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, June 1, 2014

New Releases - June 3, 2014

Blu-rays:

Lone Survivor [Fine performances make this true war story a compelling and moving film as four Navy SEALs go on a dangerous mission in the Afghanistan mountains that turns into an ambush leaving only one survivor. The excellent cast features Mark Wahlberg (in one of his best performances), Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Taylor Kitsch. Actor turned director Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights) directed this hit action drama that was a cut above the normal war film docudrama. 2013. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $126 million.]

Robocop [2014] [Solid remake of the sci-fi action classic about a tough future cop who is nearly killed but brought back to life as a half robot/half man thanks to an evil corporation. Joel Kinnaman (who is so great in TV's The Killing) is excellent in the title role, and he's supported by a memorable list of co-stars: Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Jose Padilha (Bus 174, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within). Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $59 million.]

Son of God [This visually stunning epic version of the New Testament and  the life of Jesus Christ benefited from the return of magnetic star Diego Morgado in the title role that he also played in the hit TV miniseries The Bible. The movie received critical acclaim for director Christopher Spencer, who directed 3 episodes of the miniseries as well, and became one of the biggest religious film hits since Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Gary Oliver, David Rintoul, Paul Knops, and Sebastian Knapp also star. 2014. Rated PG-13. 138 minutes. Box Office: $60 million.]

DVDs:

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction [Critics went wild for this fascinating documentary about character actor Stanton (Repo Man, Alien, Paris, Texas), who proves to be just as quirky in person as the characters he plays. Sophie Huber directed this equally unusual and evocative portrait that contains many clips from his 250 films and interviews with pals and co-workers David Lynch,  Kris Kristofferson, Deborah Harry, Wim Wenders, and Sam Shepard. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 77 minutes.]

Lone Survivor [Fine performances make this true war story a compelling and moving film as four Navy SEALs go on a dangerous mission in the Afghanistan mountains that turns into an ambush leaving only one survivor. The excellent cast features Mark Wahlberg (in one of his best performances), Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Taylor Kitsch. Actor turned director Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights) directed this hit action drama that was a cut above the normal war film docudrama. 2013. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $126 million.]

Mirage Men [Intriguing conspiracy theory documentary uncovering a bizarre government plot in which the US Air Force and intelligence agencies intentionally created UFO myths to mask spy operations! Directed by John Lundberg, Roland Dennings, and Kypros Kypriano. 2014. Unrated. 85 minutes.]

New Tricks: Season 10 [In its 10th season, this popular British cold case TV crime show gets a bit of a welcome shakeup. While the regular cast (Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun  Armstrong, Marc Bolam, and Denis Lawson) solve their last cases as a team, they then welcome a new boss in Tamzin Outhwaite and add a new member (Nicholas Lyndhurst).  2014. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself [Fun documentary about the late, fabled journalist who tried pro football, boxing, baseball, acting and other exciting endeavors to tell his readers what it was like to push the envelope as an athlete or other professionals. Friends Hugh Hefner, Robert Kennedy Jr., James Lipton, and Mel Stuart appear. Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling. 2014. Unrated. 89 minutes.] 

Robocop [2014] [Solid remake of the sci-fi action classic about a tough future cop who is nearly killed but brought back to life as a half robot/half man thanks to an evil corporation. Joel Kinnaman (who is so great in TV's The Killing) is excellent in the title role, and he's supported by a memorable list of co-stars: Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Jose Padilha (Bus 174, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within). Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $59 million.]

Small Time [2014] [Likable comedy starring Christopher Meloni as a used car salesman who teaches his son his tricks, turning him into a first class jerk but also one helluva salesman. Co-starring Bridget Moynahan, Dean Norris, Devon Bostick, Xander Berkeley, Amaury Nolasco, Garcelle Beauvais, Charles Halford, and Ronnie Gene Blevins. The feature film directing debut of Joel Surnow, the writer-producer from TV's 24. 2014. Rated R. 104 minutes.]

Son of God [This visually stunning epic version of the New Testament and  the life of Jesus Christ benefited from the return of magnetic star Diego Morgado in the title role that he also played in the hit TV miniseries The Bible. The movie received critical acclaim for director Christopher Spencer, who directed 3 episodes of the miniseries as well, and became one of the biggest religious film hits since Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Gary Oliver, David Rintoul, Paul Knops, and Sebastian Knapp also star. 2014. Rated PG-13. 138 minutes. Box Office: $60 million.]

Valentine Road [Moving documentary about a 2008 school shooting in which an openly gay boy was killed by another classmate in Oxnard, California. The feature film directing debut of actress Marta Cunningham, a Northern California native. 2013. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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