Picks and Pans Review: New This Week on Video

updated 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>PICK OF THE CROP: IRONWEED Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep earned Oscar nominations playing down-and-out bums in Depression era Albany. But the public ignored this flawed if deeply felt film version of William Kennedy's Pulitzer prizewinning novel. Here's your chance to catch up. The film plays beautifully on video, gaining in intimacy what it loses in size. If you must have the glamorous Jack and Meryl, you can catch them as squabbling urban marrieds in Heartburn (Paramount). But Ironweed better displays their mastery of the acting craft. (Vestron)

HAND-ME-DOWN FUN: HELLO AGAIN

Shelley Long—so cutesy-poo you could scream—returns from the dead to haunt her husband (Corbin Bernsen), who has dared to remarry. Ripped off from the much funnier Blithe Spirit, My Favorite Wife and Move Over, Darling. (Touchstone)

HAND-ME-DOWN FRIGHT: TEEN WOLF TOO Jason Bateman muffs his chance to howl in the fur and fangs first worn by sister Justine's Family Ties co-star Michael J. Fox in 1985's Teen Wolf. (Paramount)

OFFBEAT THRILLER: POSITIVE I.D. This strong, unheralded film tells the story of a housewife-rape victim (Stephanie Rascoe) who assumes a new identity to take revenge on her soon-to-be paroled attacker. (MCA)

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