Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>SHOT DOWN: BAT 21 Gene Hackman, whose steadying presence lends the shoot-'em-up proceedings dignity if not credibility, plays an American desk officer in Vietnam who is shot down on a trip into the field. Then he has to move into position so Danny Glover can come in a helicopter to rescue him. (Media)

GROUNDED TO START WITH: WAR BIRDS

Top Gun Meets Iron Eagle Meets Plan 9 from Outer Space as a bunch of young American jet jockeys—including not-exactly-household names Jim Eldert and Cully Holland—give what for to some uppity Arabs in a fictitious Middle Eastern country. (Vidmark)

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