Blu-ray, DVD Release: Before Midnight

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Before MidnightJesse and Celine meet again in Before Midnight, the third part of director Richard Linklater’s (Slacker) romance movie series.

Ethan Hawke (The Purge) and Julie Delpy (2 Days in New York) first played Jesse and Celine, respectively, in the 1995 film Before Sunrise. The two couples met a on train, then spent the night walking around Vienna before going their separate ways the followin morning.

In th 2004 movie Before Sunset, Jesse and Celine meet again nine years later, this time during the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

In Before Midnight, it has been almost two decades since Jesse and Celine originally met on the train. Now in their thirties, they meet at a writer’s retreat in Greece, looking forward to a night of passion. Instead their idyllic night tests their relationship and brings up a discussion of what their future holds.

The R-rated film was screened in only a limited number of theaters, grossing a tidy $8 million. Critics applauded Before Midnight, scoring it with 98%, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

The DVD and Blu-ray contain these special features:

  • commentary with Hawk, Delpy and Linklater
  • featurette “Revisiting Jesse & Celine”
  • Q&A with Hawke, Delpy and Linklater
  • digital copy with UltraViolet.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.