Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 07/10/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/1989 01:00AM

>COMEBACK: COCOON: THE RETURN

It's nowhere near as fresh or charming as the Ron Howard-directed original about some old folks given new life by friendly aliens from outer space. But while Howard didn't participate—Daniel Petrie directed—his cast returned. And the movie hasn't been made that's so bad Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy couldn't breathe a few affecting, human moments into it. (CBS/Fox)

NOT SO ELEMENTARY AFTER ALL: WITHOUT A CLUE

The concept—Dr. Watson as the clever investigator, Sherlock Holmes as the shallow front man—is more promising than its execution, despite the presence of Ben Kingsley as Watson and Michael Caine as the shamefully degenerate Holmes. (Orion)

LOST IN TRANSLATION: TORCH SONG TRILOGY Playwright Harvey Fierstein adapted and stars in this diluted movie version of his Broadway hit about a female impersonator trying to find the man of his dreams. Written before AIDS consciousness struck, the play had to be reworked and Fierstein went for laughs at the expense of impact. (RCA/Columbia)

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