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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Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Releases - May 27, 2014

Blu-Rays:

Endless Love [2014] [Solid remake of the classic melodrama about a rich teen beauty who falls in love with a nice-looking and charismatic regular guy that develops into an even deeper affair when the parents object to their relationship. Gabriella Wilde (the current remake queen who also did the recent Carrie and The Three Musketeers redos) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Four, Magic Mike) are excellent in the lead roles, and veteran supporting cast includes Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, and Dayo Okeriyi. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong, The Greatest). Rated PG-13. 104 minutes. Box Office: $24 million.]

Gambit [2012] [If you are a fan of the delightful 1966 original heist film, be prepared for something almost completely different. In this wacky slapstick version, written by the Coen Brothers, Colin Firth stars as the hapless assistant to horrible millionaire Alan Rickman. To get back at his boss, Firth hatches an elaborate scheme to sell him a fake Monet with the help of rodeo queen Cameron Diaz. Like the Coesn' Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty, chaos and dangerous pratfalls ensue.  Veterans Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman also star. The main attraction will be the first rate cast and the Coen script, but it did only moderate box office when in was released in London in 2012 and was not released anywhere else. For trivia buffs, the movie was originally going to be directed by the Coens and was to star Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston in the roles originally played by Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine. Instead, Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) directed. No matter what you think about this redo, you should definitely rent the original if you are a fan of heist films. Rated PG-13. 89 minutes.]

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons [Wildly enjoyable cult kung fu action comedy about a young Buddhist who has his hands full trying to protect his village from 3 demons while romancing a hot demon hunter and getting inspiration from the Monkey King. Starring Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Huang Bo, Show Lo, Lee Sheung Ching, Chiu Chi Ling, and Chrissie Chau. Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) and Chi-kin Kwok directed. Full of great fight scenes and superb special effects. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.]

DVDs:

Birder's Guide to Everything, A [Cute comedy about a teen birding fan who ducks out on his father's remarriage to go out with friends to find a rare bird. The offbeat cast features Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, James LeGros, Katie Chang, Briana Mann, Daviela Lavender, and Michael Chen. Rob Meyer's feature film directing debut. Rated PG-13. 86 minutes.]

Cheap Thrills [Dark cult comedy about a scheming rich couple who put a struggling family man and his pal through a series of escalating dangerous dares one night at a bar for their amusement. The talented and eclectic cast includes Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, and Elisssa Dowling. The acclaimed directing debut of E.L. Katz. 2013. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Child's Pose [Award-winning Romanian drama about middle-aged architect Luminita Gheorghiu who has to campaign to help free her grown son from manslaughter charges in a fatal car accident that may bring prison time. Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Ilinca Goia, Florin Zamfirescu, and Vlad Ivanov. Directed by Calin Peter Netzer (Medal of Honor, Maria). 2013. Unrated. 112 minutes.]

Endless Love [2014] [Solid remake of the classic melodrama about a rich teen beauty who falls in love with a nice-looking and charismatic regular guy that develops into an even deeper affair when the parents object to their relationship. Gabriella Wilde (the current remake queen who also did the recent Carrie and The Three Musketeers redos) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Four, Magic Mike) are excellent in the lead roles, and veteran supporting cast includes Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, and Dayo Okeriyi. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong, The Greatest). Rated PG-13. 104 minutes. Box Office: $24 million.]

Gambit [2012] [If you are a fan of the delightful 1966 original heist film, be prepared for something almost completely different. In this wacky slapstick version, written by the Coen Brothers, Colin Firth stars as the hapless assistant to horrible millionaire Alan Rickman. To get back at his boss, Firth hatches an elaborate scheme to sell him a fake Monet with the help of rodeo queen Cameron Diaz. Like the Coesn' Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty, chaos and dangerous pratfalls ensue.  Veterans Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman also star. The main attraction will be the first rate cast and the Coen script, but it did only moderate box office when in was released in London in 2012 and was not released anywhere else. For trivia buffs, the movie was originally going to be directed by the Coens and was to star Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston in the roles originally played by Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine. Instead, Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) directed. No matter what you think about this redo, you should definitely rent the original if you are a fan of heist films. Rated PG-13. 89 minutes.]

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons [Wildly enjoyable cult kung fu action comedy about a young Buddhist who has his hands full trying to protect his village from 3 demons while romancing a hot demon hunter and getting inspiration from the Monkey King. Starring Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Huang Bo, Show Lo, Lee Sheung Ching, Chiu Chi Ling, and Chrissie Chau. Full of great fight scenes and superb special effects. Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) and Chi-kin Kwok directed. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.]

Run & Jump [Moving Irish-German drama starring Will Forte as a US doctor who travels to Ireland to study a thirty year old Edward MacLaiam who suffered a stroke that changed his personality and forced his wife and mother to take care of everything. Maxine Peake and Sharon Horgan also star. Feature film directing debut of Steph Green from San Francisco. 2013. Unrated. 113 minutes.]

Suits: Season 3 [Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams return as the handsome leads in this popular USA Network legal series. This season, more power shifts emerge as the firms merge. Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, and Sarah Rafferty also return. 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Trials of Cate McCall, The [Effective courtroom thriller starring Kate Beckinsale as a lawyer who wants to be reinstated to the bar and win back custody of her daughter after battling alcoholism, so she takes on a murder case that unravels a conspiracy involving the police department. The top drawer cast includes James Cromwell, Nick Nolte, Anna Anissimova, Clancy Brown, Kathy Baker, and Mark Pellegrino. 2013. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

New Arrivals:

Endless Love [1981] [Enjoyably over the top ripe melodrama classic starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt as young lovers who refuse to stop seeing each other when their parents forbid it. In addition to the believable performances by the young leads, they are ably supported by Shirley Knight, Don Murray, Richard Kiley, Beatrice Straight, James Spader, and Ian Zierling. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1968's Romeo and Juliet, Brother Sun, Sister Moon), the movie was a hit and spawned a popular Oscar nominated song, the title tune sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Rated R. 116 minutes.]

People vs. Paul Crump, The [William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) initially gained attention for this powerful 1962 TV documentary about the title character, a young black man who was arrested with four others during a failed robbery. He confessed under suspicious circumstances, later recanted and was sentenced to die while the other four did prison time.  Friedkin so believed in his innocence, he made this film that helped commute his sentence. B/W. 60 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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