Good Guys Answer Call to Action: Babes, Cops, Cons Mix It Up, Too; Some Titles Are Changed

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Good Guys Answer Call to Action: Babes, Cops, Cons Mix It Up, Too; Some Titles Are Changed


All's noisy on the action front as a pair of theatrical biggies, both with Hong Kong roots, make their home-vid debuts next month: Martial-arts star Jackie Chan brings his action act to America in the stunt-driven Rumble in the Bronx (actually shot in Vancouver!), via New Line, while warring flyboys John Travolta and Christian Slater trade barbs and bullets in John ("Hard-Boiled") Woo's Broken Arrow (FoxVideo).

Elsewhere in the action arena, original street fighter Sonny Chiba teams with ex-Mrs. Sly Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, to bedevil New Orleans cops Robert Davi and Steven Bauer in Body Count (APix). Mr. Davi returns to battle screen terrorist Alexander Godunov in The Dogfighters, while former footballer Brian ("Stone Cold") Bosworth kicks butt in One Man's Justice (both from Live).

Sam Jones plays an escaped con out for vengeance in Texas Payback (Cabin Fever), "Showgirls' " Elizabeth Berkley goes the clothed route in White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild and Joan Severance dons superheroine gear in Black Scorpion (both New Horizons). And, in a home-video Battle of the "Baywatch" Babes, Nicole Eggert toplines as The Demolitionist (A-Pix), while PolyGram plans an early August launch for Pamela Anderson Lee's big-screen flameout Barb Wire. All of the above will be priced for rental.

NAME GAMES

In the cassette caveat-emptor department, beware the following title changes: New Horizons has switched its period gangster pic Black Rose of Harlem to Machine Gun Blues, the action comedy Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys to Demolition Day, and The Alien Within (aired on cable TV under that title) to Unknown Origin. The 1993 serial-killer thriller Mardi Gras for the Devil (AIP) has been tele-broadcast as Night Trap, while the Michael Dudikoff dud, out on video as Virtual Assassin (Turner), is being shown as Cyberjack.

SELL-THROUGH NEWS

MGM/UA reissues a quartet of Contemporary Classics next month, priced at $14. …

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