O the movie on VHS video. Starring Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett. Based on Othello by William Shakespeare. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson. 2001.
From the sealed VHS box cover:
Trust. Seduction. Betrayal.
Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare’s classic, “Othello.” O is Odin James, the school’s basketball player and future NBA hopeful. He has the adoration of all, including the team’s coach and the Dean’s beautiful daughter, Desi. Odin’s troubled friend Hugo, the coach’s son, is deeply resentful of his father’s preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seeds of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity. “O” is a stunning tale that will stay with you long after its final, powerful frame.
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Young Einstein on VHS video. Movie starring Yahoo Serious, Odile Le Clezio, John Howard. Directed by Yahoo Serious. 1988.
Young Einstein tells the hilarious tall tale of a once-upon-a-time guy with a right-now attitude.
His name: Albert Einstein. His hair: jump-started by a cyclotron. His hobby: surfing. His accomplishments: a new way to put the bubbles in beer (also known as the E=mc^2 atomic energy theory) and the one invention that saves the world from being nuked to a crisp: rock ‘n’ roll.
Young Einstein is Yahoo Serious, the Australian star who hits the comedy mark like a deftly thrown boomerang. So if you’re looking for reasons to Seriously laugh, get Young Einstein!
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Chato’s Land on VHS. Movie starring Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, Richard Basehart, Ralph Waite, James Whitmore. Directed by Michael Winner. 1972.
From the VHS box cover:
Chato has been on the wrong side of a sheriff’s posse most of his life. This time, Chato is wrongly accused of murder, and is running for his life! The posse is being led by a crazed sheriff, Jack Palance… and the bloodthirsty posse doesn’t care if Chato is innocent, they want a hanging! Being chased for a crime he didn’t commit, Chato turns into an angry Indian warrior bent on revenge!
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Chino movie on VHS. Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland. With Marcel Bozzuffi, Vincent Van Patten. Directed by John Sturges, Duilio Coletti. 1973.
From the VHS box:
Charles Bronson is the best horse breeder and trainer in the rough, rugged Southwest territory. His reputation for having the finest cowboy horses is legendary. Chino’s only problem is that he is as rough and tough as his horses! His rugged individualism and fighting has made him enemies with the town’s Sheriff and neighboring landowners. Befriended only by the Indians and a young boy, Chino continues his struggles to keep hold of the land and the horses he loves.
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Sweet Dreams on VHS. Movie starring Jessica Lange, Ed Harris. With Ann Wedgeworth, P.J. Soles, John Goodman, Gary Basaraba, James Staley, David Clennon. Directed by Karel Reisz. 1985.
From the VHS box cover:
Millions of fans around the world remember Patsy Cline as the gifted, passionate, and fun-loving Queen of the Nashville sound.
“Sweet Dreams” is the true story of the legendary Patsy Clone, charting the most dramatic years of her efforts to become a top country singer. The film also tells the story of Patsy’s passionate and turbulent marriage to Charlie Dick, a daring man who gave her a love full of laughter, tears, excitement and joy.
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Casual Sex? on VHS video. Starring Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson. With Stephen Shellen, Jerry Levine, Mary Gross, Andrew Dice Clay. Directed by Geneviève Robert. 1988.
From the VHS cover:
Stacy and Melissa are about to discover a new four-letter word for sex in the ’80s… Help!
Who says sex in the ’80s isn’t a laughing matter? Certainly not the ready-for-anything Stacy or her somewhat repressed friend Melissa. They’re two very contemporary women reluctantly confronting today’s changing social and sexual attitudes.
Determined to develop a meaningful relationship with a man not afraid to make a commitment, Stacy and Melissa take a vacation at a plush health resort where they hope romance will bloom.
Unfortunately, they are continually confronted by men who wilt at the thought of anything other than casual sex.
With songs by Buster Poindexter, Dan Hartman and Gladys Knight, the all-too-true comedy may not offer any solutions to the problems of being single in the ’80s, but it does offer a lighter look at what happens in the dark.
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Summer City on VHS video. Starring John Jarratt, Phillip Avalon, Steve Bisley, Mel Gibson. Directed by Christopher Fraser. 1977.
From the VHS box cover:
Mel Gibson in his movie debut
Mel Gibson in his film debut stars in this Australian teen rebel film. Four wild friends go on a surfing weekend at a sleepy little seaside community only to find trouble when one of them gets involved with a local’s daughter. Fun-and-sun surfing film complete with romance, hot rods, and murder.
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