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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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Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Releases - October 1, 2013

Blu-rays:

Croods, The [This DreamWorks animated comedy was a surprise critical success and huge box office hit this summer and deals with a wacky Neanderthal family and the wild creatures they meet. The talented voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) wrote and directed. Of course, a sequel is in the works already. 2013. Rated PG. 96 minutes.]

Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The: Director's Cut [Iconic action director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) shifted gears and directed this family friendly period fantasy starring Louise Borgoin as an author-adventurist who is drawn to a prehistoric monster in Paris circa 1912. The special effects are dazzling and the cast features Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace), Gilles Lellouche, and Jean-Paul Rouve. Besson recently directed the Robert De Niro comedy The Family. 2010. Rated PG. 110 minutes.] 

This Is the End [Most of the stars play themselves in this hilarious satire of disaster movies and celebrity vanity with Seth Rogen (who co-directed with Evan Goldberg) leading the pack as a group of movie stars/friends gather for a self-indulgent party at James Franco's amazing new Los Angeles house. Unfortunately, the apocalypse arrives in town the same night, and it soon becomes apparent that actors aren't the best people to grasp reality. In addition to Rogen and Franco, the main stars are Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson, but Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd and other celebs also appear). Recommended if you are in the mood for a good raunchy laugh and if Rogen's brand of self-effacing humor is to your taste. It was both a critical and box office success this summer. 2013. Rated R. 107 minutes. NOTE: If you are one of the lucky few who have a state of the art 4K TV, this Blu-ray is one of the few mastered in the new format as well as regular 1080p HD Blu-ray.]  

DVDS:

Croods, The [This DreamWorks animated comedy was a surprise critical success and huge box office hit this summer and deals with a wacky Neanderthal family and the wild creatures they meet. The talented voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) wrote and directed. Of course, a sequel is in the works already. 2013. Rated PG. 96 minutes.]

Dove's Lost Necklace, The [The second film in Nacer Khemir's Desert trilogy, this sweeping action romance action film follows a young calligraphy student looking for a lost manuscript that may hold the secret to "love," and he ends up teaming up with a beautiful princess in his daring quest. Starring Navin Chowdry, Walid Arakji, Ninar Esber, Noureddine Kasbaoui, and Jamil Joudi. 2008. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The: Director's Cut [Iconic action director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) shifted gears and directed this family friendly period fantasy starring Louise Borgoin as an author-adventurist who is drawn to a prehistoric monster in Paris circa 1912. The special effects are dazzling and the cast features Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace), Gilles Lellouche, and Jean-Paul Rouve. Besson recently directed the Robert De Niro comedy The Family. 2010. Rated PG. 110 minutes.]

Frozen Ground [Interesting casting fuels this thriller based on a true story as Nicolas Cage plays an Alaskan State Trooper trying to stop serial killer John Cusack with the help of potential victim Vanessa Hudgens who escaped his clutches. Scott Walker directed, and Dean Norris (Under the Dome, Breaking Bad), Kevin Dunn, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Brad William Henke, Katherine L. Nasa, Radha Mitchell, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson also star. This is a reunion for Cage and Cusack who worked together in Con-Air. 2013. Rated R. 105 minutes.]

Glee: Season 4 [Change is the word for Season 4 as Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) take on the Big Apple and just about everyone else goes through cataclysmic shifts. Regulars Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison,  Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron and others return for this interesting and well-done, if different, transition season as several of the characters from Seasons 1-3 graduate to the real world, splitting the show between following the newly independent graduates and the new members who join the remaining members of the glee club. Of course, the main focus is still the terrific cover versions of new and old hit songs and following the show's favorite characters.  Sadly, this is Monteith's last season following his untimely accidental overdose death this summer. 6 separate rentals. 2012-2013. Unrated.]

Morning [Actor Leland Orser made his directing debut with this powerful drama starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and himself as a married couple who grieve the death of their only child and try to mend their broken marriage. Laura Linney, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter and Kyle Chandler round out the rest of the cast. 2010. Rated R.]

New Girl: Season 2 [The romantic tension between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) heats up in Season 2 of this hit Fox sitcom co-starring Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris. 3 separate rentals. 2012-2013. Unrated.]

Room 237 [Fun conspiracy theory film documentary surrounding the myths and peculiarities of Stanley Kubrick's controversial film version of Stephen King's The Shining. Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, and Jay Weidner are featured. Rodney Ascher directed. 2012. Unrated. 102 minutes.]

This Is the End [Most of the stars play themselves in this hilarious satire of disaster movies and celebrity vanity with Seth Rogen (who co-directed with Evan Goldberg) leading the pack as a group of movie stars/friends gather for a self-indulgent party at James Franco's amazing new Los Angeles house. Unfortunately, the apocalypse arrives in town the same night, and it soon becomes apparent that actors aren't the best people to grasp reality. In addition to Rogen and Franco, the main stars are Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson, but Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd and other celebs also appear). Recommended if you are in the mood for a good raunchy laugh and if Rogen's brand of self-effacing humor is to your taste. It was both a critical and box office success this summer. 2013. Rated R. 107 minutes.]

Underground: The Julian Assange Story [In anticipation of the release of The Fifth Estate, earlier films and documentaries are being released about the notorious and arrogant whistle blower Julian Assange. This 2012 Australian drama tackles his teen years as an early hacker in 1980's Melbourne as he gains access to high level sites as well as the attention of the law and the press. Alex Williams plays the controversial anti-hero, who is a law-breaking villain to some and a noble hero to others. Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia, Laura Wheelwright, Callan McAuliffe, Jordan Raskopoulos Benedict, and Samuel Daniel Frederiksen also star. Directed by Robert Connolly. Unrated. 89 minues.]

V/H/S/2 [Effective horror sequel about two private eyes who are looking for a missing student and find a mysterious cache of VHS tapes that may help them solve the mystery. Simon Barrett directed and Lawrence Michael Levine stars. 2013. Rated R. 96 minutes.]

Wanderers of the Desert [Visually exciting drama starring writer-director Nacer Khemir as a teacher who arrives at a desolate desert town and mysterious events begin to unfold. This is the first in his Desert trilogy.  Starring Soufiane Makni, Nouraddine Kasabaoui, Sonia Ichti, Hedi Daoud, Hassan Khalsi, and Abdelazim Abdelhack. 2008. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

Notes by Steven Y. Mori.

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