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Video : The Current Hits

March 15, 1985|DENNIS HUNT | Times Staff Writer

One of the most ballyhooed videocassettes ever is "Gone With the Wind," which may be the most ballyhooed movie ever. The videocassette is expensive--$89.95--but fans of this 1939 classic are buying it anyway. It debuted on the Billboard magazine sales chart at No. 5.

It's surprising that this wasn't out before Christmas. What an attractive item for gift-buyers. "Gone With the Wind" isn't a sure No. 1. It may have trouble dislodging "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" from the the top spot.

BITS: "Once Upon a Time in America" doesn't look like it'll be a big-seller. In its second week, it slipped three rungs to No. 30. . . . "Red Dawn" (No. 22) is on the rise. . . . "Crimes of Passion," the seamy Kathleen Turner movie, debuted at No. 35.

RENTALS: "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" rules both charts. In its second week, it moved up eight places to No. 1 on the rental chart. . . . After two weeks "Revenge of the Nerds" (No. 12) and "Bachelor Party" (No. 15) are both doing well. . . . "Once Upon a Time in America" (No. 7) is faring much better in the rental market. . . . Debuts: "Crimes of Passion" (No. 22), "Gone With the Wind" (No. 29) and "Mean Streets" (No. 31), the 1973 Robert De Niro movie. Next week "Gone With the Wind" should be in the Top 10.

TOP VIDEOCASSETTES, SALES

1. "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" (Paramount).

2. "Jane Fonda's Workout" (Karl Video).

3. "Purple Rain" (Warner Bros.).

4. "Prime Time" (Karl Video).

5. "Gone With the Wind" (MGM/UA).

6. "Lionel Richie All Night Long" (RCA/Columbia).

7. "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (Paramount).

8. "Tina Turner Private Dancer" (Thorn/EMI).

9. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Paramount).

10. "The Empire Strikes Back" (CBS-Fox).

TOP VIDEOCASSETTES, RENTALS

1. "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" (Paramount).

2. "The Woman in Red" (Vestron).

3. "Red Dawn" (MGM/UA).

4. "All of Me" (Thorn/EMI).

5. "Police Academy" (Ladd/Warner Video).

6. "Tightrope" (Warner Bros.).

7. "Once Upon a Time in America" (Ladd/Warner Video).

8. "The Natural" (RCA/Columbia).

9. "Romancing the Stone" (CBS/Fox).

10. "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" (Vestron).

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