The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas on April 24, 1994 · 161
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The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas · 161

Odessa, Texas
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Sunday, April 24, 1994
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PREVIEW MOVIES 69 Video pick Odessa American, April 24 30, 1 994 By Frank Bruni Knight-Ridder News Service RAMBLING ROSE, 1991 This quirky Southern charmer has one of the most disarming, unusual sex scenes in recent memory. Now that I have your attention, let me cite two other, equally compelling reasons to rent this movie: Laura Dern's gorgeous lead performance and Diane Ladd's poignant and hilarious supporting turn. Both were nominated for Academy Awards, setting an Oscar precedent bound to become the answer to a future trivia question. They were the first mother-daughter team to win nominations for Video game the same film in the same year. Despite that fact and very favorable critical reviews, "Rambling Rose" enjoyed the briefest of lives in theatrical release, which isn't really surprising. It's the kind of character-driven film to which audiences seldom flock in huge numbers. . That's too bad, because "Rambling Rose" tells an exceedingly original story, using a young woman's promiscuity to examine double standards and sexism in society. It ends up making a fierce feminist statement but doing so in a clever, unusual fashion. To recommend a video to Frank Bruni, call 1 313-441-1034 anytime; press option 9 when prompted and leave your message. By Roy Bassave Knight-Ridder News Service JURASSIC PARK Formats: Sega CD and Super Nintendo. Price, manufacturer: $69.99, Sega, Ocean. Recommended ages: 10 and up. How the game works: Both game versions are based on the hit film "Jurassic Park" with the basic outcome the same: Survive the dinosaurs' rage and collect eggs and get off the Isla Nubian But it won't be easy. In the Sega CD version you start your quest after your helicopter encounters a powerful tropical storm and crashes outside the gates of the park. You then learn from the Visitor's Center computers that you must get at least one egg from each dinosaur species, find as many weapons as possible, and learn how they work. Weapons are nonlethal and are designed to stun, not kill. In the Super Nintendo version: You start at the front of the gates of the park and have six objectives to achieve before you can escape. Activate the motion sensors, secure the Visitor's Center, stop escaping Raptors, destroy Raptor nests, radio for help and reach the Helipad. Unlike the Sega CD version, your weapons are lethal, you're dealing with creatures that want you for dinner and you must obtain a cattle prod, shotgun, missile launcher, tranquilizer gun, gas grenade launcher and a bola. Good points, bad points: Both versions give a 360-degree in-your-face, eyeball-to-eyeball full motion 3-D adventure that features superb graphics and sound quality. SNES features an overhead view when you roam the park grounds. Sega CD features full-motion video using Cinepak, but loses a step ' on SNES because of its lack of access' speed; this means you must wait for a new screen, which can be very annoying. Violence: No blood but dinosaurs do attack and these games will scare you no matter what age you are. - Tip: Read both instruction manuals; they're your survival guide. Without them you're T-Rex food. The Verdict: Ocean's SNES version takes a bite out of the competition! . . (ID VIDEOS Knight-Ridder News Service ADVENTURES OF A GNOME NAMED GNORM (1994) (Polygram) $94.99. 86 minutes. Anthony Michael Hall. A Los Angeles detective's new partner is a bark-wearing gnome. PC EXOSQUAD (1993) (MCAUniversal) $12.98 each. 46 minutes each. Three more tapes featuring ' animated episodes from the action series about a group of daring resistance fighters. MOUSE SOUP (1994) (Golden Book) $12.95 each. 30 minutes. Animated tale of a lazy little mouse who is snatched by a weasel determined to make him into mouse soup. RUGRATS (1994) (Sony Wonder) $12.98 each. 40 minutes each. More animated adventures of the toddlers from from the series on the Nickelodeon cable TV channel. Individual titles: "Chuckie the Brave" and "Angelica the Divine." " THERE GOES A BULLDOZER (1994) (Kid Vision) $10.95. 35 minutes. Scenes of road construction; aimed at children ages 3-8. , ' ' THERE GOES A FIRE TRUCK (1994) (Kid Vision) $10.95. 35 minutes. Scenes of firefighters in action; aimed at children ages 3-8.

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