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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, May 12, 2014

New Releases - May 13, 2014

3D Blu-rays:

I, Frankenstein 3D [Stylish reboot of the classic horror series starring Aaron Eckhart as Adam, the Frankenstein monster, who awakens centuries later and finds himself caught in a war between two immortal clans. The interesting co-stars include Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (24, Chuck), Miranda Otto, Jai Courteney, Socratis Otto, and Kevin Grevoux. Stuart Beattie (The Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) directed. Chances are if you liked the Underworld series, you will probably enjoy this dark, noirish thriller since it is from the same producers. 2014. Rated PG-13. 92 minutes. Box Office: $20 million.]

Stalingrad 3D [2013] [Epic Russian version of the famous and pivotal WWII battle in which Russian soldiers try to hold a strategic building in Stalingrad with the help of two women while a ruthless German army invades. Starring Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, and Pyotr Fyodorov. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of director Sergey Bondarchuk of War and Peace fame, this action drama became one of the highest grossing films in Russia. 131 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Blu-rays:

Her [One of the best films of 2013, this superb romantic comedy stars Joaquin Phoenix as a ahy and lonely man who starts falling in love with the female cyber voice on his phone, bringing out his hidden and romantic side, but can he be satisfied?  And does it change his human relationships for the better or the worse? Phoenix gives a great performance that was surprisingly not nominated for an Oscar although the film won Best Original Screenplay (by director Spike Jonze) and was nominated for 4 others including Best Picture. Scarlett Johnasson also gives a terrific performance as the voice, and the excellent cast features Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Cult director and music video wunderkind Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.) created one of his best films with this moving dramedy. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 126 minutes. Box Office: $26 million.]

I, Frankenstein [Stylish reboot of the classic horror series starring Aaron Eckhart as Adam, the Frankenstein monster, who awakens centuries later and finds himself caught in a war between two immortal clans. The interesting co-stars include Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (24, Chuck), Miranda Otto, Jai Courteney, Socratis Otto, and Kevin Grevoux. Stuart Beattie (The Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) directed. Chances are if you liked the Underworld series, you will probably enjoy this dark, noirish thriller since it is from the same producers. 2014. Rated PG-13. 92 minutes. Box Office: $20 million.]

Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 [Taylor Schilling (Argo, Atlas Shrugged) headlines this excellent, award-winning, and critically acclaimed Netflix dramedy series loosely based on a true story about a young lesbian woman doing time for a small role in a drug ring and having to adjust to the sex and violence in the oddball world of women's prison. In addition to Schilling's star-making performance, there is fine work by Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, and Natasha Lyonne. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]  

Stalingrad [2013] [Epic Russian version of the famous and pivotal WWII battle in which Russian soldiers try to hold a strategic building in Stalingrad with the help of two women while a ruthless German army invades. Starring Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, and Pyotr Fyodorov. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of director Sergey Bondarchuk of War and Peace fame, this action drama became one of the highest grossing films in Russia. 131 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

DVDs:

Barefoot [In this likable romantic comedy, Scott Speedman plays the single black sheep of the family who decides to take eccentric Evan Rachel Wood, a young psychiatric patient who has been raised in isolation, to his brother's wedding, where an unlikely romance develops. Treat Williams, Kate Burton and JK Simmons co-star. Directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick). 2014. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Deadly Code [John Malkovich channels his dark side again in this Italian drama as a Siberian crime leader who is banished to a small town where he schools his grandson in the honest criminal code. Also starring Arnas Fedarvicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Vilius Tumalavicius, and Jonas Trukanas. Directed by Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo). 2013. Rated R. 110 minutes.]

