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FLICKS FILM & VIDEO FILE : Fast Forward : A look ahead to September video releases shows "The Doors" and "The Five Heartbeats" as coming attractions.

August 29, 1991|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

OK, all you VCR owners, listen up.

Oliver Stone's "The Doors," starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, will head the list of September video releases. Others to look for include "The Hard Way," starring Michael J. Fox and James Woods; "The Rescuers Down Under," an animated Disney film, and "The Five Heartbeats," starring Robert Townsend.

Speaking of videos: The Thousand Oaks Library's video collection is one of the more impressive in town--the only complaint has been that new releases of major films routinely get to the library two to three days later than they get to video stores.

That problem has been resolved. The library, which was ordering videos from distributors monthly, is ordering them weekly. Now, not only are the videos on time but there are more from which to choose.

"We're getting more titles and more copies of some of the more popular titles," the library's Mike Gilman said.

Here are some of the videos expected at the library in September, aside from the aforementioned major releases:

* "The Bride Wore Black" (1968) and "Mississippi Mermaid" (1969), both directed by Francois Truffaut. The first film is a suspense story of a woman who hunts down and kills the five men who accidentally killed her husband on their wedding day. The second is the story of a tobacco grower and his mail-order bride (Catherine Deneuve).

* "The Thorn Birds," the four-part 1983 television miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck. Some of the series, which followed an Australian family over a 42-year period, was filmed at the Big Sky Movie Ranch in Simi Valley.

Recent additions to the library's video collection include:

* "The Narrow Margin," a 1952 movie starring Charles McGraw as a tough policeman assigned to get a gangster's widow to court--and keep her away from hit men--so she can testify. This is the original version of the 1990 film starring Gene Hackman.

* "Killer's Kiss" (1955), director Stanley Kubrick's second film. It's a story of love, revenge and murder.

* "Who's That Knocking at My Door," the 1968 feature film debut of director Martin Scorsese. The film is an autobiographical drama starring Harvey Keitel.

Still speaking of videos, have you checked out some of the newest "New Arrivals" at Salzer's Video Store in Ventura? The store has three edited episodes from the classic "Flash Gordon" series starring Buster Crabbe.

The titles alone are worth the rental price:

"Spaceship to the Unknown" (1936).

"The Deadly Ray From Mars" (1938).

"The Peril From Planet Mongo" (1940).

"The Purple Death From Outer Space" (1940).

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