Best & Worst / Video Superlatives
Check out the best non-sappy kids' movie, the least special edition, and the no shows of the year
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.
— 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.