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, February 17, 2014

New Releases - February 18, 2014

Blu-rays:

Castle in the Sky [aka Laputa] [In this animated classic from Hayao Miyasaki (Spirited Away), a young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. This Blu-ray contains both the original Japanese language version with subtitles and the English dubbed version with the voices ofJames Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and Cloris Leachman. Recommended! 1986. Rated PG. 124 minutes. Box Office: $4 million. 

Howl's Moving Castle [This Hayao Miyazaki animated fantasy epic has a young woman given an old body by a jealous witch, prompting a dashing wizard to protect her in this floating castle while trying to reverse the evil spell. This Blu-ray contains both the original Japanese language version with subtitles and the English dubbed version with the voices of Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Blythe Danner, and Josh Hutcherson. Recommended! 2001. Rated PG. 119 minutes.]

My Neighbor Totoro [In this delightful Hayao Miyazaki animated family classic, two girls move to the country to be close to their sick mother and discover magical forest spirits that take them on amazing adventures. This Blu-ray contains both the original Japanese language version with subtitles and the English dubbed version with the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, and Pat Carroll. Recommended! 1986. Rated G. 86 minutes.]

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [Ground-breaking Hayao Miyazaki animated classic about a pacifist princess warrior who tries to get two warring nations to patch their differences before they destroy their dying planet. This Blu-ray contains both the original Japanese language version with subtitles and the English dubbed version with the voices of Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, and Edward James Olmos. 1984. Rated PG. 117 minutes.]

Whisper of the Heart [Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote this animated family film that was also made by his Studio Ghibli. The fun story follows a young girl who discovers that all of the books she has checked out of the library were also checked out by a boy.  When she meets an annoying boy, she can't help but wonder if it is the same boy. Directed by Yoshifumi Kondo. This Blu-ray contains both the original Japanese language version with subtitles and the English dubbed version with the voices of Brittany Snow and David Gallagher. 1995. Rated G. 111 minutes.]

DVDs:

2 Jacks [Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved, Mr. Nice) directed this second film in a series of films updated from Leo Tolstoy stories (the first was 2008's The Kruetzer Sonata). In this comic outing, Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the TV series Magic City) plays a larger than life film director (not unlike his real-life father John Huston) who goes to goes to Hollywood to raise money for his next film and ends up mostly partying and sleeping with a young beauty. Years later, his son (played by Danny's nephew Jack Huston, American Hustle, Outlander) goes to L.A. for the same reason and falls for the daughter of the woman his father slept with. Is history repeating itself?  The terrific supporting cast features Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset, Jamie Harris, Lydia Hearst, Izabella Miko, Richard Portnow and Billy Zane. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Afternoon Delight [Kathryn Hahn (We're the Millers, TV's Parks & Recreation) stars in this edgy comedy as a bored housewife who goes with husband Josh Radnor to a strip club to spark up their stalled marriage. She meets a young stripper (Juno Temple) there and becomes obsessed with saving her whether she wants it or not and hires her as a live-in nanny, causing chaos. Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair, Michael Warkins, Josh Stamberg and Suzy Nakamura co-star. Directed by Jill Soloway. 2013. Rated R. 95 minutes.]

Game of Thrones: Season 3 [In this third and possibly best season, the warring clans' battles heat up thanks to three maturing dragons. Returning stars include Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Diana Rigg, Michelle Fairley, and Maisie Williams. This is exciting action fantasy is still one of HBO's highest rated series, and this season was nominated for an astounding 16 Emmy Awards! Highly Recommended! 2013. Unrated. Five separate rentals.]

Nurse Jackie: Season 5 [After finishing rehab successfully, Jackie's marriage is ironically falling apart, but she has an accident and meets a NYC policeman who likes her, opening her life up to the prospect of dating. Edie Falco once again delivers a funny and moving lead performance that was nominated for several awards. Peter Facinelli and Adam Ferrara co-star. 2013. Unrated. Two separate rentals.]

On the Job [Filipino suspense thriller about cops who accidentally discover a conspiracy that has inmates being temporarily released from jail to assassinate people. Starring Joey Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, and Gerald Anderson. Erik Matti directed. 2013. Unrated. 121 minutes.]

Reaching for the Moon [Brazilian drama based on the true tragic love story between poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Starring Miranda Otto, Gloria Pires, Tracy Middendorf, and Treat Williams. Bruno Baretto (Dona Flor and her Two Husband, View from the Top) directed. 2013. Unrated. 118 minutes.]  

Sake-Bomb [Cute Asian-American indie comedy in which a sarcastic young Japanese-American man is visited by his cousin from Japan and ends up on a wacky culture clash road trip to San Francisco to find his cousin's ex. Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Chrissie Fit, Samantha Quan, Hiroyuki Watanabe, and Jessika Van star. Directed by Junya Sakino. 2013. Unrated. 83 minutes.]

Zaytoun [In Beirut, 1982, a young Palestinian refugee boy helps an Israeli fighter pilot (played by Stephen Dorff) escape from a Palestinian refugee camp so he can visit his ancestral home in war torn Palestine. Although the boy does not like him at first, they form a bond as they make their way through war-torn Lebanon.  Abdallah El Akai, Ali Suliman, and Alice Taglioni also star in this UK-French-Israeli co-production. Directed by Israeli director Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride). 2012. Unrated. 110 minutes.]

New Arrivals:

Q & A [Director Sidney Lumet (The Verdict, Serpico) directed this tense courtroom thriller starring Timothy Hutton as an idealistic young district attorney who tries to put corrupt cop Nick Nolte away but runs into all sort of unexpected road blocks on his way to justice.  Armand Assante, Patrick O'Neal, Lee Richardson, Charles S. Dutton and Luis Guzman co-star. 1990. Rated R. 132 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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