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DVD Releases: September 18

Alexander: Revisited: The Final Cut Oliver Stone's expanded version now available on two-disc HD DVD and Blu-Ray disc. Includes almost three hours of new bonus content: an introduction by the director; an all-new documentary from Stone's son, filmmaker Sean Stone; "Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone's Alexander," with 85 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage; exclusive web-enabled features; more. (Warner).

All My Loving Tony Palmer's groundbreaking documentary on music and its effect on pop culture in the late '60s, with previously unseen footage from The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd and many more. Produced and initially broadcast on the BBC in 1968. $19.95. (MVD Visual).

Beyond the Gates (2005) John Hurt, Hugh Dancy. An exhausted Catholic priest and an idealistic young teacher find themselves caught in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Based on actual events during The Rwandan Genocide.

Brothers & Sisters: The Complete First Season Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Un-aired episode, "Walker Family Tree" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Disney).

Cinema 16: European Short Films Cinema16 celebrates the short film by showcasing the best classic, cult and award-winning shorts on DVD. The label launched in Europe in 2003 with the release of "British Short Films," a collection that included films by Peter Greenaway, Mike Leigh and Stephen Daldry among others. That was followed up by the "European Short Films" release in 2004 and "American Short Films," which included work by Gus Van Sant, Andy Warhol, Tim Burton and others, in 2005. "Cinema16: European Short Films" includes rare and never-before-seen films by noted directors such as Christopher Nolan ("Memento"), Lars Von Trier ("Dogville"), Lynne Ramsay ("Ratcatcher"), Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner"), Roy Andersson ("Songs From the Second Floor"), Mathieu Kassovitz ("La Haine") and Nanni Morettti ("Dear Diary"), as well as award-winning and celebrated shorts including Anders Thomas Jensen's Oscar winner "Election Night", Juan Solanas' Cannes Jury Prize winner "The Man Without a Head" and Toby MacDonald's
BAFTA nominated "Je T'aime John Wayne." Two-disc set, $29.99. (Cinema 16).

Closure (aka Straightheads) (2007) Gillian Anderson, Danny Dyer. Dark thriller about a couple who seek revenge after surviving a violent attack by a group of hunters. (Sony).

Commando Director's Cut (1985) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, James Olson, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke. Original theatrical film plus an all-new unrated version as envisioned by director Mark L. Lester. Extras: Commentary by Lester (on theatrical version only), deleted scenes, "Pure Action" featurette, "Let Off Some Steam" featurette, photo galleries, "Creating Commando" featurette, "Domestic Bliss With John and Jenny" featurette, "Kill
Arnold, Kill!" featurette, "Trashing the Galleria" featurette. (Fox).

Cruising (1980) Dir.: William Friedkin; Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino. Remastered sound and image. Extras: Commentary by Friedkin, "The History of Cruising" and "Exorcising Cruising" featurettes. (Warner).

Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team (2007) Documentary, $19.97. (HBO Video).

Deliverance 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2005) Dir.: John Boorman; Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox. Remastered. Extras: Commentary by Boorman; featurettes: "Deliverance: The Beginning," "Deliverance: The Journey," "Deliverance: Betraying the River," "Deliverance: Delivered," "The Dangerous World of Deliverance" original behind-the-scenes documentary. (Warner).

A Dog's Breakfast (2007) Kate Hewlett, Paul McGillion, Christopher Judge, Rachell Luttrell. An obsessive young man tries to break up his sister's impending wedding by any means available when he learns that his brother-in-law-to-be plans on killing her. Extras: Commentary by the filmmakers, "Cooking Up a Dog's Breakfast" featurette, deleted scenes. (MGM).

Flashdance Special Collector's Edition (1983) Dir.: Adrian Lyne; Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala. (Paramount).

The Flying Scotsman (2007) Jonny Lee Miller. True story of Graeme Obree, an amateur cyclist and homegrown hero who became Scotland's two-time world one-hour cycling record holder while also struggling and learning to cope with debilitating bouts of depression and anxiety. (MGM).

Ghost Whisperer: The Second Season 22 episodes. (Paramount).

Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $26.99. Extras: "The Allure and Charm of Dan DeCarlo" documentary that tells the story of the comic book artist, turned gag cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed to the creation of the legendary Archie comics. (Warner).

Married ... With Children: The Complete Seventh Season (1992-93) Three-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.95. (Sony).

Martha Graham: Dance on Film New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: "A Dancer's World" (1957), "Appalachian Spring" (1958), "Night Journey" (1960). Extras: "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed," an American Masters documentary following Graham's career; side-by-side comparison, by dance critic Deborah Jowitt, of excerpts from a 1940s performance of "Appalachian Spring," featuring Graham, Eric Hawkins and Merce Cunningham, with the 1958 film; "Aaron Copland: Art in America," a short documentary by Nathan Kroll, featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing "Appalachian Spring" with artist Paul Jenkins; a visual essay narrated by Kroll; new interview with Museum of Television & Radio curator Ron Simon discussing Kroll's work and legacy; interviews with film editors Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham discussing their work on the three films; new interviews with Graham company dancers Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi and Ethel Winter; excerpts from "The Martha Graham Technique," a 1975 filmed demonstration featuring company members and narrated by Graham; 16mm home-movie footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour; booklet featuring an essay by writer Joan Acocella. (The Criterion Collection).

Masters of Horror: Brad Anderson's "Sounds Like" (2007) Episode from Season 2 of the Showtime horror series: Chris Bauer stars in a psychological terror story about a call center supervisor whose hearing has slowly intensified to where it borders on the superhuman, forcing him to contend with simple noises magnified into a cacophony of torment. Extras: Commentary by director Brad Anderson, "Aural Madness: The Making of Sounds Like," "A Cacophony of Sounds Like" sound effects featurette, DVD-ROM script, photo gallery. (Starz Home Entertainment).

