The restored "Pinocchio" isn't only available on laserdisc. The 1940 movie, arguably the most charming and technically stunning of all Disney's pre-1960 animated features, has been restored and re-released on video as well ($25)--it was originally on home video in the mid-'80s.
Here are other recent video releases:
"The Player" (Columbia TriStar, no set price). Director Robert Altman's witty, acerbic look at the underbelly of Hollywood deal-making, couched in a murder-mystery, with Tim Robbins as a beleaguered studio executive and Whoopi Goldberg as the cop investigating the murder of a screenwriter. A treat for those who know the inside workings of Hollywood, but even with the blitzkrieg of cameos, it's not that much fun for most of the general audience. Includes fascinating outtakes and an illuminating interview with Altman.
"Under Siege" (Marner, $95). Tommy Lee Jones, playing an intriguing character--a brilliant ex-CIA agent heading a gang that hijacks a battleship filled with nuclear weapons--elevates this above the violent action-adventure norm. The hijackers tangle with a cook (Steven Seagal) who's a former Navy SEAL. Seagal is wooden as usual but the action sequences are marvelously staged.
"Mr. Saturday Night" (New Line, no set price). Written, produced, directed and starring Billy Crystal, this drama about a callous comic--the stereotypical mean, miserable funnyman--is largely a labor because spending time with the character isn't much fun. A so-so, schmaltzy film worth seeing mainly for the performance of best supporting actor nominee David Paymer, playing the comic's tormented brother-manager. An added featurette offers interesting outtakes, including a funny nightclub routine.