Video: Shopping For Hollywood's Hits

Why do some movies on cassette cost $90 when others cost $30?

He enchanted movie audiences back in 1982 and earned $700 million at the box office, an all-time Hollywood record. Now E.T. is finally getting set to materialize in video stores. But a mystery surrounds the cuddly alien's long- awaited debut on videocassette, scheduled for this fall. Will E.T. be priced in the stratosphere or at a more down-to-earth level?

As frequent visitors to the local video outlet know, there is scant middle ground these days. Most recent Hollywood releases, such as Dirty Dancing and RoboCop, are hitting the stores with a stiff suggested list price of nearly $90 -- or even...

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