By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
White Boy Rick
Enter the corrupt world of 1980s Detroit at the height of the War on Drugs in the compelling father-son story, “White Boy Rick,” debuting on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It also is available on Digital and available via the Movies Anywhere App.
Based on true events, the film tells the moving story of a blue-collar father, played by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and his teenage son, played by newcomer Richie Merritt. Fifteen-year-old Rick Wershe Jr., dubbed “White Boy Rick,” becomes the youngest FBI informant in history, and later a drug dealer, manipulated by the very system meant to protect him, abandoned by his FBI handlers, and sentenced to life in prison.
Directed by Yann Demange (“‘71”), this gritty saga also features BAFTA nominee Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) as Rick’s drug addicted sister, Dawn, Academy Award nominee, Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”), Rory Cochrane (“Black Mass”), RJ Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Jonathan Majors (“Hostiles”), and Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”, “Deadpool 2”), alongside Oscar nominees Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), and Piper Laurie (“Carrie”).
The “White Boy Rick” Blu-ray, DVD and Digital bonus features include six never-before-seen deleted scenes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes offering insights on the true story, superb casting and more. Hear an exclusive audio interview with the real-life Rick Wershe Jr. from prison as he describes his story and shares personal photos and video from his trial in “The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.” Learn how Director Yann Demange found the diverse cast, including the unique way he discovered streetwise newcomer Richie Merritt and how award-winner Matthew McConaughey made the part his own in “The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast.”
Also, take a look inside the collaborative effort it took to recreate 1980’s Detroit with insights into how they matched the tone with music, costume & production design and more in “The Making of White Boy Rick.” Rounding out the special features package is an informative pop up trivia track with insider information on this true story and the making of this film.
Demange directed the film based on a screenplay by Andy Weiss and Logan and Noah Miller. The film was produced by John Lesher (“Birdman,” “Black Mass”), Julie Yorn (“Hell or High Water,” “The Other Woman”), Scott Franklin (“Jackie,” “Black Swan”), and Darren Aronofsky (“Jackie,” “Noah”). The film was executive produced by Georgia Kacandes, Matthew Krul, Ari Handel, Michael J. Weiss, Christopher Mallick and Logan and Noah Miller.
The universe’s greatest hunter returns in “The Predator,” which has arrived on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. It also is available on Digital and Movies Anywhere.
Fans can bring home a special edition “Predator 4-Movie Collection,” which includes “Predator,” “Predator 2,” “Predators” and “The Predator” on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray.
The hunt has evolved—and so has the explosive action—in the next chapter of the “Predator” series, from director Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”). Now, the most lethal hunters in the universe are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before … and only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.
With the special edition “Predator 4-Movie Collection,” fans can experience four times the terror with a killer collection of action-packed Predator movies, plus four collector cards of the original film poster re-issue with some of the franchises most iconic quotes on the back.
In “Predator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger wages an all-out war against an extraterrestrial that hunts humans for sport. Then in “Predator 2,” Danny Glover battles the fearsome creature in the urban jungle of Los Angeles. In “Predators,” Adrien Brody leads a group of elite warriors on an alien planet targeted by a new Predator breed. In “The Predator,” Boyd Holbrook discovers that the most lethal hunters in the universe are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever.