"White Boy Rick" is set in 1980's Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs. It is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. ( Merritt), who become an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. (Gary Reber)
Special features include six deleted scenes (HD 06:50); the featurettes "The Unknown True Story Of Rick Wershe Jr." (HD 05:35), "The Three Tribes Of Detroit: The Cast" (HD 10:14), and "The Making Of White Boy Rick" (HD 05:17); a feature trivia track; upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini and XT camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture, like the characters portrayed, exhibits a raw, hard appearance. While colors appear generally natural throughout various settings and lighting highlights, they appear often to be stylized.Contrast is generally good, with deep blacks, but at times shadow delineation is veiled. Resolution is generally good and best seen in closeups, which show fine detail in facial features, hair, skin pores, clothing and textures of objects. This is an effectively raw presentation that appears to be realistic for the time period. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 7.1-channel soundtrack is varied in presentation from hip hop/soul to orchestral music support. Atmospherics are realistic and from time to time sound effects, such as powerful gunfire, intensifies the proceedings. Both the music and sound effects extend aggressively to the four surrounds and envelop the soundfield. Dialogue is generally intelligible, though, not always. There are moments of intense deep bass in the .1 LFE channel. ADR is often used but is wanting in natural spatial integration. Overall, the soundtrack delivers a realistic world of drugs and violence in poverty settings. (Gary Reber)