Notable videos for the week of June 22, 1990 -- Short reviews on recently released titles

Notable videos for the week of June 22, 1990

The Americanization of Emily (1964, MGM/UA, $19.95)
An eccentric romance between a British war widow (Julie Andrews) and a self-confessed American coward (James Garner) during WW II. Written by Paddy Chayefsky (Network). A-

The Amityville Curse (1990, Vidmark, $89.95, R)
Five very dense people move into the oft-haunted piece of surreal estate. Corny nonsense that has nothing to do with the previous four installments and is unforgivably slow to boot. D

Back to Back (1990, MGM/ UA, $79.95, R)
Bill Paxton stars as an L.A. lawyer who returns to his Arizona hometown to help clear his late father’s name. The film offers chases, fights, and Prince’s Purple Rain consort, Apollonia, proving that executive producer Roger Corman still can crank them out in style. C+

The Dark Side of the Moon (1989, Vidmark, $89.95, R)
What do you get when you mix Alien, The Hidden, and The Exorcist and throw in the Bermuda triangle? A draggy sci-fi stew without an idea to call its own. D

Ice Skating Showcase (1988, V.I.E.W., $19.95, 1-800-843-9843)
Highlights from the last 10 years of World Professional Figure Skating Championships, featuring Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton. C-

Mack the Knife (1990, RCA/ Columbia, $89.95, PG-13)
The Threepenny Opera — the left-wing musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill — as done by Menahem Golan (The Forbidden Dance). With Raul Julia, Roger Daltrey, and Julie Walters. D

The Wizard (1989, MCA, no retail price, PG)
Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) hits the road with a vidvidgame wunderkind. Essentially a long commercial for Nintendo. C-

Dark Passage (1947, MGM/ UA, $19.95)
An innocent prisoner (Humphrey Bogart) escapes from jail, alters his looks through plastic surgery, and goes after the real killer. Lauren Bacall costars. B-

Jeremiah Johnson (1972, Warner, $19.98, PG)
Robert Redford communes with nature as a 19th-century mountain man going West. Although Redford’s rugged, wooden quality serves the part well, it’s the magnificent scenery that starr. B

Moby Dick (1956, MGM/ UA, $19.95)
John Huston’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s masterwork stars Gregory Peck as Ahab, the peg-legged sea captain hell-bent on killing the great white whale. Coscripted by Ray Bradbury. B

Smile (1975, MGM/UA, $19..5, PG)
Director Michael Ritchie (The Bad News Bears) turns a sharp, satiric lens behind the scenes at a southern California beauty contest. Bruce Dern plays the head judge, and Melanie Griffith is among the tittering hopefuls. B

Steel Magnolias (RCA/ Columbia, $24.95) See review.