunk. It's up to Berry to help her escape the crazy serial killer before it's too late. Brad Anderson directed this intense film noir that joins Cellular, Phone Booth and The Slender Thread in the narrow telephone thriller genre. The cast features Evie Thompson, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Ekland. 2013. Rated R. 94 minutes.]

DVDs:

Big C, The: Season 3 [Laura Linney is wonderful as usual as cancer survivor Cathy as she goes into remission and considers adopting while hubby Oliver Platt survives his heart attack and becomes a motivational speaker. Susan Sarandon, Gabourey Sibide, and Gabriel Basso also appear in the third season of this darkly funny Showtime comedy series. 2 separate rentals. 2012. Unrated.]

Brooklyn Castle [Uplifting documentary about five inner city junior high school students who win the most national chess championships in the country despite their impoverished environment. Starring Patrick The Newcomer Johnston, Rochelle The Competitor Ballantyne, Pobo The Politician Efekoro, Alexis The Dreamer Paredes and Justus The Master Williams. Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. 2012. Rated PG. 101 minutes.]

Call, The [Exciting thriller with Halle Berry in one of her best performance in recent years as a 911 operator who bonds on the phone with teen aged girl Abigail Breslin who has been kidnapped and put in a car trunk. It's up to Berry to help her escape the crazy serial killer before it's too late. Brad Anderson directed this intense film noir that joins Cellular, Phone Booth and The Slender Thread in the narrow telephone thriller genre. The cast features Evie Thompson, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Ekland. 2013. Rated R. 94 minutes.]

Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The [Hysterical farce in which superstar magician team Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi start to lose their mojo to outrageous street stunt magician Jim Carrey. They also happen to hate each other, but there is still a chance to save their act both on and offstage if they can remember why they love magic in the first place. The fun cast includes Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini in one of his last roles. Actor turned director Don Scardino helmed this crazy comedy. 2013. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.]

Into the White [Fascinating true story of two enemy fighter planes that are shot down in Norway in 1940, and the enemies have to work together to survive the harsh mountain wilderness. Starring Stig Henrik Hoff, David Kross, Florian Lukas, Lachlan Nieboer and Rupert Grint. Directed by Peter Naess. 2012. Rated R. 101 minutes.]

Masquerade [2012] [Lee Byung-Hun stars as a lowly peasant who has to pose as a tyrannical king who has fallen ill in the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Ryoo Seung-Ryong, Han Hyo-Jou, Kim In-Kwon, Jang Gwang, Shim Eun-Kyung, and Kim Myeong-Gon star. Choo Chang-Min directed. Unrated. 131 minutes.]

National Geographic: In God's Name [Complex questions are answered by 12 of the world's most influential spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, in this illuminating documentary. 2008. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

New Tricks: Season 9 [Big changes occur in this pivotal ninth season as the beloved cold case team loses one of their own...to retirement! Starring Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong, and James Bolam.  2012. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

No [Nominated for Best Foreign Film, this acclaimed 2012 drama based on a true story showcases Gael Garcia Bernal as an advertising exec who helps spearhead the campaign to vote Chilean dictator Pinochet out of office. Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Marcial Tagle, Nestor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell, and Pascal Montero star. Directed by Pablo Larrain. Rated R. 118 minutes.]

Place at the Table, A [50 million Americans-1 in 4 children-do not know where their next meal is coming from, and this moving documentary tells the story of 3 such Americans who struggle just to eat. Jeff Bridges narrates. Directed by Kristi Jacobson. 2012. Rated PG. 84 minutes.]

Post Mortem [Part 2 of director Larrain's trilogy about dictator Pinochet's rule in Chile (Tony Manero was the first and No was the third) has Alfredo Castro starring as a meek state employee who takes autopsy notes and becomes obsessed with beautiful neighbor Antonia Zegers, a dance hall girl involved with left-wing activists. Jaime Vedell, Amparo Noguera, and Marcelo Alonso co-star. 2010. Unrated. 98 minutes.]

Supporting Characters [Enjoyable romantic farce starring Alex Karpovsky and Tank Lowe  as best friends and an editing duo hired to fix a terrible movie directed by Kevin Corrigan. As they work, their personal relationships with women become as tangled and twisted as the movie they are working on in this witty comedy about filmmaking and love. Also starring Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Takal, and Melonie Diaz. Directed by Daniel Schechter. 2012. Unrated. 87 minutes.]

Tony Manero [Intriguing Chilean crime drama starring Alfredo Castro as a 1970's criminal who becomes obsessed with John Travolta's character (the film's title) in Saturday Night Fever and tries to recreate his dancing success but only ends up committing more violent acts in frustration. Amparo Noguera, Hector Morales, Elsa Poblete, Paola Lattus, Nicolas Masso, and Marcelo Alonso also star. Directed by Pablo Larrain. 2008. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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