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The Before Trilogy (Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight) (the Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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|Format||Subtitled, Widescreen, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound|
|Contributor||Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater|
|Runtime||4 hours and 50 minutes|
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Richard Linklater’s incomparable three-part romance and meditation on time
Now available in one box set
The cornerstone of director Richard Linklater’s career‑long exploration of cinematic time, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, and strains over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), 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 imbue their characters with a sense of lived-in experience, and age on-screen along with them. The Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life.
Director-Approved Special Edition Features
- New, restored versions approved by director Richard Linklater
- New discussion featuring Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke
- Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews
- Two documentaries, and a video essay
- Episode of the radio program Fresh Air featuring host Terry Gross, Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke
- And more!
The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater (Boyhood), this celebrated three-part romance 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) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), 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 cowrote 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.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- 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 Before Sunrise and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on Before Sunset and Before Midnight
- 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
- 3x2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater s work
- Linklater // On Cinema & Time, a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
- Plus: An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 10.72 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 43380381
- Director : Richard Linklater
- Media Format : Subtitled, Widescreen, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 4 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : February 28, 2017
- Actors : Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B01N1FEV1C
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 3
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Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
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******Spoiler****** When Celine sang that song to Jesse at the close...wow, what an ending!
When I heard they were finally working on the third film, I was ecstatic. I also knew this would probably be the last we would see of Jesse and Celine. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I eventually found a DVD copy of Before Sunrise, but at this point Blu-rays were the thing. After Before Midnight was released on Blu, I wanted to wait until a trilogy of some sort was released. So I waited, and waited, and even started wondering if it would ever be released. Finally those of us fan boys and girls have our day! What a beautiful set with extras to keep you occupied for hours. As with most in demand Criterion releases, I would snap this one up as soon as you can, because it may disappear into that sunset before you realize.
On the other hand, the product itself could improve a little bit. The artwork and the little booklet inside of it are gorgeous and I have no complains about them whatsoever . The features included in the DVDs are also great. However, what actually kind of deluded me was the quality of the cardboard cover that keeps everything together: it was very weak. Since it was a 60 dollar product I think that Criterion could have used a slightly better material.
Leaving that aside, I definitely encourage whoever who wants to own the Before trilogy on DVD to buy this version because it is undoubtedly the best one on the market!
The extras, Criterion's true calling card are magnificent as well.. If you love these films as I do then go ahead and pull the trigger, you won't be disappointed over the next years as you re-watch them and some subtle insight you did not pick up before in an early viewing (or an earlier point of your life) will be revealed. Like all great literature, these change in their dynamic meaning at different points in your life.
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Punto y aparte merece la edición de Criterion Collection, que es la única que ofrece las tres películas en Blu Ray y, como es costumbre, van más allá de una transferencia entre formatos, son una joya audiovisual.
Reviewed in Mexico 🇲🇽 on April 25, 2021
Sin duda una excelente inversión.