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‘The Longest Yard’ hits the DVD endzone

Also new: season one of ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Born into Brothels’
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“The Longest Yard”Adam Sandler, who had a hit with the remake “Mr. Deeds,” scored again with another update, turning his version of the 1970s gridiron tale into one of summer’s big successes. Sandler plays a former star quarterback fallen on hard times and sentenced to prison, where he leads a ragtag team of inmates in a grudge football match against sadistic guards. Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds, star of the original “Longest Yard,” fill supporting roles. The DVD comes with deleted scenes accompanied by commentary from director Peter Segal, who also offers commentary for the full film. Other extras include three behind-the-scenes featurettes, a blooper reel and a Nelly music video. DVD, $29.99. (Paramount) Original theatrical review

“Born Into Brothels”

BORN INTO BROTHELS
In this photo provided by ThinkFilms, a photo of his friends taken by 12-year-old Avijit, one of the children featured in \"Born into Brothels.\" (AP Photo/ThinkFilms)THINKFILMS

The 2004 Academy Award winner for feature-length documentary is an extraordinary portrait of bleak beauty and hope that emerges in the most miserable circumstances. Photographer Zana Briski, who co-directed with Ross Kauffman, had been living in Calcutta’s red-light district, chronicling its hardships. She bonded with the children of the region’s prostitutes, providing them with cameras that spur a creative drive in the youths, who begin to capture strikingly sublime images of their world. The documentary follows the children’s efforts, with Briski’s help, to rise above the life into which they were born. Briski and Kauffman provide commentary, and some of the children depicted in the film offer video commentary for segments of the documentary. The DVD also has deleted scenes and an update on the children three years down the line. DVD, $29.99. (ThinkFilm) Original theatrical review

“The Outsiders: The Complete Novel”

FILM OUTSIDERS
This undated publicity photo, provided by Warner Bros., shows cast members from the 1983 film \"The Outsiders,\" directed by Francis Ford Coppola. From left, are Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise. A version od the movie 22 minutes longer and bearing a new rock 'n' roll soundtrack makes a limited theatrical rerelease Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, with a two-disc DVD to come out Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)WARNER BROS.

Close on the heels of a new DVD version of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” adapted from S.E. Hinton’s novel, comes an updated edition of another Coppola-Hinton collaboration. The 1983 coming-of-age tale set in 1960s Oklahoma has a big young cast of stars on the rise, among them Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. Coppola has fleshed out the theatrical version with an extra 22 minutes of footage intended to satisfy fans who wanted a more faithful rendering of Hinton’s book. The two-disc set has an introduction and commentary by Coppola, plus separate commentary with Dillon, Lowe, Howell and other co-stars. DVD set $26.99. (Warner Bros.)

“Major Dundee”Sam Peckinpah had his 1965 Western starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris and James Coburn yanked out of his hands by the studio and recut to an indifferent critical reception. This extended version adds roughly 12 minutes of rescued footage intended to restore the film closer to Peckinpah’s vision and clear up elements of the plot that were watered down in the shorter cut. The Civil War-era tale stars Heston as a Union officer who assembles a band of misfits to hunt Apaches in Mexico. Four Peckinpah experts team to provide DVD commentary, and the disc features a 20-minute excerpt from the documentary “Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah. DVD, $19.94. (Sony)

“Mallrats”Kevin Smith followed his independent hit “Clerks” with this 1995 comedy of anarchic youth in their natural habitat: The shopping mall. The movie features such Smith regulars as Jason Lee, Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams, along with Shannen Doherty, in a story of mayhem and hijinks in the consumer world. The 10th anniversary DVD has the original version plus an extended cut adding 27 minutes. Smith, Affleck, Lee and other collaborators provide commentary, and the DVD features an interview with Smith, a question-and-answer session with cast and crew and the filmmakers’ recollections on making the movie. DVD, $26.98. (Universal)

“Inside Deep Throat”The 1970s porn sensation “Deep Throat” became a mainstream box-office success, helped launch the modern hardcore adult-entertainment industry and was such a cultural landmark it lent its name to the anonymous source who fed Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Watergate investigation. This documentary examines the movie’s modest beginnings as a quickie sex spoof shot for only $25,000, its connection to a sexually awakening America and the backlash against the film by conservatives who branded it obscene. DVD extras include examinations of legal challenges to the movie, celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, Erica Jong and Bill Maher discussing the nation’s sexual hang-ups and commentary with directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. DVD, $27.98. (Universal) Original theatrical review

TV on DVD:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season” — Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan lead the cast of suburban wives and moms whose home lives are anything but “Leave It to Beaver.” The six-disc set has the first 23 episodes, plus deleted scenes with commentary by series creator Marc Cherry. The actresses join Cherry for episode commentary, and the set packs a big range of behind-the-scenes segments. DVD set, $59.99. (Disney)

“Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures” — With cheese-loving Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit set to hit the big-screen in October, their three short films originally made for British television return to DVD. Included are “A Close Shave,” “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Grand Day Out,” plus a sneak peek at the feature film “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” DVD, $19.99. (DreamWorks)

“Battlestar Galactica: Season One” — The update of the 1970s sci-fi adventure begins life on DVD in a five-disc set with the initial miniseries and the first 13 episodes of the show. Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell lead the cast in the story of humanity’s remnants trying to keep ahead of robot enemies while searching for the mythical home planet Earth. The set has deleted footage, eight featurettes and commentary from the director and executive producer on the pilot. DVD set, $59.98. (Universal)

“Ned and Stacey: The Complete First Season” — Before she shacked up with a gay pal on “Will & Grace,” Debra Messing played a ditz in a marriage of convenience with an ad exec (Thomas Haden Church) who needs a wife to give him the right image for promotion at his agency. The three-disc set has 24 episodes, with a new interview by Messing and Church. DVD set, $39.95. (Sony)

“The Pretender: The Complete Second Season” — Michael T. Weiss returns as a man on the run from the secret organization that raised him, using his uncanny ability to mimic any occupation to stay ahead of his pursuers. The four-disc set packs 21 episodes, with commentary from Weiss and others on two. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)