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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, June 23, 2014

New Releases - June 24, 2014

3D Blu-Ray:

300: Rise of an Empire [In this visceral and exciting sequel to 300, the Greeks and Persians face off against each other in a spectacularly bloody battle at sea. Relative unknown Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad, Animal Kingdom) heads the cast that benefits from beautiful women warriors Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). Haris Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Callan Mulvey, and David Wenham also star. Zack Snyder, director of the original, is one of the co-writers of the script. Directed by Israeli director Noam Murro (Smart People). 2014. Rated R. 102 minutes. Box Office: $107 million.]

Blu-rays:

300: Rise of an Empire [In this visceral and exciting sequel to 300, the Greeks and Persians face off against each other in a spectacularly bloody battle at sea. Relative unknown Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad, Animal Kingdom) heads the cast that benefits from beautiful women warriors Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). Haris Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Callan Mulvey, and David Wenham also star. Zack Snyder, director of the original, is one of the co-writers of the script. Directed by Israeli director Noam Murro (Smart People). 2014. Rated R. 102 minutes. Box Office: $107 million.]

Masters of Sex: Season 1 [This terrific and true Showtime TV drama is based on the ground-breaking sexual research done by Masters & Johnson in the ultra-conservative early 1950's and goes into the compelling details of all the obstacles they faced and the major affect it had on their personal lives. Michael Sheen {Frost/Nixon, the Twilight Series) is superb as the brilliant, obsessed, and unhappily married Dr. William Masters, and Lizzy Caplan (Save the Date) is equally amazing as his intelligent, sexy, and ambitious secretary, who becomes much more as the series progresses. The excellent cast includes Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears, Nicholas D'Agosto, Helene Yorke, Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, Cole Sand, and Julianne Nicholson. One of the best TV shows from the 2013 fall season, this is s moving, funny, and heartbreaking show that is definitely for adults and full of sex, nudity, and more. Highly recommended! Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Winter's Tale [A first-rate cast is the highlight of this beautifully filmed epic time travel romance. Colin Farrell plays a burglar who falls for a lovely heiress who dies in his arms, and when he awakens decades later, he tries to save her when he discovers he can reincarnate. Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Crane, Brian Hutchinson, Kevin Corrigan, Graham Greene, Will Smith and William Hurt also star.  Writer Akiva Godsman (A Beautiful Mind, which also starred Crowe and Connelly, I Am Legend) made his feature directing debut with this love story. 2014. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Box Office: $13 million.] 

DVDs:

300: Rise of an Empire [In this visceral and exciting sequel to 300, the Greeks and Persians face off against each other in a spectacularly bloody battle at sea. Relative unknown Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad, Animal Kingdom) heads the cast that benefits from beautiful women warriors Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). Haris Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Callan Mulvey, and David Wenham also star. Zack Snyder, director of the original, is one of the co-writers of the script. Directed by Israeli director Noam Murro (Smart People). 2014. Rated R. 102 minutes. Box Office: $107 million.]

Blood Ties [A great cast headlines this crime thriller about two brothers on opposite sides of the law who face over organized crimes in Brooklyn in the 1970's. Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Noah Emmerich (from The Americans), Matthias Schoenaerts, and Lili Taylor. This French-US co-production was directed by actor-director Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). 2013. Rated R. 127 minutes.]

Bridge, The [US 2013]: Season 1 [Excellent crime TV noir drama starring Demian Bichir as a Mexican detective and Diane Kruger as a US detective who have to work together to solve a gruesome and audacious murder of a woman whose dismembered body is left exactly on the border of a bridge between the two countries. The thrilling investigation leads them to a huge conspiracy involving revenge, human trafficking, drug running, and the depths of humanity. Bechir is memorable and strong as a family man and a rare clean Mexican cop, and Kruger is great as a skilled investigator who has trouble interacting with people thanks to a rare affliction. The fine supporting cast features Ted Levine, Thomas M. Wright, Matthew Lillard, Annabeth Gish, and Emily Rios. Highly Recommended!  2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me [Delightful, star-studded, and tune-filled documentary tribute to the 87 year old acting-singing legend from Broadway's Company and TV's 30 Rock. Friends Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, John Turturro, Tracy Morgan, and George C. Wolfe chime in. Director Chiemi Karasawa makes her directing debut. 2014. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Enemy [2014] [Fascinating Canadian-Spanish thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who seeks out his exact double when he spots him in a film. Co-starring Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Joshua Pearce, and Tim Post. Directed by Denis Villeneuve of Prisoners and Incendies fame. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Fracknation [Journalist Phelim McAleer co-directed and stars in this topical documentary in which he talks to scientists and Americans whose lives are affected by fracking and tries to discover the pros and cons of the thorny issue. 2014. Rated PG. 77 minutes.]

Jack Taylor: Set 2 [This second season of the sterling British TV series starring Game of Thrones' Iain Glen as the title character, an ex-cop turned PI who is now sober and solving crimes with assistant Killian Scott. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Masters of Sex: Season 1 [This terrific and true Showtime TV drama is based on the ground-breaking sexual research done by Masters & Johnson in the ultra-conservative early 1950's and goes into the compelling details of all the obstacles they faced and the major affect it had on their personal lives. Michael Sheen {Frost/Nixon, the Twilight Series) is superb as the brilliant, obsessed, and unhappily married Dr. William Masters, and Lizzy Caplan (Save the Date) is equally amazing as his intelligent, sexy, and ambitious secretary, who becomes much more as the series progresses. The excellent cast includes Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears, Nicholas D'Agosto, Helene Yorke, Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, Cole Sand, and Julianne Nicholson. One of the best TV shows from the 2013 fall season, this is s moving, funny, and heartbreaking show that is definitely for adults and full of sex, nudity, and more. Highly recommended! Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Redwood Highway [In this well-reviewed drama, Shirley Knight decides to travel 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to see the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years. Tom Skerritt, Catherine E. Coulton, Zena Grey, James Le Gros, and Michelle Lombardo also star. Directed by Gary Lundgren. 2014. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Rob the Mob [In this true crime drama, a Queens couple who specialize in robbing mob owned social clubs get more than they bargained for in one heist that raises the ire of the Mafia and the FBI. Starring Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Frank Whaley, Nina Arianda, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Michael Rispoli, Aida Turturro, and Cathy Moriarty. Raymond De Felitta (City Island, Two Family House) directed. 2014. Rated R. 104 minutes.]

What Richard Did [Jack Reynor plays an over-achieving Dublin athlete and student who does a shocking act that ruins his life and the lives of those around him. Lenny Abrhamson directed this Irish drama. Co-starring Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley, Fionn Walton, and Gavin Dean. 2012. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Winter's Tale [A first-rate cast is the highlight of this beautifully filmed epic time travel romance. Colin Farrell plays a burglar who falls for a lovely heiress who dies in his arms, and when he awakens decades later, he tries to save her when he discovers he can reincarnate. Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Crane, Brian Hutchinson, Kevin Corrigan, Graham Greene, Will Smith and William Hurt also star.  Writer Akiva Godsman (A Beautiful Mind, which also starred Crowe and Connelly, I Am Legend) made his feature directing debut with this love story. 2014. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Box Office: $13 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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