DVD reviews: ‘Mud’

Weinstein Company

MUD Last spring’s surprise indie hit. Matthew McConaughey continues to explore his wayward midcareer path in this haunting but overambitious and overlong drama from talented writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”). The star plays a mysterious fugitive who changes the lives of two young boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, both excellent) in rural Arkansas. Sam Shepard and Reese Witherspoon costar. Extras: Nichols commentary, making-of featurettes. (Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)

THE SAPPHIRES A formulaic but extra-likable Australian charmer about an Aborigine sister/cousin act singing soul music to US troops in 1968 Vietnam. Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) is the marquee name (sort of), but Deborah Mailman is the movie’s star and life force as oldest sister Gail. The plot elements are familiar, but the film feels the funk. Extras: interview with original real-life Sapphires, making-of and music featurettes. (Anchor Bay, $26.98; Blu-ray, $30.99)

TO THE WONDER The first Terrence Malick movie that’s a thoroughgoing misfire — a meditation on love and lost paradise that starts with breathtaking assurance and slowly crumbles into self-parody. Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko play lovers who flit back and forth from Europe to America, from rapture to disenchantment, and from interest to tedium. With Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. Extras: making-of featurette, Kurylenko interview. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)


ON THE ROAD A surprisingly effective adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic, if no substitute for reading the book. Brazil’s Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) directs with a solid eye for period and landscape, and he has a great Dean Moriarty in Garrett Hedlund. With Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, and Kristen Stewart, the latter not bad at all. Extras: trailer. (MPI Home Video, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

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A clear-eyed and convincing overview of the West Memphis Three case that provides a larger picture that the “Paradise Lost” trilogy of documentaries sometimes missed. Director Amy Berg takes us from the 1993 murders of three young boys to the gradual but total dismantling of the case against three men who are widely believed to have been wrongly convicted of the crimes.
Extras: cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

THE SWORD IN THE STONE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION This last animated feature overseen by Walt Disney before his death adapts the T. H. White novel about young King Arthur. Extras: alternate opening; cartoon shorts; featurette on the film’s composers, brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman. (Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $36.99)