Video: This week's releases

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The Singing Detective (15, two tapes). A quintessential Dennis Potter brew: fantasy and reality, Hollywood pulp and 1940s songs, and acute insights into the bitter psychology of disease. Michael Gambon is the failed writer stricken, like his creator, with psoriasis. It was one of Potter's dying wishes that the series should come out on video.

Malice (15). Silly-but-fun thriller in which Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman play a dream couple whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of his old mate, Alec Baldwin, a doctor. Baldwin hams deliriously - just the right note for this hokum. It's hard to take the medical ethics seriously: with so many red herrings about, everything smells fishy.

The Ballad of Little Jo (15). Suzy Amis is outstanding as the woman who poses as a man to survive in the West.


A Bronx Tale (18). De Niro's directorial debut, a gentle gangster story.

Citizen Kane (U). Welles's legendary study of American legend-making - with a mediocre documentary tacked on.

The Age of Innocence (U). Scorsese's gorgeous take on Wharton's tale of suffocation.

The Remains of the Day (U). Hopkins's superb portrayal of a butler's stifled soul.

Fortunes of War (15). Ken and Emma in a classic serial.