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Flurry of new videos set to debut this week

Sept. 17, 1996

By Jim Kendrick

Lariat Staff Writer

The Quest

Director: Jean Claude Van Damme

Available: Today

Yet another Van Damme fightfest, the only thing different is that it's set in the 1920s instead of the present day.

Van Damme is a street criminal who gets kidnapped by gun smugglers, sold by pirates, and then eventually finds himself in the Lost City of Tibet competing in Ghang-gheng, an ancient underworld martial arts competition ala 'Mortal Kombat.' It has little or nothing to do with what went on for the first half of the movie.

Van Damme made his directorial debut with this one, either for an ego trip, or because no one else would take the job. For die-hard martial arts fans only.

Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy

Director: Kelly Markin

Available: Today

The Canadian comedy troupe that made it so big late nights on HBO finally made their inevitable trip to the big screen, and the result is a no holds barred comedy that stretches the bounds of taste and humor.

Instead of being a series of unrelated sketches like their TV show, this one actually has a plot about a mass-marketed drug called Gleemonex and all its various side effects on people.

If you've seen The Kids in the Hall before, you'll know about what to expect from this film. The only really notable aspect of this film is, much like the infamous Mony Python troupe, five male actors play more than two dozen different roles, including women.

The Birdcage

Director: Mike Nichols

Available: Today

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as a pair of aging homosexual men who have to act straight in order to fool William's son's future in-laws, conservative senator Gene Hackman and his wife, played by Dianne Weist.

This American remake misses some of the bite of the original 1978 French farce, 'La Cage aux Folles,' but it still has enough energy to sustain some good laughs.

It's bright and obnoxiously funny at times, especially when the more masculine Williams tries to teach the extremely femine Lane how walk and eat like a man.

Not for all tastes, but worth the time.

Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored

Director: Tim Reid

Available: Today

Television actor-turned-director Tim Reid takes Clifton L. Taulbert's best-seller about the experience of growing up in the racially segregated South from 1946 to 1962, and turns it into a well-crafted film that didn't see as much time on the big screen as it deserved.

Spanning four generations in the small town of Glen Allan, Miss., this ambitious film revolves around the black community, and is nearly flawless in its portrayal of these people's dedication to working together.

A superb film on all counts, including the impressive production values which includes 83 speaking roles.

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