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The latest in video news the week of October 26, 1990

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Put on a Smiley Face
The Village People are touring. David Cassidy has an album out. Hip New York hot spots are spinning disco every night. Seventies nostalgia has set in, and Bob Karcy, president of V.I.E.W. Video, is capitalizing on it by releasing a ssven-tape series of TV specials that Marcia Brady might find groovy. The new series, Sounds of the 70’s, includes specials from Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, and Kenny Rogers & the First Edition. Rogers’ guest stars are Ike and Tina Turner. Next year’s releases include a Sonny and Cher special and a Raquel Welch musical variety show featuring Bob Hope and John Wayne. ”If you look historically at nostalgia, it runs in a 20-year cycle,” says Karcy. ”In the 1990s stuff from the ’70s seems nostalgic. Two years ago it just looked out of date.”

Waiting for Dr. T
Dr. Seuss fans expecting his 1953 fantasy, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, to make its video debut Nov. 30 will have to sit on their hands and wait. Xenon Entertainment was all set to release it, then found out that RCA/Columbia owns the movie. Now RCA/Columbia plans to release it sometime in 1991.

Killer Workout
Suffering assaults from giant rats and other mutants is ”not all glamour,” says Z-movie queen Linnea Quigley (Sorority Babes in Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama). ”I really have to stay in shape.” In Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout (Cinema), decked out in fishnet stockings and a metallic bra, she gives some haphazard aerobic instructions to a graveyard full of zombies and a crew of nympmp in nighties before she decapitates one of the girls to demonstrate a particularly grisly method of weight loss. Oh, and she takes a shower too. What the tape lacks in smarts, it makes up for in motivation: ”You work those thighs,” she says, ”or I’ll cut ’em off!”

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