Picks and Pans Review: New This Week on Video

updated 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>TOP MUSICAL MEMORY: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT Cheers for the recent video boom in repackaged, priced-down, old movie musicals. The classic 1964 debut film from the Beatles is a model for crisp picture and sound. And it couldn't have come at a better time. Maybe Albert Goldman's blitzkrieg biography of John Lennon is right. Maybe times were never as fresh and innocent as they seem when the young John, Paul, George and Ringo sing the likes of Can't Buy Me Love, And I Love Her and This Boy. But why argue with 90 minutes of video heaven? (MPI)

WRONG THE FIRST TIME: JAILHOUSE ROCK Dismissed in 1957, this gritty Elvis Presley prison picture with its potent title song gives the lie to the sappy-sweet King on view in the current film fable Heartbreak Hotel. (MGM/UA)

RIGHT THE FIRST TIME: STATE FAIR Even in 1962 critics thought Pat Boone was a bland choice as Ann-Margret's lover boy in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The white-bucked wonder is pure dweeb. (CBS/Fox)

WORTH A SECOND CHANCE: HELLO, DOLLY! Fed up with big musicals in 1969, everybody bitched that Barbra Streisand was all wrong to play Dolly. Watching her again is a revelation; she rarely looked or sang better. (CBS/Fox)

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