“White Boy Rick” with Matthew McConaughey on Blu-ray this Christmas

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The 2018 film White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 25th via Sony. The film, based on a true story, was directed by Yann Demange. This co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Jonathan Majors, YG, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Rory Cochrane, and RJ Cyler.

Tech specs for the release have not yet been officially announced, but I’m going to speculate on it getting 1080p in the 2.39:1 aspect (as theatrically shown) with a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound mix – typical on Sony Blu-ray releases. I’ve reached out directed to Sony about this and should have a reply hopefully sometime soon. The Blu-ray  is now available to pre-order over at Amazon and at Best Buy. The release will come with a Digital Copy of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes:
    • “The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.”
    • “The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast”
    • “The Making of White Boy Rick”
    • Feature Trivia Track

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for this release.

 
PRESS RELEASE:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“A remarkable true story told to perfection!!!” ~ Mark S. Allen, ABC-TV
“Matthew McConaughey in a career-redefining role” ~ Rafael Motamayor Aguiton, IGN
 

Based on the Incredible True Crime Story 

Starring Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey

WHITE BOY RICK

 On Digital December 11

Coming to Blu-ray & DVD December 25

Bonus Features Include Deleted Scenes and Three New Featurettes, Plus an Exclusive Interview with the Real ‘White Boy Rick’

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (November 8, 2018) – 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 Digital and available via the Movies Anywhere App. on December 11 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on true events, WHITE BOY RICK tells the moving story of a blue-collar father, played by Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (2013, Best Actor, 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 (2015, Best Supporting Actress, The Hateful Eight), Brian Tyree Henry (FX’s “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 (2014, Best Actor, Nebraska), and Piper Laurie (1976, Best Supporting Actress, 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”. Finally, 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.

 

WHITE BOY RICK was directed by Yann Demange (‘71) and written by Andy Weiss and Logan & 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, Logan Miller and Noah Miller.

 

Synopsis:

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

 

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes:
    • “The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.”
    • “The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast”
    • “The Making of White Boy Rick”
    • Feature Trivia Track

 

WHITE BOY RICK has a run time of approximately 112 minutes and is rated R for language throughout, drug content, violence, some sexual references, and brief nudity.

 

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