Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Boyhood

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 6, 2015; Digital Release Date: Dec. 9
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD $39.98
Studio: Paramount

Filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s (Bernie)  2014 film drama Boyhood is a story about growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen==from the ages of 5 through 18—before the audience’s eyes.

Boyhood movie scene

Ellar Coltrane stars in Boyhood

Starring Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers) and Patricia Arquette (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater (the filmmaker’s daughter) as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between unspool on the screen, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s ‘Yellow” to Arcade Fire’s “Deep Blue.”

Theatrically, the R-rated Boyhood has garnered universal critical acclaim, achieving a 99% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based upon 204 published reviews. At the box office, the movie has rang up a healthy $25 million at the domestic box office since its limited release to U.S. theaters in July, 2014.

The Blu-ray edition of the film contains the following features:

  • The 12 Year Project
  • Q&A with Richard Linklater and the Cast


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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.