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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Monday, October 14, 2013

New Releases - October 15, 2013

Blu-rays:

Heat, The [2013] [Wacky and good-naturedly raunchy R-rated fun teaming straight-laced FBI agent Sandra Bullock with hotheaded Boston cop Melissa McCarthy in a female buddy farce as they try to bring down a drug dealer. Paul Feig directed the big summer hit. Demian Bechir (so good in FX TV's The Bridge), Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport also star. 117 minutes.]

Pacific Rim [Terrific special effects are the real star of this otherwise by the book futuristic sci-fi actioner about humans who have to control huge robots to battle and defeat massive invading alien monsters. With Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) at the helm, there was a lot of buzz about the film before it came out and perhaps fans had their expectations too high as the script and pacing proved to be somewhat disappointing despite an interesting cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rob Kozinsky. The movie does have its moments thanks to the spectacular FX, which give fanboys hope that the forthcoming Godzilla remake will deliver both the story and interesting characters that are missing from this outing. 2013. Rated PG-13.]

DVDs:

Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla [Exciting recreation of the historic 1862 Battle of Puebla in which the Mexican army took on powerful French invaders who threatened to take over Mexico. Angelica Aragon, Kuno Becker, Liz Gallardo, and Christian Vazquez star. 2013. Rated R. 126 minutes.]

Dirty Wars [2013] [In this compelling documentary, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in US history. Directed by Richard Rowley. Unrated. 86 minutes.]

Drug War [2013] [Exciting Chinese thriller starring Louis Koo as a drug dealer who is caught by the police and forced to become an informant against his cartel or face execution. Johnnie To directed. Honglei Sun, Michelle Ye and Crystal Huang also star. 2012. Rated R. 107 minutes.]

Fall, The: Series 1 [Gillian Anderson stars as a British detective who is called to Belfast to catch a serial killer before he strikes again in this British TV thriller. Also starring Jamie Dorman, Laura Donnelly, Bronaugh Waugh, Ben Peel, Michael McElhatton, Susan Graham, Niamh McGrady, Ian McElhinney, Frank McCusker, John Lynch and Archie Punjabi. 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Heat, The [2013] [Wacky and good-naturedly raunchy R-rated fun teaming straight-laced FBI agent Sandra Bullock with hotheaded Boston cop Melissa McCarthy in a female buddy farce as they try to bring down a drug dealer. Paul Feig directed the big summer hit. Demian Bechir (so good in FX TV's The Bridge), Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport also star. 117 minutes.]

Hijacking, A [Acclaimed and intense Danish thriller about a cargo ship that is hijacked by ruthless Somali pirates and held in a lethal game of life and death. Tobias Lindholm directed this film based on a true story. Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Moller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, and Abdihakin Asgar star. Obviously this release is timed to coincide with the similar Paul Greengrass hit Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. 2012. Rated R. 103 minutes.]

I Do [2012] [In this indie drama, a gay Brit marries his lesbian best friend to stay in the US, but complications arise when he meets the love of his life at the same time. The interesting cast includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, David W. Ross, Maurice Compte, Grant Bowler, and Patricia Belcher. Directed by Glenn Gaylord. Unrated. 91 minutes.]

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness-Scorpion Sting [Multiple episodes of the TV series featuring the lovable hero. 2013. Unrated. 154 minutes.]

Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around [More fun animated adventures of Susan, Link, Dr. Cockroach and B.O.B. from the original film. 2013. 176 minutes.]
 
Pacific Rim [Terrific special effects are the real star of this otherwise by the book futuristic sci-fi actioner about humans who have to control huge robots to battle and defeat massive invading alien monsters. With Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) at the helm, there was a lot of buzz about the film before it came out and perhaps fans had their expectations too high as the script and pacing proved to be somewhat disappointing despite an interesting cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rob Kozinsky. The movie does have its moments thanks to the spectacular FX, which give fanboys hope that the forthcoming Godzilla remake will deliver both the story and interesting characters that are missing from this outing. 2013. Rated PG-13.]

Shrek the Musical [Enjoyable Broadway musical version of the hit animated franchise with 17 new songs and the beloved characters audiences love. 2013. Unrated. 113 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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