OUT ON VIDEO
A weekly update of video releases. Dates in paratheses indicate a previous review in the Monitor.
* ENJO - An insecure young man joins a Buddhist monastery and becomes caretaker of a nearby temple, which he destroys after becoming disillusioned by the hypocrisy of those around him. This low-key drama is less compelling than ``The Burmese Harp'' and less adventurous than ``An Actor's Revenge,'' also directed by Kon Ichikawa and released by New Yorker in its ``Japanese Masters'' series. Ichikawa is an expressive wide-screen stylist, though, and Kazuo Miyagawa's black-and-white photography is often striking. Based on a Yukio Mishima story. (Not Rated, New Yorker Video) * LYING LIPS - Foul play lands a nightclub singer in jail on a phony charge, and it takes a handsome police officer to solve the case and save the day. More dramatic than the story is the heroic effort of filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, a pioneer of African-American cinema, to hold the movie together despite obvious limitations of time, money, and other resources. The credits boast of ``an all-star colored cast,'' but there are a few white performers on board, handled with enough irony to show that Micheaux knew exactly what he was doing. First released in 1939. (Not Rated, Timeless Video) * ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL - The men are musicians thrown out of work by the Depression, and the girl is a bright-eyed teenager who cooks up the notion of organizing them into an orchestra. Hollywood used to crank out a few classical-music movies each year to keep culture vultures happy and elevate its image a notch or two. What makes this a superior example is Deanna Durbin's delicious acting, marred only by an occasional fit of over-the-top cuteness, and Leopold Stokowski's good-sport performance as himself. The priceless supporting cast includes Adolphe Menjou as Durbin's dad, Mischa Auer as a flustered flutist, and the great Eugene Pallette as a grumpy businessman who sponsors the show without quite realizing what's going on. Cloying at worst, hilarious at best. Henry Koster directed the Universal production in 1937. (Not Rated, MCA Universal Home Video)