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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Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Releases - May 6, 2014

Blu-rays:

Generation War [Taken from the German point of view, this epic and beautifully made WWII drama follows the paths of five young Germans who take very different paths during the upcoming war as Hitler invades the Soviet Union. The five men and women want to become heroes or legends in the war but soon find out that war is not the romantic and clear cut event they thought it would be. Philipp Kadelbach directed this sweeping German miniseries that takes a more boldly realistic view of WWII and Hitler's ideology. Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schuttler, Miriam Stein, and Ludwig Trepte star. 2013. Unrated. 270 minutes.]

Veronica Mars [2014] [Kristen Bell returns to the title role that made her a star on TV in this highest profile feature film funded by fans via Kickstarter. She, of course, plays the adorably persistent ex-teen private eye who returns to her hometown and has to deal with an ex-boyfriend with lots of baggage and a murder mystery. Starring Jason Dohring, Diane Ruggierio, James Franco, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Enrico Colantoni, Jerry O'Connell, and Gaby Hoffman. Rob Thomas directed this fun mystery comedy hit. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.]

DVDs:

After the Dark [In this sci-fi tinged thriller with a dash of Lord of the Flies thrown in, a teacher at an international school in Jakarta gives his students an interesting assignment: the teens have to pick ten people to shelter underground to pretend to restart the human race after a nuclear war. However, things go awry when the students start turning on each other. James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Bonnie Wright, Rhys Wakefield, and Freddie Stroma star. Directed by John Huddles (Far Harbor). 2013. Rated R. 107 minutes.]

Art of the Steal [Kurt Russell heads a fun cast as a low level motorcycle daredevil/ex-art thief who comes out of retirement to help con artist brother Matt Dillon pull off a dangerous heist. Co-starring Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick (from TV's The Vikings), Chris Diamantopoulos, and Terence Stamp. Jonathan Sobel (A Beginner's Guide to Endings) directed. 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Burn [2013] [Rescue Me's Denis Leary exec produced this acclaimed and stirring documentary about Detroit firefighters who continue to try to save a city that many have given up on and has the highest arson rate of any city in the country. Directed by Tom Putnam and Brenda Sanchez. 2013. Unrated. 86 minutes.]

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film [In this follow-up to Lifetime Channel's excellent film Five, five more actresses try their hand at directing: Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sharon Maguire, Bonnie Hunt and Ashley Judd. As with the first anthology, this collection of 5 short films also features a terrific cast: Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Sarah Hyland, Octavia Spencer, Brittany Snow, Mitch Rouse, Sofia Vassaileva, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Melanie Griffith, Chelsea Handler, and Aimee Teagarden. 2014. Unrated.]

Generation War [Taken from the German point of view, this epic and beautifully made WWII drama follows the paths of five young Germans who take very different paths during the upcoming war as Hitler invades the Soviet Union. The five men and women want to become heroes or legends in the war but soon find out that war is not the romantic and clear cut event they thought it would be. Philipp Kadelbach directed this sweeping German miniseries that takes a more boldly realistic view of WWII and Hitler's ideology. Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schuttler, Miriam Stein, and Ludwig Trepte star. 2013. Unrated. 270 minutes.]

Simon and the Oaks [Two very different Swedish boys (one working class Swede and the other a wealthy Jewish immigrant) bond and come of age as WWII approaches in this Swedish-Danish-German-Norwegian drama. Starring Bill Skarsgard, Helen Sioholm, Jan Josef Liefers, Stefan Godiche, and Cecilia Nilsson. 2011. Unrated. 122 minutes.]

Still Mine [In this moving Canadian drama, James Cromwell gives a heartfelt performance as the husband of an ailing Genevieve Bujold, who is losing her memory. Although he is criticized for doing it, he rushes to build a new house for her before inspectors and naysayers can stop him. Co-starring Campbell Scott, Rick Roberts, Julie Stewart, Jonathan Potts, Barbara Gordon, George R. Robertson, and Zachary Bennett. Directed by Michael McGowan. 2013. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Veronica Mars [2014] [Kristen Bell returns to the title role that made her a star on TV in this highest profile feature film funded by fans via Kickstarter. She, of course, plays the adorably persistent ex-teen private eye who returns to her hometown and has to deal with an ex-boyfriend with lots of baggage and a murder mystery. Starring Jason Dohring, Diane Ruggierio, James Franco, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Enrico Colantoni, Jerry O'Connell, and Gaby Hoffman. Rob Thomas directed this fun mystery comedy hit. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.]

New Arrivals:

Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, The [Riveting documentary about Okuzaki Kenzo, a Japanese WWII veteran from the New Guinea campaign who is obsessed with finding out which military leaders are responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers and why. Director Kazuo Hara took five to film this cathartic and shocking film. 1987. Unrated. 122 minutes.]

Patrick [1978] [This Australian cult horror film is considered one of the best Ozploitation flicks ever. Robert Thompson plays a comatose murderer who uses telekinesis to kill several people around him in bizarre ways so he can have a pretty blonde nurse (Susan Penhaligon) all to himself. The late Richard Franklin (Psycho II, Road Games) directed. Robert Halpmann, Rod Molinar, Brice Barry, Julia Blake, Helen Hemingway, and Maria Mercedes co-star. This film was recently remade as Patrick: Evil Awakens, and we will have that for rental on June 10th. Rated PG. 96 minutes.]   

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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