Notable videos for the week of June 29, 1990 -- Short reviews on recently released titles

Notable videos for the week of June 29, 1990

Lauderdale (1988, Paramount, no retail price, R)
The teen-jiggle genre went under about three years ago, so this brain-dead spring-break comedy is a little late. It’s also more than a little hateful. Despite the party-hearty tone, lines like ”If women didn’t screw, there’d be a bounty on ’em” give the real message. F

Magdalene (1988, Paramount, no retail price, R)
Nastassja Kinski is luminous as an 18th-century tavern wench in love with the ! rebel priest who composed ”Silent Night,, but the ludicrous dialogue sounds as if it has been badly translated from another language. D

Only One Night (1939, Crocus, $56.95)
Aristocrat Ingrid Bergman is smitten by a carnival player. Though the prince-and-pauper plot is hackneyed, Bergman’s headstrong character was way before her time- and it’s fun to see Ingrid before Hollywood found her. In Swedish, with subtitles. B+

Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990, Turner, $79.98)
Mystery writer Fleming had an Oedipal complex and a career in the British diplomatic corps, but as dramatic heroes go, he’s no James Bond. Made-for-cable movie starring Jason Connery, son of Sean. C

Strike It Rich (1990, HBO, $89.99, PG) Rent Rebecca. Rent To Catch a Thief. Heck, rent Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. But if you want charm in the south of France, forget this lengthy Monte Carlo honeymoon of a British accountant (Robert Lindsay) and his much younger bride (Molly Ringwald). C

The 13th Floor (1988, Paramount, no retail price, R)
A corrupt politician sends killers after his own daughter when she swipes some incriminating documents, but she’s protected by a friendly (if violent) ghost. This little B movie from Australia is nothing great, but it has a bit of wit and a likably grumpy female lead in Lisa Hensley. C


That Hamilton Woman (1941, Nelson, $14.98)
A British ambassador’s beautiful wife (Vivien Leigh) falls for a navy commander (Laurence Olivier), causing a society scandal. A Napoleonic drama for true romantics. B+

Mississippi Burning (1988, Orion, $19.98, R)
Two white FBI agents confront Southern racism in 1964. What presents itself as a docudrama about the violent struggle for civil rights turns out to be no more than an action flick where the good guys (well played by Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman) kick butt. C

Porky’s (1982, CBS/Fox, $19.98, R)
If your dream in life is to peek through a hole in a girls’ locker-room wall, here’s your chance. D

Satisfaction (1988, CBS/Fox, $19.98, PG-13)
Family Ties‘ Justine Bateman hits the big screen as a rock & roll rebel. No one here stands out, but band member Julia Roberts went on to better things. C

Without a Clue (1988, Orion, $19.98, PG)
What a premise: Dr. Watson was the real brains behind Sherlock Holmes. Michael Caine has a ball as the drunken actor hired by Watson (Ben Kingsley) to play the role of the famous sleuth. A satisfying farce. B