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 28, 2013

New Releases - October 29, 2013

Blu-rays:

Byzantium [Chillingly beautiful gothic horror starring Gemma Arterton and Saorise Ronan as two young women who seek refuge in a small coastal town and harbor a dark secret that they survive on human blood. When their secret is discovered, their lives are turned upside down. Also starring Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, and Caleb Landry Jones. Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves) directed. 2013. Rated R. 118 minutes.]

Conjuring, The [One of the better horror chillers from the last few years, this film is based on a true story and stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as ghost hunters who help a family terrorized by evil spirits in their farmhouse. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston also star. Although this hit was directed by Saw's James Wan, he wisely did not overdo the gore but still delivered the shocks and chills thanks to clever editing and psychological jolts. Recommended Halloween viewing! 2013. Rated R. 112 minutes.]

Monsters University [If you want something lighter but still monster oriented and family friendly for Halloween, you might want to try Pixar's latest hit, a hilarious prequel to Monsters, Inc. This time, we learn how Mike (Billy Crystal) meets best friend Sulley (John  Goodman) as young monsters at college as Mike tries desperately to be a Scarer like Sulley. Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren also star as voice talent. Directed by Dan Scanlon. 2013. Rated G. 104 minutes.]

R.I.P.D. [Despite disappointing box office, the state of the art special effects, good cast and fun premise should be at least worth a look for this action-packed sci-fi comedy that resembles Men in Black. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges both play cops who are brought back from the dead in the future to help humankind survive all-out war with the dead. Of course, part of the fun is having freaked out newly dead Reynolds partnering with veteran Bridges who actually comes from the Old West and has been dead a long while. The quirky cast includes Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, and James Hong. Directed by Robert Schwentke.  2013. PG-13.]

DVDs:

Byzantium [Chillingly beautiful gothic horror starring Gemma Arterton and Saorise Ronan as two young women who seek refuge in a small coastal town and harbor a dark secret that they survive on human blood. When their secret is discovered, their lives are turned upside down. Also starring Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, and Caleb Landry Jones. Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves) directed. 2013. Rated R. 118 minutes.]

Conjuring, The [One of the better horror chillers from the last few years, this film is based on a true story and stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as ghost hunters who help a family terrorized by evil spirits in their farmhouse. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston also star. Although this hit was directed by Saw's James Wan, he wisely did not overdo the gore but still delivered the shocks and chills thanks to clever editing and psychological jolts. Recommended Halloween viewing! 2013. Rated R. 112 minutes.]

Free Samples [Cute indie comedy starring Jess Wexler as a hungover Stanford dropout who spends the day running an ice cream truck in L.A. and re-evaluates her life. Halley Feiffer, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter and 'Tippi' Hedren co-star. Directed by Jay Gammill. 2013. Unrated.  80 minutes.]

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai [Exciting and twisted action thriller in which a mysterious samurai shows up at a feudal lord's temple to commit ritual suicide, but is he harboring some hidden agenda?  Starring Ebizio Ichikawa, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima, and Naoto Takenaka. Directed by Takashi Miike. 2012. Unrated. 120 minutes.]

Line of Duty: Series 1 [Lennie James (Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead) stars as a top detective whose record is so clean it falls under the suspicion of superintendent Adrian Dunbar, who assigns new detective Martin Compston to investigate him in this tense British crime TV show.  Vicky McClure, Gina McKee, Craig Parkinson, Kate Ashfield, Paul Higgins, Neil Morrissey, and Owen Teale also star. 2012. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.] 

Monsters University [If you want something lighter but still monster oriented and family friendly for Halloween, you might want to try Pixar's latest hit, a hilarious prequel to Monsters, Inc. This time, we learn how Mike (Billy Crystal) meets best friend Sulley (John  Goodman) as young monsters at college as Mike tries desperately to be a Scarer like Sulley. Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren also star as voice talent. Directed by Dan Scanlon. 2013. Rated G. 104 minutes.]


R.I.P.D. [Despite disappointing box office, the state of the art special effects, good cast and fun premise should be at least worth a look for this action-packed sci-fi comedy that resembles Men in Black. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges both play cops who are brought back from the dead in the future to help humankind survive all-out war with the dead. Of course, part of the fun is having freaked out newly dead Reynolds partnering with veteran Bridges who actually comes from the Old West and has been dead a long while. The quirky cast includes Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, and James Hong. Directed by Robert Schwentke. 2013. PG-13.]

New/recent Arrivals:

Uninvited, The: The Criterion Collection [For years, customers have been requesting this superb gothic horror/film noir classic directed by Lewis Allen (Suddenly), and now it is finally available on DVD. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as a brother and sister who get a great deal on a beautiful house in Cornwall.  Unfortunately, the house is haunted, and they become embroiled in a ghostly and creepy romantic triangle. This is considered by many to be one of the best haunted house movies ever made.  Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Gail Russell and Alan Napier co-star. New 2K transfer. B/W. 99 minutes.] 

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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