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DVD releases: ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’

Summit Entertainment

KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN Despite an overlong, awkward prologue that makes him seem more insecure than self-deprecating, the hyperactive fireplug Kevin Hart demonstrates some moments of comic genius in this documentary of his sold-out 2012 Madison Square Garden stand-up show. At other times, though, you wish he’d just take a deep breath and try not to explain so much. Extras: music videos. (Summit/Lionsgate, $21.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)

EYES WITHOUT A FACE Trying to restore the appearance of his daughter’s grotesquely deformed face, a doctor (Pierre Brasseur) more than violates his Hippocratic oath. Pauline Kael described Georges Franju’s 1959 French classic as “perhaps the most austerely elegant horror film ever made.” Extras: Franju documentary “Blood of the Beasts,” Franju interview, trailers, excerpts from 1985 documentary about the film. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)

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THE STRANGER Investigator Edward G. Robinson tracks down Nazi war criminal Orson Welles, who’s married Loretta Young and become a much-admired figure in a small Connecticut town. Welles directed this expert 1946 thriller. Extras: remastered HD transfer, image gallery, trailer, Welles wartime radio broadcasts. (Kino Classics, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95)

A HIJACKING In case you couldn’t get to see “Captain Phillips” this weekend, there’s this coolly assured nail-biter from Denmark with a similar plot. Somali pirates storm a commercial vessel and hold its crew for ransom — which becomes high-stakes human drama. The second feature from writer-director Tobias Lindholm showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat. Extras: extended scenes, making-of featurette, trailer. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM Levon Helm, drummer in the seminal rock group the Band, hovers like a ghost in this elliptical documentary made near the end of his life, in which he reminisces, records a new album, and undergoes painful medical exams. But the director Jacob Hatley’s choice to include minimal background about Helm’s long career limits the film’s impact and clarity. Extras: deleted scenes, trailer. (Kino Lorber, $26.95; Blu-ray, $29.95, available now)

I MARRIED A WITCH René Clair’s 1942 romantic comedy features a woman with supernatural powers (Veronica Lake) out to get a political candidate (Fredric March) who’s a descendant of Salem witch hunters. Further complicating things, he and his fiancee (Susan Hayward) are about to marry. Extras: digital restoration, Clair audio interview, trailer. (Criterion Collection, $19.95; Bl-ray, $29.95, available now)

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