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, March 31, 2014

New Release - April 1, 2014

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!  However, all of the following listings are real, no fooling.

3D Blu-ray:

47 Ronin [Keanu Reeves finally headlines a big movie in this exciting period samurai epic starring as a legendary half-breed slave who is recruited by 47 leaderless samurai to help them win their honor back after an evil warlord kills their master. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directing debut with this action-packed film homage to Japanese samurai classics. Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Ko Shibaskai. 2013. Rated PG-13.  Box Office: $39 million.]

Blu-rays:

47 Ronin [Keanu Reeves finally headlines a big movie in this exciting period samurai epic starring as a legendary half-breed slave who is recruited by 47 leaderless samurai to help them win their honor back after an evil warlord kills their master. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directing debut with this action-packed film homage to Japanese samurai classics. Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Ko Shibaskai. 2013. Rated PG-13.  Box Office: $39 million.]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [Will Ferrell is back as hilarious TV anchor Ron Burgundy. This time he reassembles his news team for an upstart 24 hour cable news network and squares off against a new, slick rival played by James Marsden. The hysterical returning co-stars include Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. If you are in need of a good laugh, you should definitely check out this non-stop laughfest and the first film if you haven't seen it.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The Blu-ray continues three (!) different versions of the film: the theatrical PG-13 rated version, the R rated version, and the Super-sized R rated version with 763 more laughs.  The DVD only has the PG-13 version. Highly Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $130 million.]

Pirate Fairy, The [Advance word on this latest Disney Tinkerbell animated adventure has been very positive, and it features Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as the voice of the lead dust fairy, who finds herself in trouble, leaves Pixie Hollow, and finds herself leading a band of pirates. That sends resourceful Tink on a rescue mission. Mae Whitman does the voice of Tinkerbell while Thor's Tom Hiddleston, Elementary's Lucy Liu, Anjelica Huston, Jane Horrocks, Megan Hilty, and Jesse McCartney also provide voices. Peggy Holmes directed. Rated G. 78 minutes.]

DVDs:

47 Ronin [Keanu Reeves finally headlines a big movie in this exciting period samurai epic starring as a legendary half-breed slave who is recruited by 47 leaderless samurai to help them win their honor back after an evil warlord kills their master. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directing debut with this action-packed film homage to Japanese samurai classics. Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Ko Shibaskai. 2013. Rated PG-13.  Box Office: $39 million.]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [Will Ferrell is back as hilarious TV anchor Ron Burgundy. This time he reassembles his news team for an upstart 24 hour cable news network and squares off against a new, slick rival played by James Marsden. The hysterical returning co-stars include Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. If you are in need of a good laugh, you should definitely check out this non-stop laughfest and the first film if you haven't seen it. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Blu-ray continues three (!) different versions of the film: the theatrical PG-13 rated version, the R rated version, and the Super-sized R rated version with 763 more laughs.  The DVD only has the PG-13 version. Highly Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $130 million.]

Broadchurch: Season 1 [Acclaimed British TV crime thriller starring Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz) and David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame) as detectives who are assigned to investigate the shocking murder of a boy washed up on a beach in Broadchurch. The lurid media frenzy and the nature of the crime threaten to tear the small town apart. Co-starring Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Pauline Quirke, David Bradley, Arthur Darvill, Jonathan Bailey, Carolyn Pickles, Will Mellor and Vicky McClure. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Girl Rising [Richard Robbins (Oscar nominated for Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience) directed this uplifting documentary about 9 women from around the world who have overcome political and personal obstacles (like child slavery, arranged marriages and other injustices) to achieve their dreams. Celebrity voices include Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Grace Moretz, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, and Liam Neeson. 2013. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes.]

Little Chenier: A Cajun Story [Moving indie drama about a young man who lives quietly on the Louisiana bayou with his mentally handicapped brother until one of them is accused on a crime. Johnathan Schaech, Fred Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Chris Mulkey star. Feature film directing debut by actress-writer Bethany Ashton Wolf. 2008. Rated R. 120 minutes.]

Pirate Fairy, The [Advance word on this latest Disney Tinkerbell animated adventure has been very positive, and it features Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as the voice of the lead dust fairy, who finds herself in trouble, leaves Pixie Hollow, and finds herself leading a band of pirates. That sends resourceful Tink on a rescue mission. Mae Whitman does the voice of Tinkerbell while Thor's Tom Hiddleston, Elementary's Lucy Liu, Anjelica Huston, Jane Horrocks, Megan Hilty, and Jesse McCartney also provide voices. Peggy Holmes directed. Rated G. 78 minutes.]

Terraferma [Italian-French co-production set on a tourist island near Sicily about two families whose lives tragically intertwine when an illegal rescue of boat people occurs. Starring Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finnochiaro, Mimmo Citticchio, Giuseppe Fiorello, Timnit T., and Martina Codecasa. 2011. Rated R. 88 minutes.]

New Arrivals:

Viva Zapata! [Marlon Brando gives a brilliant performance as the fiery and passionate Mexican revolutionary Emilio Zapata who became famous leading a revolt against corrupt and cruel dictator president Porfirio Diaz. Elia Kazan reunited with his A Streetcar Named Desire star Brando, and Brando once again was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award. Co-star Anthony Quinn won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The interesting co-star cast features Jean Peters, Joseph Wiseman, Alan Reed, Frank Silvera, and Mildred Dunnock. The superb screenplay was written by famous author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men). Highly Recommended! 1952. Unrated. 113 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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