Sony to Release Richard Linklater's Before Midnight (Updated)
Posted September 3, 2013 04:11 PM by Webmaster
Sony Pictures will bring to Blu-ray director Richard Linklater's highly anticipated romantic comedy Before Midnight (2013), starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the United States on October 22.
Richard Linklater directs this romantic drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). 18 years have passed since American Jesse (Hawke) and Frenchwoman Céline (Delpy) met on a trans-European train and fell in love while wandering the streets of Vienna. Jesse wrote a novel based on the experience which became a US bestseller and led him to meet Céline again after an interval of almost a decade, where the spark of their initial encounter was still present. The latest film finds the pair living as a couple in Paris, proud parents to two young girls. However, their lives are far from perfect. Frustrated at her inability to match Jesse's professional success, Céline is considering a change in career. Jesse, meanwhile, is struggling to connect with his teenage son Hank (Davey-Fitzpatrick), who is visiting from Chicago for the summer.
Note: The rights for the previous two films, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), are controlled by Warner Brothers. In the United States, the two films are available only on DVD. See our listings here and here.
Audio Commentary with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater
Revisiting Jesse & Céline
Q&A with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Damn, I was too hoping that Criterion would be able to get all 3 to do the trilogy completely, much like the Three Colors set, if only Warner Bros would release the first 2.. As much as I loved the "Before" trilogy, if not for Trois Colors: Blanc (3 colors white) I don't know if I would have found out who Julie Delpy is..
@Born2BeBlu It's more likely a licensing thing. WB and Sony probably don't want to give up the rights to Criterion right away. Also Criterion lost/gave up the rights to Armageddon (and many others) hence why there's no Criterion bluray of it. Also look at Wes Anderson. All his movies usually come to Criterion. Darjeeling Limited took some time after Fox released their DVD of it. I'm sure we'll see Criterion's of Fantastic Mr Fox (Fox) and Moonrise Kingdom (Universal/Focus) eventually.
If Criterion can't get these I hope eventually WB & Sony work together to bring us a bluray box set at some point. It's a shame that WB didn't pick up Midnight. Would of made everything nice and easy.
Linklater said in an interview a couple months back that a trilogy box set is coming, loaded with features, but not from Criterion. Next to CC, Sony's the best at their blu-ray releases. Nothing to sneeze at here.
$35.99 MSRP? Yikes. I'm buying this regardless, but geez...that's pretty steep. Guess they're trying to recoup some of the box office that this series doesn't generate. Hopefully it'll come down substantially by the end of October.
And so Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" becomes the latest Sony title to be added to The Sony Shitlist.
"The Sony Shitlist" is the list of those titles which Sony controls and which Sony have inexplicably put out on DVD to DIE in the UK, with no UK Blu-ray release in sight.
The UK is one of Sony's largest markets.
Other Sony titles joining to The Sony Shitlist, in just the last 12-18months, include:
Adventures in Zambezia
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
Damsels In Distress
Hatfields & McCoys
Justified Season 3
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Neil Young Journeys
To Rome with Love
Think Like a Man
West of Memphis
The above list doesn't even include those dozens of titles from Sony's back catalog which Sony have never bothered to put out on Blu-ray in the UK (i.e. in the last 12-18 months), titles from Sony's back catalog which Sony HAVE already released elsewhere (i.e. in the last 12-18 months).
Unfortunately The Digital Bits is reporting that Warner Bros has no plans for the immediate future to release the previous 2 films on Blu-Ray anytime soon.. If they were available anywhere on Blu-Ray I'd be able to get them, but alas I have never seen them released anywhere outside of North America.