Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>PICK OF THE WEEK: FATAL ATTRACTION Michael Douglas, married to nice Anne Archer, beds psycho Glenn Close and finds himself and the family rabbit in a stew. Even a slew of Oscar nominations can't disguise the fact that much of this thriller, especially the ending, is slasher-movie trash. But try to tear your eyes off the screen. (Paramount) Back in 1971, actor-director Clint Eastwood handled a similar plot in higher style in Play Misty for Me (MCA), with Jessica Walter in the Close role. Few noticed then. So rent the Misty video now and drop Clint a thank you.

WORTH NOTING: BARFLY With Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway playing skid-row boozers you expect heaps of heaaavvvy acting. Instead, they create a brazenly comic and surprisingly touching love story that seems even more intimate in video size. (Warner)

WORTH NOTHING: RENT-A-COP Sorry to pick on a newlywed. But Burt Reynolds is stiff as a stick in this police drama. Liza Minnelli as a hooker overacts to compensate. The fast-forward button helps more. (HBO)

STRONG STUFF: PRICK UP YOUR EARS British playwright Joe Orton was clubbed to death by his male lover in 1967. His murder brought to light a life as darkly funny as his plays (Loot, Entertaining Mr. Sloane). Gary Oldman as Orton and Vanessa Redgrave as his agent are shockingly good. So's the film. (Virgin Vision)

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