Notable videos for the week of April 13 -- Short reviews on recently released titles

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Notable videos for the week of April 13

The Bible (1966, CBS/Fox, $29.98) The Beginning, Hollywood style: Richard Harris, Ava Gardner, Peter O’Toole, and George C. Scott star in John Huston’s classic.

The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989, Paramount, no retail price) When a newlywed heiress (Sara Ward) returns to her childhood home, evil spirits — or greedy relatives — prey on her sanity.

Keys of the Kingdom (1944, CBS/Fox, $29.98) Gregory Peck is a Scottish missionary in war-torn China.

Madame Sousatzka (1989, MCA, $19.95) An aging eccentric living in London gives a British Indian wunderkind lessons in piano and in life. Shirley MacLaine overacts; young costar Navin Chowdhry gets it right. D+

A Man Called Peter (1955, CBS/Fox, $29.98) A Scottish minister (Richard Todd) becomes U.S. Senate chaplain and captivates Capitol Hill.

The Nun’s Story (1959, Warner, $19.98) A young sister (Audrey Hepburn) tries to reconcile her independent spirit with the doctrines of the Church. Peter Finch, Peggy Ashcroft, and Edith Evans complete the cast.

The Robe (1953, CBS/Fox, $29.98) After winning the cloth Jesus was crucified in, a Roman official (Richard Burton) becomes a believer.

Tropical Snow (1989, Paramount, no retail price) Madeleine Stowe (Revenge) is a desperate woman trying to flee Colombia only to get caught up in the drug wars.

Trust Me (1989, MCEG/Virgin, $79.95) An art dealer (British rocker Adam Ant) is convinced that a young painter (David Packer) is worth more dead than alive.

Action Family (1987, HBO, $59.99) David Letterman regular Chris Elliott successfully combines a gritty detective show with a laugh track-heavy family sitcom for this spoof of ’70s TV. A

Barry Manilow: Live on Broadway (1990, 6 West, $19.98) This 90-minute concert includes includes o Hits Medley” of Barry’s greatest.

FDR, a One-Man Show (1987, HBO, $59.99) A second entry from Chris Elliott. This time he parodies the one-man-show genre. The problem is, the stuff he’s making fun of is a lot more entertaining than he is. D

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