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Bonus Features: ‘King Richard’ sheds light on the real-life Richard Williams

Since the very start of awards season and the festival circuits, predictions have come and gone across categories, but one thing has remained the same: Will Smith will win Best Actor.

After taking on the role of Richard Williams, father to tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard,” Smith secured himself what looks to be a cakewalk to his first Oscar victory – and the hype is all very well-deserved.

The film follows the girls’ childhood with Richard as their coach, and his multi-step plan for them to become the best in the world. While it follows a fairly standard sports-drama blueprint, the performances and subject matter make “King Richard” compelling nonetheless.

Now, “King Richard” has arrived on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital just in time for viewers at home to catch up on the Oscar race.

With the home release comes a handful of bonus features that expand on Smith’s transformation into Richard, as well as the creative process working alongside the real-life Venus and Serena.

Let’s take a look!

Special Features on Blu-ray and Digital

  • Following the Plan – The Making of “King Richard” – In this nine-minute featurette, the cast and crew give an overview of the entire creative process, from the collaboration with the Williams family to the casting, directing and tennis stunts.
  • Becoming Richard – The story of Richard Williams is not all positive, and this seven-minute extra explored the balance between the good and the bad, and the importance of sharing it all.
  • Champions on Screen – The Williams sisters are the definition of champions, but how can you translate that greatness to the big screen, and with such young actors? This six-minute bonus feature dives into the film’s biggest performances and how they came to life.
  • Deleted Scenes – Three minutes of extras that didn’t make the final cut.

“King Richard” is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

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Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.

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