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The Before Trilogy (Criterion Collection)
Format: Blu-ray Genre: Drama
The Before Trilogy (Criterion Collection)

The Before Trilogy (Criterion Collection)

Format: Blu-ray Genre: Drama
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The Before Trilogy (Criterion Collection) 1995, 2004, 2013

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.

Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise - Richard Linklater 1995 - An exquisitely understated ode to the thrill of romantic possibility, the inaugural installment of The Before Trilogy opens with a chance encounter between two solitary young strangers.

Before Sunset

Before Sunset - Richard Linklater 2004 - Impelled by an urgent sense of the transience of human connection, Before Sunset remains Richard Linklater’s most seductive experiment with time’s inexorable passage and the way love can seem to stop it in its tracks.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight - Richard Linklater 2013 - The conclusion of The Before Trilogy grapples with the complexities of long-term intimacy, and asks what becomes of love when it has no recourse to its past illusions.


  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim"
  • DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater
  • ACTORS: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  • 4 3/4 hrs. Total.
  • Widescreen;
  • Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio
  • Subtitles: English (SDH)
  • audio commentary
  • bonus documentary "Dream is Destiny (2016)
  • featurettes; behind-the-scenes footage.
Director: Richard Linklater
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 2/28/2017
Item #: 1767623X
UPC #: 715515192118
Product Type: Blu-ray

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