‘Alpha’ Gets October Digital Release! Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD This November

Alpha Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray DVD Digital release

Alpha is ready to take you to 20,000 years ago. Experience the last Ice Age with the “visceral adventure between man and wolf” when Alpha arrives on Digital and redeemable via the Movies Anywhere App on October 30, 2018. It will get a Blu-ray and DVD release on November 13, 2018, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed and co-written by Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli), Alpha has been described as “a visually stunning tale centered on the relationship between man and man’s best friend, as they are forced to rely on each other to survive the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.”

The upcoming home release contains never-before-seen content, including a Director’s Cut, Alternate Opening and Endings along with three additional deleted scenes complete with Director Commentaries. There are also four behind-the-scenes features. I love it when home releases go all out, and it looks like Alpha is ready to give fans a lot of extra content to enjoy.

The cast includes Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, X-Men: Apocalypse), Jóhannes Hakur Jóhannesson (Game of Thrones), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Marcin Kowalcyk (You are God, Hardkor Disco), Jens Hultén (M15 Rogue Nation), Natassia Malthe (Elektra) and Spencer Bogaert (Vincent).

Here’s the official synopsis:

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

Alpha was directed by Albert Hughes from a story by Albert Hughes and screenplay by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt. The film was produced by Andrew Rona and Albert Hughes and executive produced by Guo Guangchang, Louise Rosner and Stuart M. Besser.

Coming to the four featurettes, in ‘The Wolf Behind Alpha’ fans learn all about Chuck, the dog/wolf hybrid actor playing Alpha and learn what made him so popular on set.

Audiences get an inside look into the training Chuck and Kodi Smit-McPhee went through to create a real-life bond in the ‘Boy & Wolf’ featurette.

You will be able to listen to the cast and crew discuss creating Alpha with insights into the creation of the stunning visuals with visual effects, new language, extensive research on artifacts, costumes and more in ‘Building the World’.

As for ‘A Hero’s Journey,’ actor Kodi Smit-McPhee talks about “what it was like playing such an emotional character and his character’s development through the film”.

The Blu-ray and Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • Director’s Cut
  • Alternate Opening and Ending with Commentaries by Director Albert Hughes
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentaries by Director Albert Hughes
    • “Starscape”
    • “Fighting For Survival”
    • “Dream Sequence”
  • Four Featurettes:
    • “The Wolf Behind Alpha”
    • “Boy & Wolf”
    • “Building the World”
    • “A Hero’s Journey”

The DVD release includes:

  • Two Featurettes:
    • “The Wolf Behind Alpha”
    • “Boy & Wolf”

Alpha has a run time of approximately 96 minutes and is rated PG-13 for “some intense peril”.

The film was able to gross more than $90 million at the global box office. Holding an 81% Rotten Tomatoes score, the movie has been praised for its acting and visuals.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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