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Notable videos for the week of May 25, 1990 -- Short reviews on recently released titles

Notable videos for the week of May 25, 1990

NEW ON TAPE
Behind Kremlin Walls ($1990, MPI, $19.98)
ABC's PrimeTime Live goes on a tour of the once-sealed seat of Soviet power. Also includes a broad overview of Russian history. B

Coming Home to Friends (1989, Onyx, $29.95)
Gospel concert featuring Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, Howard Hewitt, and Clifton Davis. A portion of the proceeds go to the Minority AIDS Project. (Not viewed)

From Hollywood to Deadwood (1990, Media, $89.98)
Two West Coast detectives — one a hilarious slob, the other a dreamy romantic, played by Jim Haynie and Scott Paulin — chase a mysterious movie queen across the country. The first hour is pungently witty; the second hour descends into sour, sophomoric existentialism. A well-acted misfire. C+

The Last Days of Patton (1986, CBS/Fox, $89.98)
Resurrecting his Patton persona for this TV movie, George C. Scott slides comfortably into the role of the imperious World War II general as his postwar career fades and his life comes to a harsh, ironic end. B

Lionheart (1987, Warner, $79.95, PG)
Disillusioned by feudal warfare, a French knight (Eric Stoltz) goes off to the Crusades, and saves a passel of lost children from a sinister slave trader (Gabriel Byrne). It might have worked as a Disney-style adventure but fails as a sweeping epic. C-

Rendez-Vous (1985, Connoisseur, $79.95)
A carefree young actress in Paris becomes involved in obsessive relationships with three men who change the course of her life. Stars Juliette Binoche (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Jean-Louou Trintignant. Directed by Andre Techine. In French with subtitles. B-

When the Whales Came (1989, CBS/Fox, $89.98, PG)
A creepy hermit (Paul Scofield) befriends two tykes on a remote island on the eve of World War I. The location (Great Britain's beautiful Isles of Scilly) is the best thing about this unfocused melange of coming-of-age drama and fairy tale. C

Worth Winning (1989, CBS/ Fox, $89.98, PG-13)
Mark Harmon is a gorgeous TV weatherman who becomes engaged to three gorgeous women. With Madaleine Stowe, Maria Holvoe, and Lesley Ann Warren. D

REISSUED ON TAPE

Brannigan (1975, MGM/UA, $19.95, PG)
Tracing a suspect to Britain, a tough Chicago cop is forced to work with a stodgy official of Scotland Yard. John Wayne and Richard Attenborough tar. C+

Kiss Me Kate (1953, MGM/ UA, $19.95)
Vivid adaptation of the Broadway musical that was based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Memorable for a sharp score by Cole Porter and a supporting cast that includes Ann Miller and Bob Fosse. B

The Onion Field (1979, Nelson, $14.98, R)
Joseph Wambaugh's account of a 1963 cop killing and its bizarre legal aftermath is fascinating and resolutely un-Hollywood. James Woods' performance as the killer is not to be missed. A-

Patton (1970, CBS/Fox, $19.99, PG)
Here is George C. Scott's defining role, and one of Hollywood's great war movies. tough, noisy, and harrowing. A

Since You Went Away (1944, CBS/Fox, $39.98)
David O. Selznick's loving portrait of the home front must have struck a sensitive chord during World War II, but in retrospect it seems little more than a pretty piece of propaganda. But with Claudette Colbert and Joseph Cotten, it's not all bad. B-

NEW ON LASERDISC

Dad (1989, MCA, $34.98, PG)
A son grows up as his father grows old. Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson star. B-

Originally posted May 25, 1990 Published in issue #15 May 25, 1990 Order article reprints
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