Will Smith earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, the rhyming boxer who often referred to himself as the "greatest."

The director's cut of the acclaimed 2001 film comes to DVD this week for $24.95 from Columbia TriStar.

The DVD features include never-before-seen footage, the director's commentary and an exclusive making-of featurette.

The movie, directed by Michael Mann, explores Ali's professional and personal struggles as the boxer attempts to balance his religious beliefs, racism, politics, family and fame.

Pat Travers of Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Michael Mann and Will Smith punch their way to the bruised heart of a hero."

Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett, co-stars in the R-rated film, along with comedian Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Peebles and Jon Voight, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role.

An almost unrecognizable Charlize Theron won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Carol Wuornos, a prostitute guilty of murdering at least seven men.

The critically acclaimed "Monster" comes to DVD on Tuesday for $19.95 and co-stars Christina Ricci as Theron's young love interest.

A version of the 2003 movie also is available packaged with Columbia TriStar's 2003 documentary "Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer" for $39.95.

Post movie critic Desson Thomson wrote,

" 'Serial Killer' shows us how eerily close Theron's performance was to capturing the belligerent, snaggle-toothed Wuornos." Thomson suggests "Monster" answers questions and makes "creative assertions" that the documentary does not.

Wuornos's life included many criminal acts and a teenage pregnancy. The R-rated movie focuses on her life in Florida in the early 1990s, when she began murdering her clients. She was executed in Florida in 2002.

-- Tracy L. Scott

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Coupling: The Third Season (BBC: two-disc DVD $29.98) The DVD collection of this critically acclaimed BBC television hit about six British friends includes audio commentaries, a photo gallery, biographies and outtakes.

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Race to the Moon (A&E: DVD $29.95) Based on the best-selling memoir by retired NASA flight director Gene Kranz, this documentary tells the story of those behind America's race to the moon.

Summer School (Paramount: DVD $14.99; PG13) Mark Harmon stars as a gym teacher recruited to teach English during the summer season. He learns to connect with his class of slackers with an unconventional teaching style that includes fun in the sun.