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DVD previews: 'Draft Day,' 'They Came Together'

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  • Ali (Jennifer Garner) scores with Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) in the NFL drama "Draft Day."

      Ali (Jennifer Garner) scores with Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) in the NFL drama "Draft Day."

 
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Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Sept. 2:

"Draft Day" (PG-13, 109 minutes, Lionsgate): Kevin Costner plays Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of the Cleveland Browns. His team is struggling, and his father, the former coach, has recently died. He also just found out that his girlfriend, Ali (Jennifer Garner), is pregnant. "Draft Day" isn't a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It's about the games before the games. And if writers Scott Rothman and Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Rajiv Joseph had stuck to the basics, it might have worked. Contains brief strong language and sexual references. Extras include commentary with Joseph and Rothman and deleted scenes. Also, on Blu-ray: a making-of featurette and a "Welcome to Primetime" behind-the-scenes look at the NFL draft.

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"They Came Together" (R, 83 minutes, Lionsgate): Larky, witty and sometimes even wise, this spoof on every rom-com ever made is less a fully realized film than an extended skit, a series of set pieces that poke gentle and sometimes transgressively crude fun at the tropes of girl-meets-boy. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler keep "They Came Together" floating along on their characters' shared love of "fiction books," Q-tips and coffee. Contains profanity and sexual content. Extras include: making-of featurette, commentary with director/co-writer David Wain and producer/co-writer Michael Showalter, deleted scenes and a San Francisco Sketchfest Table Read.

"For No Good Reason" (R, 89 minutes, Sony): Johnny Depp narrates this documentary on artist Ralph Steadman, who's best known for his magazine collaborations in the 1970s with the late writer Hunter S. Thompson and is still making art that has the capacity to delight and, at times, to shock. It's fun to watch Steadman create his signature style of ink drawings: unflattering caricatures characterized by seemingly random splashes of black and red ink -- sometimes blown through a straw -- that give the work a violent, unpredictable energy. Contains crude language, drug content and sexual imagery. Extras include commentary with director Charlie Paul and producer Lucy Paul, "Cherrywood Cannon" animated short, deleted scenes, and a Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Steadman and Paul.

"Moms' Night Out" (PG, 98 minutes, Sony): This family film tries to be a wholesome, earnest alternative to sisterhood comedies. But this story of a harried stay-at-home mother named Allyson (Sarah Drew) trafficks in patronizing images of women, either as addled, neurotic control freaks or haplessly dizzy dames. The men in this story of a Saturday night gone awry don't fare much better: Allyson's husband (Sean Astin) is on the road most weekdays and spends his weekends playing video games with his best bud (who hates kids). Contains some thematic elements and mild action. Extras include commentary with directors Andrew and Jon Erwin and producer Kevin Downes, deleted scenes, blooper reel and four making-of featurettes.

Also: "Night Moves," "Out of the Clear Blue Sky," "Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves," "Rocky Road," "Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro," "Citizen Koch," "Under the Electric Sky," "Heavenly Sword," "Baby Blues" (China), "Love Will Find a Way," "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero," "14 Blades" (China), "R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?" and "Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection."

Television series: "New Girl Season 3," "Crossbones: Season One," "The League: Season 5," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Nine," "Chicago Fire: Season Two," "Chicago P.D.: Season One," "Grey's Anatomy: 10th Season," "Person of Interest: Third Season," "The Originals: First Season," "Bonanza: Seventh Season -- Volumes One and Two" (1965-66), "Buddy's Halloween Adventure," "Lovejoy Series 2," "Duck Dynasty: Quack or Treat," "History Detectives Special Investigations," "Line of Duty Series 2," "Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon," "Midsomer Murders Series 10 and Series 11" and "Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites."

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