DVD reviews: ‘The Call’

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THE CALL Halle Berry stars as a 911 operator trying to save kidnapped teen Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), who’s stuck in a psycho’s trunk with a dying cellphone. Grueling, effective suspense, and the scenes in the call center are novel, but the movie gets increasingly stupid as it caves into thriller clichés. Extras: making-of featurette; audio commentary, with Berry, Breslin, and filmmakers. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99)

HELP! The Beatles’ second feature film comes to Blu-ray. It’s both zanier and far more plot-driven than its splendid predecessor, “A Hard Day’s Night.” That one’s a great comedy. This one’s merely (merely?) a very good one. Besides the title number, songs include “Ticket to Ride,” “The Night Before,” and “Another Girl.” Extras: making-of featurette, look at restoration process, deleted scene, trailer, radio ads. (Capitol, $29.98)

SHOAH Claude Lanzmann’s epic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust lasts more than nine hours. It looks at Hitler’s Final Solution in human terms, emphasizing people rather than policies, procedures, or ideas. Above all, it’s a meditation on the power of memory — and the inextricable linkage of past and present. Extras: high-def digital restoration, three other Lanzmann documentaries, Lanz-mann interviews. (Criterion Collection, $99.95; Blu-ray, $99.95)



ANNIVERSARY The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates a significant birthday on disc. Joining in the celebration are Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Taylor, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin. (C Major Entertainment, $24; $39.99, Blu-ray)

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A PLACE AT THE TABLE Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s documentary about hunger and related issues in America is earnest, worthy, and scattered. It’s also surprisingly slick (among the activists interviewed is Jeff Bridges). The visuals are bright, the graphics cutesy, the folk score (courtesy of T-Bone Burnett and the Civil Wars) tinkly. Extras: deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)


MYSTERY: INSPECTOR LEWIS SEASON 6 Once again, laws are being broken in and around Oxford. Fortunately, Inspector Robert Lewis is on hand to set things right in these three episodes. (PBS, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99)