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Sony to Release Richard Linklater's Before Midnight (Updated)

Posted September 3, 2013 04:11 PM by Webmaster

Sony PicturesSony 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.


Update

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater
  • Revisiting Jesse & Céline
  • Q&A with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater




Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (25 comments)



Lavender Brown
  Aug 27, 2013
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Get off your butts WB and release the first two already.
ckyrico
  Aug 27, 2013
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Was kinda hoping Criterion would acquire the rights to all three and release a trilogy Blu set. It's a total fantasy, but crazier things have happened haha

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nathanp
  Aug 27, 2013
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I'd be in for a trilogy set as well, shouldn't take too long.

rotatingfish
  Aug 27, 2013
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Wholeheartedly agree with ckyrico's Criterion idea, would look good beside he 'Qatsi and Three Colours Trilogies.

Guydowood
  Aug 27, 2013
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so another series that has missing parts on blu. i.e Rush Hour 2
blueman_Richie
  Aug 27, 2013
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At least the US is getting this one on Blu. As usual, Sony gives the UK fuck all!

Phxsns1
  Aug 27, 2013
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You better give this to Criterion at some point, Sony...

starman15317
  Aug 27, 2013
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Day 1!

Born2BeBlu
  Aug 27, 2013
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Let me get this straight - ARMAGEDDON gets the Criterion treatment 15 years ago, yet Criterion has yet to even consider adding BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET to its illustrious catalog?

Where's the sense and justice in that?
scoldsteve
  Aug 27, 2013
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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..

MikeScott
  Aug 27, 2013
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Best film of the year so far. Loved it. Love this series. Want the first two on Blu-ray badly.
MagellanvsHimself
  Aug 27, 2013
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And the other two?
hahe71
  Aug 27, 2013
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@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.

ShellOilJunior
  Aug 27, 2013
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Still possible 'Midnight' is licensed out. Sony did release Easy Rider on blu-ray then licensed it out to Criterion as part of the BBS set. I don't think it's likely but there's some hope.

lordmorpheus72
  Aug 27, 2013
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can't wait, missed this at my local arthouse. too bad license will keep a trilogy box set from happening.
KindredCoda
  Aug 28, 2013
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I don't get why Linklater's "Waking Life" isn't yet out on Blu-ray. Like "A Scanner Darkly", the end master is probably digital in nature and could easily be transferred to disc.
Terrifyer
  Aug 28, 2013
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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.

TheShape31
  Aug 28, 2013
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KindredCoda-

Waking Life was released on blu-ray in Germany (Region Free) and is readily available.

movieman1979
  Aug 28, 2013
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KindredCoda, I've been hoping for a Waking Life blu for years, and if handled by Criterion, all the better

Croweyes1121
  Aug 29, 2013
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$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.
KindredCoda
  Sep 03, 2013
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TheShape31: Good to know!

Herry Dunston
  Sep 03, 2013
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I didn't think a Before movie would have an audio commentary track, nevermind one with all three key players involved.
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Kuros
  Sep 04, 2013
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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
Courageous
Damsels In Distress
Detention
Hatfields & McCoys
Justified Season 3
Hysteria
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Meeting Evil
Neil Young Journeys
Restles
Small Apartments
Smashed
Sparkle
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).
teamneedle
  Sep 04, 2013
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"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. "

Not completely true, if you really wanted an HD version, both of the previous films are available in HD on amazon and vudu in a digital 1080p digital version.
scoldsteve
  Sep 04, 2013
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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.


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