Masters of Horror: Peter Medak's "The Washingtonians" (2007) Episode from Season 2 of the Showtime horror series: Johnathon Schaech and Saul Rubinek star in a tale that sheds new (bloody) light on American history: When a grisly secret that has been kept for more than two centuries is in danger of exposure, a group of homicidal historians will stop at nothing to keep loose tongues from wagging. Extras: Commentary by director Peter Medak and writer-star Johnathon Schaech, "Feast on This: The Making of The Washingtonians," "Wigs, Teeth and Powder" makeup effects featurette, DVD-ROM script, photo gallery. (Starz Home Entertainment).

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (Deluxe Edition) (2005) Personal and candid profile of the once effervescent musician and now cult figure Syd Barrett. The original songwriter for Pink Floyd was only with the band three years when he left in 1968, yet when the band released their greatest hits album in 2001 Barrett had written over a fifth of the tracks. This new definitive edition includes two discs loaded with extras, including lengthy unedited interviews from all members of the Pink Floyd. It's a limited edition run of 5,000 in Oyster Box packaging with 10 items of reproduction memorabilia in a special printed envelope. After the limited edition has sold out, the double disc version will be then packaged in a standard plastic double DVD box. "The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" retells the fascinating story of the start of one of the largest and most influential bands in rock and the drug induced breakdown of their original songwriter and lead man. Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright retell how Barrett's slip from reality haunted the band for many years. This fascinating documentary traces the creative and personal tumult of Barrett's days with Pink Floyd, and the fallout from his psychedelics induced breakdown; $29.95. Extras: "Roger Waters on Syd Barrett" extended 60 minute interview with Waters talking about Barrett, which includes Barrett's musical influences, his illness, the last time Waters saw Barrett; "Dave Gilmour on Wish You Were Here" extended interview with Gilmour talking about how "Wish You Were Here" came to be written about Barrett; Robyn Hitchcock performing "Dominoes" and "It Is Obvious"; Graham Coxon performing "Love You"; detailed biography of Syd Barrett. (MVD Visual).

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary featuring screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, Oscar-winning special effects designer and "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin; "Destination: Mars," a new video featurette by Michael Lennick detailing the science behind "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"; excerpts from Melchior's original screenplay; new music video for Victor Lundin's song "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"; stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, production designs, and promotional material ; theatrical trailer; booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick, a "Brief Yargorian Dictionary" of Melchior's original alien dialect, and a list of facts about Mars included with his original screenplay. (The Criterion Collection).

Stargate: Atlantis Season 3 Five-disc set with 20 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "Inside the Stargate: Atlantis Visual FX Department," "Mission Directives," profiles, photo galleries, production design galleries, "Masters of the Alien" featurette, more. (MGM).

Superman Doomsday (2007) Original animated movie. Voices of Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters. Extras: The Clash of the Juggernauts" retrospective look at the craze surrounding the "Death of Superman," "The Artists Playground ... From Art to Sound Design in Superman Doomsday" featurette, " "Defeat Doomsday: Battle Challenge" game. (Warner).

The Threepenny Opera (1931) Dir.: G. W. Pabst; Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schunzel, Fritz Rasp, Valeska Gert, Lotte Lenya. New, restored high-definition digital transfer (taken from a new film restoration element from the Bundesarchiv in Germany). Extras: Commentary by scholars David Bathrick, author of "The Dialectic and the Early Brecht," and Eric Rentschler, author of "The Films of G. W. Pabst "; "L'opera de quat'sous," Pabst's French-language version of "The Threepenny Opera," starring Albert Prejean and Florelle; video interview with film scholar Charles O'Brien on the differences between the English and French versions; new exclusive documentary on "Threepenny's" controversial journey from stage to screen to lawsuits; gallery of production photos by Hans Casparius; production sketches by art director Andre Andrejew; new and improved English subtitle translation; new essay by film critic Tony Rayns. (The Criterion Collection).

Troy Director's Cut (2004) Dir.: Wolfgang Petersen; Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, John Shrapnel, Brendan Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana, Julian Glover, Brian Cox, Nathan Jones. Two-disc set with the debut of Wolfgang Petersen's all-new, unrated version, with 30 minutes of new footage. Also offered will be the "Troy Ultimate Collector's Edition," which will include collectible memorabilia such as "The Art of Troy" photo book, behind-the-scenes photos and select pages from the shooting script. Extras: "Troy Revisited: An Introduction by Wolfgang Petersen," "Troy in Focus," "In The Thick of the Battle" featurette about the film's epic battle sequences, "From Ruins to Reality" featurette on the ruins of ancient Troy and the film's production design re-creation of the city, "Troy: An Effects Odyssey" special effects featurette, "Attacking Troy," "Greek Ship Towing." Also available on HD DVD and Blu-ray disc. (Warner).

Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000) Animated feature, $14.98. (Warner).

Two Weeks (2006) Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Thomas Cavanaugh, Julianne Nicholson, Glenn Howerton, Clea DuVall. Melodrama looks at the physical reality of a parent's death and its impact on the family. Extras: Movie Club Discussion Guide, "Learning to Live Through Dying" featurette, commentary by director Steve Stockman, deleted scenes. (MGM).

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007 -- French) Dir.: Francis Veber; Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Berry, Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Virginie Ledoyen. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Francis Veber, "Making of the Valet" featurette. (Sony).

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