NBC's 1989 miniseries "Around the World in 80 Days," a 4 1/2-hour, two-cassette full of cameo appearances by an all-star cast, was released last week by Best Film & Video Corp. Based on the Jules Verne classic, the video features Pierce Brosnan as Phileas Fogg, the suave adventurer whose wager sets up a race around the globe. The race brings forth Fogg's many nifty moves in a style somewhat akin to Brosnan's earlier role as TV's "Remington Steele" and as James Bond in the current "GoldenEye." In his global chase, Fogg is ever the gentleman as he saves the life of a princess, survives shipwrecks and inhospitable natives, escapes Chinese stockades and survives an encounter with Jesse James. Exotic sights, lavish sets and costumes and fast-paced action bring as much to the video as a cast that includes Arielle Dombasle, Henry Gibson, John Hillerman, Eric Idle, Jack Klugman, Christopher Lee, Patrick MacNee, Roddy McDowall, Darren McGavin, Robert Morley, Julia Nickson, Stephen Nichols, Lee Remick, Pernell Roberts, James B. Sikking, Jill St. John, Peter Ustinov, Robert Wagner and Simon Ward. The set has a retail price of $59.99. Time-Life recently released "Cigars . . . From Seeds to Smoke," a 43-minute video on the making of cigars ($19.99, 1-800-846-3843). Among the video's fun facts: Cigars in America date back to Christopher Columbus. By 1880, Tampa, Fla., was the U.S. cigar capital. It takes two years of training to become a cigar maker. Each leaf may pass through 60 to 80 pairs of hands on the four-to-six-year journey from seed to smoke. Despite the industry's strong association with the Caribbean, many of the leaves used as a wrappers come from Connecticut. CAPTION: Racing "Around the World in 80 Days" in NBC's 4 1/2-hour miniseries, now available on home video, are Peter Ustinov, left; Eric Idle; Pierce Brosnan; and Julia Nickson.