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directed by Richard Linklater
USA / Austria / Switzerland 1995

Critic/author/film journalist Robin Wood wrote quite a wonderful piece on "Before Sunrise" in an old issue of Cineaction. I happen to have it on my bookshelf and waited till I had seen the film before reading. His article boldly states...“this film belongs among the dozen or so that exemplify ‘cinema’ at its finest.” Very bold words considering the stature of the man who penned them. The film is, admittedly, extremely personal - one which might garner the description "either you get it or your don't" from bickering viewers. This is how I often described one of my favorite directors , Eric Rohmer. Both Linklater and Rohmer share a common romanticism in their works. Linklater obviously being more modern, but the same emotion is evoked. Overall "Before Sunrise" is quite flawless... perhaps its only fault being it could be considered inconclusive - but it is its obvious intent - and I consider one of its attributes.


Ethan Hawke is one of the best young actors working today. His performance in Alfonso Cuarón's unfairly judged "Great Expectations" helps make that film the hidden masterpiece that it is. Regardless, "Before Sunrise" is fabulous and I understand the sequel, Before Sunset, is likewise appealing. I can't wait.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: January 27th, 1995 - USA

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:40:48
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) , DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, French, None

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78o:1

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• Theatrical Trailer 

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2001

Snapper Case
Chapters: 25


This is a good DVD. Take into account it is from 2001 - it is anamorphic, tight lines, a little on the dark side, but appears to have avoided manipulations. Subtitles are clear yet unobtrusive. There are no extras to speak of. I am happy with the image and audio (a French DUB is offered as an option too). The price sure is right (less than $12)!  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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