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“Wise Blood.” MCA. $59.95. Considering the product Hollywood has been turning out recently, John Huston’s 1979 adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s first novella seems a minor miracle. Without commercial consideration, Huston translated the comic-tragic drama, centered on the gripping power of Bible Belt fundamentalism, into a screen version that fully captures O’Connor’s complex vision and style. Leading the cast are Brad Dourif as the haunted Hazel Motes, seeking to escape the bondage of Calvinist guilt, and Harry Dean Stanton as the stalking preacher.