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DVD reviews: ‘The Intouchables’

“The Intouchables”

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“The Intouchables”

THE INTOUCHABLES France’s second-biggest box-office hit did quite well over here, too. It’s the story of a ritzy white quadriplegic (Francois Cluzet) who hires a bald, Senegalese-born thug (Omar Sy) to take care of him. He spouts his crass, egotistical spiel, and all anyone does is laugh. America has a racial guilt problem. France’s might be more insidious. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

COLLEGE: ULTIMATE EDITION Buster Keaton was at the height of his unsurpassed powers in this silent comedy that has him playing a very bewildered man on campus. Extras: visual essay on the film’s locations; audio commentary from film historian; “The Scribe,” 1966 industrial short that was Keaton’s last film performance. (Kino Lorber, $24.95; Blu-ray, $34.95)

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PLAYING FOR KEEPS A mis-prioritized romantic comedy with Gerard Butler as a washed-up Scottish sports star whose hunkiness drives mothers wild when he begins coaching his son’s soccer team. All he wants is another shot at his ex (Jessica Biel), who’s not nearly as lively as Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, or Catherine Zeta-Jones, who play the lusty moms. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY Petra Seeger’s documentary about neuroscientist Eric Kandel braids together the Nobel Prize winner’s life (his memories) and work (the operation of memory). The film is as engaging as he is, and that’s saying a lot. The one drawback is the occasional reenactment — which is to say, visual falsification — of scenes from Kandel’s Viennese boyhood. (Icarus, $24.98)

SANSHO THE BAILIFF Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 masterpiece about the destruction of a family in medieval Japan arrives on Blu-ray. Extras: restored high-definition digital transfer; interviews with assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka and actress Kyoko Kagawa. (Criterion Collection, $39.95)

DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID Ignore the saucy title. Jean Renoir’s version of Octave Mirbeau’s novel is as much dark social satire as farce. Burgess Meredith, who did the adaptation, heads a cast that includes his then-wife, Paulette Goddard, in the title role, and a very sinister Francis Lederer. (Olive, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95, already available)

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Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe.com.

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