Her [One of the best films of 2013, this superb romantic comedy stars Joaquin Phoenix as a ahy and lonely man who starts falling in love with the female cyber voice on his phone, bringing out his hidden and romantic side, but can he be satisfied?  And does it change his human relationships for the better or the worse? Phoenix gives a great performance that was surprisingly not nominated for an Oscar although the film won Best Original Screenplay (by director Spike Jonze) and was nominated for 4 others including Best Picture. Scarlett Johnasson also gives a terrific performance as the voice, and the excellent cast features Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Cult director and music video wunderkind Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.) created one of his best films with this moving dramedy. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 126 minutes. Box Office: $26 million.]

I, Frankenstein [Stylish reboot of the classic horror series starring Aaron Eckhart as Adam, the Frankenstein monster, who awakens centuries later and finds himself caught in a war between two immortal clans. The interesting co-stars include Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (24, Chuck), Miranda Otto, Jai Courteney, Socratis Otto, and Kevin Grevoux. Stuart Beattie (The Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) directed. Chances are if you liked the Underworld series, you will probably enjoy this dark, noirish thriller since it is from the same producers. 2014. Rated PG-13. 92 minutes. Box Office: $20 million.]

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? [Michael Gondry, the other music video wunderkind turned cult director who did Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Green Hornet, directed this quirky and critically hailed animated documentary featuring his interview with famous linguist-philosopher-activist Noam Chomsky. 2013. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Longmire: Season 1 [Australian actor Robert Taylor is excellent as the title character in this compelling modern west crime series from A & E. Longmire is a recently widowed, tough and charismatic Wyoming sheriff who solves murder cases while running for re-election and getting used to working with a new female deputy and his oldest friend. The series makes great use of the wide open locations and co-stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, and Cassidy Freeman. 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]  

Office, The: Season 9 [The Final Season] [The hilarious sitcom about a loopy group of office supply wholesalers comes to a satisfying end with this very funny ninth season in which a lot of loose ends are tied up and former lead Steve Carell returns for the hysterical finale. Regulars Ed Helms, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Craig Robinson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, and Creed Bratton return along with a few surprises. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 5 separate rentals.]

Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 [Taylor Schilling (Argo, Atlas Shrugged) headlines this excellent, award-winning, and critically acclaimed Netflix dramedy series loosely based on a true story about a young lesbian woman doing time for a small role in a drug ring and having to adjust to the sex and violence in the oddball world of women's prison. In addition to Schilling's star-making performance, there is fine work by Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, and Natasha Lyonne. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Stalingrad [2013] [Epic Russian version of the famous and pivotal WWII battle in which Russian soldiers try to hold a strategic building in Stalingrad with the help of two women while a ruthless German army invades. Starring Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, and Pyotr Fyodorov. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of director Sergey Bondarchuk of War and Peace fame, this action drama became one of the highest grossing films in Russia. 131 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

That Awkward Moment [Funny farce about three best friends who arrive at that awkward moment where they wonder where is this relationship going?  The bright cast includes Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas, and Lola Glaudini. Tom Gormican (Movie 43, Save the Date) directed this surprise hit. 2014. Rated R. 94 minues. Box Office: $27 million.]

Theatreland [Fascinating behind the scenes look at how two hit plays (Waiting for Godot and Breakfast at Tiffany's) were prepared for the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. The great actors include Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Simon Callow, Ronald Pickup, Joseph Cross, and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies). This miniseries documentary will definitely be of interest to theater lovers and fans of McKellan and Stewart, who recently performed at the Berkeley Rep. Highly Recommended! 2014. Unrated. 201 minutes.]

New Arrivals:

Home of the Brave [1949] [After years of only being available in a truly awful public domain video, this excellent and ground-breaking WWII classic is finally being released with a fine officially remastered print by Olive Films. James Edwards gives a powerful performance as a black soldier dealing with racism, over-patronizing friends, and a mental breakdown while on a dangerous mission with four white soldiers. Also starring Lloyd Bridges, Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Corey, Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, and Cliff Clark.  Directed by Mark Robson (Von Ryan's Express, The Bridges of Toko-Ri, Peyton Place) and produced by Stanley Kramer (Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind). Highly recommended! Black & White. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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