Short Circuits: 'Dallas Buyers Club' on video; meditation app; Kevlar phone case

  • Updated: February 3, 2014 - 2:55 PM
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Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

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McConaughey makes most of ‘Dallas’

As Texas electrician Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Matthew McConaughey delivers an award-winning ­performance, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but also by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness.

The film could have gone wrong in myriad ways, most of them having to do with overkill or pompous self-seriousness. But director Jean-Marc Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats.

The DVD and Blu-ray (Universal, $30-$35) include a look inside the film and deleted scenes.

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Colin Covert says: This is the performance of ­McConaughey’s newly resurgent career. There’s not another actor working today who could play this bigoted, admirable S.O.B. so well.

Also out Tuesday

Movies: “About Time, “ “Baggage Claim,” “Escape Plan,” “Free Birds.”

TV: “Burton & Taylor,” “Midsomer Murders” (Set 23), “My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic” (Season 3), “The White Queen” (Season 1).

Blu-ray: “Death Wish,” “Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” “Jules and Jim,” “Million Dollar Baby” (special edition), “Napoleon Dynamite” (special edition), “Night of the Demons,” ­“Witchboard.”

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