‘Lethal,’ ‘Instinct’ nab Homer Awards

“Lethal Weapon 3” was honored as the favorite action/adventure video and “Basic Instinct: Original Uncut Director’s Version” was the favorite in the adult category in Wednesday’s closing-night Homer Awards ceremonies at the 12th annual Video Software Dealers Assn. convention.

During ceremonies hosted by film writer Leonard Maltin, the association also presented fitness guru Jane Fonda with the Visionary Award and gave Charlton Heston the group’s Presidential Award for his lifetime achievements.

Videos are voted on by retail members of the VSDA. While no hard sales criteria is used to determine winners, the members voted for videos their customers asked for most or which appeared to be among their stores’ best movers.

Other videos receiving awards included “Beauty and the Beast” as favorite children’s video and “Casablanca: 50th Anniversary Edition” as classic reissue.

Richard Simmons’ “Sweating to the Oldies” picked up the health-and-fitness honors, while “Fried Green Tomatoes” scored the drama trophy. “Billy Ray Cyrus Live” and “Three Tenors: Encore” picked up Homers for music and performing arts, respectively.

Retailer of the year awards were also presented, with Palmer Video chain eclipsing mega-chain Blockbuster Entertainment for the honor in the larger retailer category. Smaller chain (6-20 stores) retailer awards went to Title Wave Stores Inc. and Video Station (1-5 stores) for their accomplishments as selected by suppliers.

The awards were presented by Louis Feola, president of MCA/Universal Home Video.

The VSDA unveiled its slate of officers for 1994, with Dawn Weiner named president, replacing the outgoing Brad Burnside. Gary Ross was tapped VP, and Tom Warren was selected as treasurer. The group announced its 1994 confab will be held July 24-27, again in Vegas.

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