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A selection of new releases for sale or rental TRUE WEST (1983. Directed by Allan Goldstein. Academy Home Entertainment) - Sam Shepard wrote this violent comedy about two brothers, an aspiring writer and a hard-drinking petty crook, whose lives turn to chaos when they move into their mother's suburban house and try to write a screenplay together. The action is by turns hilarious and horrifying, and sometimes both at once. Ditto for the performances of Gary Sinese, who directed the stage production this video is based on, and John Malkovich, who positively sizzles with emotional energy. The language is sometimes as raw as the feelings. - David Sterritt TWO MOON JULY (1985. Directed by Ed Bowes. Pacific Arts Video) - This potpourri of experimental works is presented by the Kitchen, the New York arts center where it was taped. Most of the items are so short and fragmentary that they only hint at the talents of their composers, choreographers, performers, directors, etc. Some, such as an excerpt from Dara Birnbaum's video ``The Damnation of Faust: Evocation,'' also suffer from being squeezed into what's essentially an MTV-influenced pop context. It's still a treat, however, to encounter the brilliant rhythms of Bruce Conner's film ``America Is Waiting'' and the haunting ``ambient music'' of Brian Eno. Other participants include composers Philip Glass and David Byrne, dancers Molissa Fenley and Bill T. Jones, and video artists John Sanborn and Kit Fitzgerald.


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