Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 09/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's September, so yellow buses and homework are back in season. These new releases examine the highs and lows of heading to class for learners of all ages.

Daddy Day Care (Columbia TriStar, $27.94) Amusingly adding to his family-film oeuvre, Eddie Murphy plays a fired ad exec who opens a daycare center. Extras: Adorable featurettes in which Daddy's preschoolers interview each other; three interactive kids' games. (PG)

Alias: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista, $69.99) A sensational Jennifer Garner juggles grad-school work and spy work in ABC's wonderfully inventive spy drama. Extras: Four trivia-packed commentaries (including a droll one by the cast) and a feature spotlighting the show's fabulous stunts.

Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club (Universal, $19.98 each) The best of teen-movie auteur John Hughes's movies, rereleased with vastly improved picture and sound quality, still speak humorous volumes about high school life. Extras: Candles' original soundtrack (legal issues kept 10 tunes from previous video releases). (PG and R)

Anger Management (Columbia TriStar, $27.94) Adam Sandler's therapy sessions with Jack Nicholson lose steam, but the real fun comes from cameos by temper-challenged stars like Bobby Knight and Roger Clemens. Extras: Deleted scenes in which Nicholson shows off his comic chops with John McEnroe. (PG-13)

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