THIS WEEK’S MOVIES
After several weeks of little to pick from, video renters will find a cornucopia of new tapes awaiting them this Labor Day weekend.
Top dog among the new releases--in terms of potential sales, anyway--is “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (MGM/UA, $24.98, G). Despite the sweet title, don’t be surprised if your young ones are turned off by the mean-spiritedness of this 1989 feature-length cartoon from Don Bluth (“The Land Before Time,” “An American Tail”). Still, there’s the bargain price and some nifty animation. But someone must have thought they were making “Cannonball Run III” when they signed up the actors providing the voices--among them Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Loni Anderson and Charles Nelson Reilly.
While this week’s top two “sell-through” tapes--"All Dogs Go to Heaven” and Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan"--may please both kids and their parents, most of this week’s movies are adult fare.
Some are thoughtful and/or amusing:
* “Mountains of the Moon” (IVE, $89.95, R), Bob Rafelson’s impressive and spectacular account (maybe too impressive and spectacular for the small screen) of Richard Burton--the writer, not the actor--and John Henning Speke’s attempt to find the source of the Nile.
* “Lord of the Flies” (Nelson, $89.98, R), the second film version--this one released in theaters earlier this year--of the William Golding novel about how schoolboys behave when left (due to a plane crash) to their own devices on a remote island.
* “Rosalie Goes Shopping” (Vidmark, $89.95, PG), a delightful, offbeat comedy from Percy Adlon (“Bagdad Cafe”) starring Marianne Saegebrecht as the ultimate I-love-to-shop woman.
* “Glory, Glory” (Orion, $59.98), a witty and incisive--if overlong (at 156 minutes) made-for-HBO satire on tele-evangelism, starring Richard Thomas as a naive young preacher, James Whitmore (wonderful) as his cynical advisor, and Ellen Greene as the gal who spices up the ministry with sexy rock ‘n’ roll.
* “Where the Heart Is” (Touchstone, $89.95, R), John Boorman’s comedy/drama about a father (Dabney Coleman) who forces his kids to live in a ghetto building he owns.
* “Stella” (Touchstone, $89.99, PG-13), with a stellar cast--headed by Bette Midler--but not much else going for it, was a misfired attempt to remake “Stella Dallas,” a superior weeper with Barbara Stanwyck.
* “Bad Influence” (RCA/Columbia, $89.95, R), the future trivia answer to the question “What Rob Lowe film came out soon after his videotape scandal?”
* “Madhouse” (Orion, $89.98, PG-13), a loud and silly mess-up of a good idea for a comedy--what happens when a couple is beset by houseguests.
* “Far Out, Man!” (RCA/Columbia, $89.95, R) stars Tommy Chong as a hippie. A not-so-far-out idea, and a not-very-good comedy.
VINTAGE VIDEO: MGM/UA has released 10 mostly worthwhile oldies for $19.98 each. The best of the bunch:
* “Boom Town” (1940). Lusty gem about two oil-riches-seeking pals (Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy). Until it goes awry in the post-boom later reels, one of the better examples of director Jack Conway’s leathery-yet-glossy style.
* “Battleground” (1949). Unlike 1965’s “The Battle of the Bulge” this focuses on an American platoon during the Nazis’ last strong WWII assault. Avoid colorized version.
* “Khartoum” (1966). British vs. Arabs in the Sudan--colorful, spectacular and convincing.