This week in the New York Times, a glance at two fine films by directors whose work knew some wide variations in quality and commitment. From VCI comes at last a watchable copy of Milestone’s superb “A Walk in the Sun,” a film about men in combat made during the last months of World War II and governed by a reflective, mature sensibility quite at odds with the propaganda films to which wartime audiences had become accustomed; it looks forward to the postwar masterworks of Wyler (“The Best Years of Our Lives,” to which “A Walk in the Sun” could almost function as a prequel) and Ford (“They Were Expendable”). And Lionsgate has made good on its corporate promise to issue a do-over of their flawed release of John Huston’s “The Dead” last November. The missing reel has been restored (and the running time on the box has been accordingly updated from 72 to 82 minutes, so check the back before you buy). Those who purchased the abridged version can get a replacement copy by sending a scan of your receipt (you saved it, of course!) to email@example.com.