Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Before Trilogy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Price: DVD $65.59, Blu-ray $65.59
Studio: Criterion



The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater (Boyhood), the celebrated three-part romance The Before TrilogyBefore Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013)–captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades.
 Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy, 2 Days in New York) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke, Good Kill), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke, who co-wrote two of the films, imbue their characters with a sense of raw, lived-in experience, and as they age on-screen along with them.

Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time’s passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life.

Criterion’s director-approved special editions of the movies include the following:

* New, restored 2K digital transfers of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and a 2K digital master of Before Midnight, approved by director Richard Linklater, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Before Sunrise Blu-ray and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Before Sunset and Before Midnight Blu-rays
* New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones
* Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset
* Audio commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke
* Dream Is Destiny, a 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein
* New documentary about the making of Before Midnight in Greece by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari
* 3×2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater’s work
* Linklater // On Cinema & Time, a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
* An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.