New releases of video cassettes; reviews by New York Times critics.
"The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," 1990. Vidmark. $89.95. Laser disk, $39.95. Closed captioned. Unrated.
Peter Greenaway's elegant, brutal film explores what would happen to love and the social order if the most crass, sadistic people were to gain power. In a milieu of sophisticated taste, the thief, who talks and acts as if he has crawled out of a sewer, dines nightly at a restaurant with his henchmen while his wife disports with a bookish fellow behind the scenes on the premises.
"I Love You to Death," 1990. RCA/Columbia. $91.95. Laser disk, $34.95. Closed captioned. R.
As Joey Boca, a philandering, madly self-absorbed pizza parlor operator, Kevin Kline gives the kind of bravura performance rarely found in today's realistic movies. A cheerful, irrepressible heel, Joey drives his wife (Tracy Ullmann) and his mother-in-law (Joan Plowright) to try to kill him, but proves as indestructible as Rasputin. "Everything Mr. Kline does is both too much and absolutely right . . . both manic and laid back."