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VIDEO CHARTS : Rental Deja Vu

February 18, 1988|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The top 10 places in the Billboard video rental chart are, in some respects, are beginning to look like Old Home Week. The top three finishers last week are on top again this week. Only the inexorable upward rise of the ultraviolent "RoboCop"--up to No. 4 from No. 11 last week--changes the picture. Violent, action-oriented films are as much in demand at home (renting or buying them) as they are in the movie theaters.

* "No Way Out" gained an incalculable box-office break last year when the Iran-Contra affair became public just as this tale of Washington insider intrigue was being released. Apparently, enough people think its virtues are still exemplary, because the film--which stars Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman--debuted on the rental chart at No. 7.

Rental Weeks on Sales Top Ranking Rental Chart Rentals Last Week Chart Ranking 1. Dirty Dancing 1 5 3 (Vestron) 2. Platoon 2 3 7 (HBO) 3. Predator 3 3 12 (CBS-Fox) 4. RoboCop 11 2 9 (Orion) 5. La Bamba 4 3 14 (RCA-Columbia) * No Way Out -- 1 30 (HBO)

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