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Best & Worst / Video Superlatives

Check out the best non-sappy kids’ movie, the least special edition, and the no shows of the year

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Most Popular Tape You Never Rented
— Tommy and Pamela Anderson Lee’s sex-filled home video

Most Independent Independent Film
— Schizopolis, Steven Soderbergh’s ultra-low-budget lark, has no opening titles, and the end titles are subliminal — search frame by frame to read them.

Guess She Said It All
— The video sleeve for David Cronenberg’s creepy Crash trumpeted a four-word blurb from New York Times critic Janet Maslin: ”…sex and car crashes.”

For a Change of Pace, Try Watching Them In Fast-Forward
— The flashing feet of Lord of the Dance and Riverdance

Best Kids’ Movie Without One Cutesy Moment
— Even though the title character is a lovable beagle, Shiloh keeps sentiment at heel.

Best Symbol Of Blockbuster’s Travails
— Paramount sent retailers promotional tapes of The Beautician and the Beast in which a shot of a Blockbuster card was deleted and a line of dialogue changed to refer to ”Rockbottom Video.”

Best Symbol of Corey Haim’s Travails
— Five months before his July bankruptcy filing, the ex-child star appeared in a straight-to-tape comedy called Busted.

Worst Timing
— Five videos — three documentaries and two TV movies — were left high and dry when the release of James Cameron’s Titanic sailed from July to December.

Hell, We Spaced Out and Forgot to Watch…
Leprechaun 4: In Space, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell, and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

Least Special Edition
— Garry Marshall added eight irrelevant minutes to Pretty Woman on laser.

Proof That Laserdisc Is Still Video’s Classiest Format
The Lubitsch Touch, a $190 anthology of Ernst Lubitsch movies not available on tape or DVD

No-Shows of the Year
— The Video Software Dealers Association named Farrah Fawcett its national convention’s ”celebrity chair.” She didn’t show up. It lined up James Woods as a keynote speaker. He canceled.

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