Billy Crystal's fans can have a Crystal ball at the video store this weekend. Not only does Mr. "You Look Marvelous" star in the 1989 hit romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally . . . ," but he also appears in "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," a 1979 TV drama about four divorced men that has belatedly reached video this week.
Written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner (who last worked with Crystal in "The Princess Bride"), "When Harry Met Sally . . ." (Nelson, $89.98, R) teams Crystal with Meg Ryan in a dryly comic, Woody Allen-influenced examination of friendship vs. romance. Also starring Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby, the film surprised many industry observers by earning more than $80 million at the box office. It should meet with similar success as a cassette.
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Vidmark, $89.95), while not a comedy and "just" an old TV movie, may be a satisfactory rental for Crystal's fans, too--especially those who have been recently divorced. It's overly long at 150 minutes, but a sensitive and intelligent look at how hard the breaking up can be--from four men's perspectives. Crystal co-stars with Robert Conrad, Ted Bessell, Jeff Conaway, Bonnie Franklin, Tony Musante and David Ogden Stiers.