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Prince's Tour Video Expected To Be A Hot Ticket

July 19, 1985|DENNIS HUNT | Times Staff Writer

There's a big MusicVision release at the end of the month that includes "Rick Springfield--The Beat of the Drum," "Rush--Through the Camera Eye," "Scorpions--World Wide Live" and "Go-Go's--Wild at the Greek," recorded last August at the Greek Theater. All are $29.95.

Sade, the sultry English-Nigerian singer who may be the best new pop music artist of the year, debuts in the home video market in two weeks with "Sade: Diamond Life Video" (CBS-Fox, $14.98).

In late August, Warner Music Video will release the Al Jarreau concert video that's been shown on HBO. In late September, "Loverboy," a one-hour concert video recorded in Vancouver starring the rock group Loverboy, will be out on Vestron for $29.95.

SNIPPETS: According to a marketing report released by Merrill Lynch, 28% of U. S. homes will have a VCR by the end of the year, based on a 38% sales increase. Nearly 40% of homes will have one by next year. The report predicts a peak of 75% of U.S. homes with VCRs.

Learning a foreign language by audiocassette is common. But there's also a market for instructional foreign-language videocassettes. So far that market has been barely tapped. USA Home Video will be testing it with "Survival Spanish," to sell at $29.95.

"Honeymooners" addicts, who are nearly as fanatical as the Trekkies--will appreciate this. Maljack Productions Inc. has the home-video rights to those 75 lost episodes of "The Honeymooners" originally telecast on "The Jackie Gleason Show" between 1952 and 1955. In September, MPI will release two one-hour cassettes, at $29.95 each, of "Honeymooners" skits. The episodes vary from 10 minutes to half an hour. For the uninitiated, the "Honeymooners" are Ralph and Alice Kramden, played by Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows. Art Carney portrays sanitation engineer Ed Norton.

CHARTS: "We Are the World: The Video Event" still heads the Billboard magazine sales chart, but according to all reports it should peak in the next week or two.

In the rental market, "The Flamingo Kid" is off to a great start, climbing to No. 6 on the Billboard rental chart in just two weeks. Another newcomer, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (No. 9), isn't far behind.

"A Soldier's Story," released last week, is doing very good business, particularly as a rental. It should debut high on the charts next week.



1. "The Karate Kid" (RCA/Columbia).

2. "Starman" (RCA/Columbia).

3. "The Terminator" (Thorn/EMI).

4. "2010: The Year We Make Contact" (MGM/UA).

5. "Places in the Heart" (CBS-Fox).

6. "The Flamingo Kid" (Vestron).

7. "Missing in Action" (MGM/UA).

8. "Protocol" (Warner).

9. "Nightmare on Elm Street" (Media).

10. "Micki & Maude" (RCA/Columbia).


1. "We Are the World: The Video Event" (MusicVision).

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

3. "Wrestlemania" (Coliseum).

4. "Prime Time" (Karl).

5. "Wham! The Video" (CBS-Fox).

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

7. "The Karate Kid" (RCA/Columbia).

8. "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (Paramount).

9. "Life With Mickey" (Disney).

10. "Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition" (RCA/Columbia).

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