Hollywood proper may no longer be ''the movie capital of the world,'' but it's still a hugely popular tourist attraction and home to landmarks that long ago entered the pop lexicon as a virtual Treasury of Tackiness Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater, the Capitol Records Tower, the Wax Museum, Frederick's of Hollywood, the Walk of Fame, etc.
Thanks to The Official Video Tour of Hollywood, a sprightly video that is part tourist come-on, part cultural gazetteer, viewers everywhere can now hopscotch among the Tinseltown totems and hear them lovingly celebrated by native notables some as old as their subjects (Milton Berle, Morey Amsterdam, Vincent Price). Highlights include a history of the hillside Hollywood sign, Diahann Carroll's Walk of Fame star-laying ceremony, and Uncle Miltie's description of buying his first dress at Frederick's.
The 26-minute video comes complete with a booklet of discount coupons for several Hollywood tourist attractions (it is ''official,'' after all) a perfect commercial symbol of that most commercial of American towns. B