A couple of recent DVD releases complement movies hitting the multiplex on Christmas.
Danny Kaye’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947) is the more obvious disc, pulled from some long overlooked vault to tie in with Ben Stiller’s update of James Thurber’s beloved daydreamer portrait. Don’t look for Stiller to replicate any of his predecessor’s signature patter numbers, one of the ways the Technicolor oldie is seen as being more about Kaye showmanship than Thurber whimsy. Still, some of the original film’s most worthwhile material doesn’t fall under either heading. Meanwhile, with the Keanu Reeves samurai fantasy “47 Ronin” also opening, you could take a look at the star’s recent, similarly influenced directorial debut, “Man of Tai Chi” (2013). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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