The Before Trilogy Blu-ray
DigiPack / The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1995-2013 | 3 Movies | 290 min | Rated R | Feb 28, 2017
Three-disc set (3 BD-50)
The Before Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)(1995-2013) Blu-ray
- Before Sunrise (1995)
An exquisitely understated ode to the thrill of romantic possibility, the inaugural installment of The Before Trilogy follows a chance encounter between two solitary young strangers.
- Before Sunset (2004)
Impelled by an urgent sense of the transience of human connection, Before Sunset remains Linklater's most seductive experiment with time's inexorable passage and the way love can seem to stop it in its tracks.
- Before Midnight (2013)
The bittersweet conclusion of The Before Trilogy grapples with the complexities of long-term intimacy, and asks what becomes of love when it no longer has recourse to past illusions.
Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Walter Lassally, Ariane Labed
The Before Trilogy
Synopsis: The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, 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.
- 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
- PLUS: An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim
STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 28.