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, December 23, 2013

New Releases - December 24. 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

DVDs:

Insidious: Chapter 2 [Director James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw) had another major horror success with Insidious, in which a family's comatose boy was trapped by evil spirits inside a  world called The Further. In this equally creepy sequel, the haunted Lambert family attempts to find the root of the secret that connects their son to the spirit world. Returning cast members from the first film include Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, and Lin Shaye. The film was successful enough that they are working on #3 for 2015. 2013. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Box Office: $54 million.]

Lives That Changed the World: Nelson Mandela [Moving Smithsonian Channel documentary about the beloved South African leader. Directed by Nadine Pegueneza. 2010. Unrated. 46 minutes.]

Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, The [Feature length Frontline documentary originally broadcast on PBS. 2012. Unrated. 120 minutes.]

Mandela [1996] [Feature length documentary bio nominated for a 1997 Best Documentary Academy Award directed by Angus Gibson and Jo Menell. 1996. Unrated. 118 minutes.]

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers [Exciting and stylish USA-UK-Serbian-Montenegro documentary combining real-life footage and animation telling the story of the audacious gang of international jewel thieves named The Pink Panthers after the classic Blake Edwards comedies about a legendary jewel thief. 2013. Unrated. 89 minutes. Box Office: Under $1 million.]

Sound of Music Live!, The [2013] [This enjoyable remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about the Von Trapp Family was broadcast live recently on NBC and received a huge rating and some mixed reviews. Country/pop singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood played Maria, the earnest neophyte nun in pre-WWII Austria who is sent to be the nanny for widower Captain Von Trapp's seven children.  Of course, she eventually wins over the hearts of the resentful children as well as their father and changes their lives forever. The presentation of the classic songs (My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and the title song) drew raves, but Underwood received some harsh criticism for her performance. In all fairness, Underwood has not done much acting, having only appeared in Soul Surfer and a few TV shows, so she is obviously no Julie Andrews, who played the role in the 1965 Best Picture winner and immediately became known as the quintessential Maria. People have to remember that when Andrews did the role she had already done hundreds of stage performances of My Fair Lady, Camelot and other shows as well as other great films like Mary Poppins and The Americanization of Emily, so they should cut Underwood some slack and not judge her by comparing her to a seasoned professional as hard as that may be. Taken on her own terms, Underwood's performance is actually fairly good considering it's her first lead role and a demanding one at that. She has enough talent and charisma to at least pull it off. OK. She's no Julie Andrews, but she's not that bad either. Critics also have to remember that this was also broadcast live on a sound stage and not shot on location with a lavish budget like the original Robert Wise film. The rest of the cast is also fine: True Blood's Stephen Moyer as the Captain, Go On's Laura Benanti as his baroness fiancĂ©e, and particularly Broadway veteran Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess (whose version of Climb Every Mountain is exquisitely beautiful). For those who love the original film and the songs, give this new version a chance and you might be surprised. Recommended! 2013. Unrated. 135 minutes.]

Starbuck [2011] [Patrick Huard stars as a likeable 42 year old screw-up who finally decides to take control of his life in this feel-good comedy. He finds out that his lover is pregnant the same time he discovers he fathered over 500 children -142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit - as a sperm donor! Julie LeBreton and Antoine Betrand co-star. Ken Scott directed this crazy, well-reviewed farce that was recently remade as Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smolders and Chris Pratt. Rated R. 109 minutes. Box Office: less than $1 million.]

Una Noche [Intense USA-UK-Cuban drama in which a young Cuban is accused of assault and considers fulfilling his dream of escaping to Miami if his friend will help him, but his friend is committed to protecting his twin sister, causing him to choose between the two. Lucy Mulloy directed and wrote this acclaimed film. Starring Daniel Arrechaga, Analin De La Torre, and Javier Nunez Florian. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes. Box Office: less than $1 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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