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(aka "Before Sunrise 2" or "If Not Now" or "Untitled Before Sunrise Sequel")

directed by Richard Linklater
USA2004

Richard Linklater’s gorgeous follow up to his equally brilliant 1995 film Before Sunrise, finds us catching up with the characters nine years later. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play Jesse and Celine, two free spirits who met and possibly fell in love in Vienna nine years earlier, and planned a youthfully romantic follow-up love tryst, doomed to failure. Fate reunites the two as the film unfolds in real time, taking the form of an 80-minute walk around Paris. The dialogue, written by the two principle leads and based on a scenario by Linklater and co-writer Kim Krizan, perfectly captures the starts and stops, uneasy transitions and circumlocutions of real life conversation. Comparisons to Eric Rohmer are inevitable, however given Linklater’s previous output and experiments with cinematic time, it’s clear that he is an original. This is a carefully calculated, subtly executed piece of filmmaking. The camera fluidly tracks these two vibrant souls, keeping its distance, often framing in medium to long shot, trusting in the dialogue and the audiences ability to listen to what these people are saying. The result, an unforgettable and strikingly rich experience that’s likely to prove inspirational to the lost love in anyone’s heart. This is easily the best American film of the year and possibly the most romantic ever made. Julie Delpy contributed to the lovely soundtrack (Available HERE).   out of   

Adam Lemke

 

In the breathtaking follow-up to Before Sunrise, Celine tracks down Jesse, now an author, at the tail end of his book tour in Paris, with only a few hours left before he is to board a flight back home to the States. Meeting almost a decade after their short-lived romance in Vienna, the pair find their chemistry rekindled by increasingly candid exchanges about professional setbacks, marital disappointments, and the compromises of adulthood. 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.

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Theatrical Release: 10 February 2004 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Presently, only available in Criterion's "The Before Trilogy" Blu-ray

  

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC Criterion Collection Spine # 858 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:12 1:20:31.868
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 48,891,229,370 bytes

Feature Size: 24,622,688,256 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.20 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 3468 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3468 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer 

• "On the Set of Before Sunset' 4:3 widescreen (9:40)

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2004

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Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1

Disc Size: 48,891,229,370 bytes

Feature Size: 24,622,688,256 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.20 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC

Edition Details:

• Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny, a feature-length 2016 documentary about the director by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein (1:29:52)
• Linklater // On Cinema & Time, a 2016 video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada (8:28)
• Behind-the-scenes footage from the film’s production (9:44)
 

Blu-ray  Release Date:  February 28th, 2017
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Chapters:

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray - January 17': Like the entire "Before Trilogy" package this is described as "New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Richard Linklater". The visual improvement over SD is, like Before Sunrise, more modest partially a factor of how the film was shot - less glossy, some inherent softness etc. The Criterion is brighter with a slight shift in colors (skin tones) and it shows more information in the frame on the side edges and slightly less on the top of the frame.

 

Obviously Criterion's robust lossless, DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround (24-bit) is a significant leap beyond the lossy Dolby of the Warner DVD. This is noticeable, mostly, in the film's soundtrack. Multi-talented Julie Delpy does some of the music (composing and performing) in Before Sunset including An Ocean Apart, A Waltz For A Night, Je T'aime Tant - other may recognize Nina Simone singing Just In Time and Bach's Goldberg Variation Number 25. Criterion have added optional English (SDH) subtitles and their Blu-ray is region 'A'-locked but it is possible that it might be released in the UK (with a region 'B'-coding) in the future.

 

Supplements include Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny, a 1.5 hour-long 2016 documentary about the director by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein for the PBS series American Masters. It is an intimate look at Richard Linklater's early filmmaking career. Interviewees include actors Jack Black, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Matthew McConaughey, filmmaker Jonathan Demme; editor Sandra Adair; and members of the Linklater family. Linklater // On Cinema & Time is an 8-minute 2016 video essay by filmmaker ::kogonada where he postulates on his statement - "If cinema is the art of our time, Linklater is one of its most thoughtful and engaged directors. Unlike other filmmakers identified as auteurs, Linklater's distinction is found not on the surface of his films, but rather in their DNA, as ongoing conversations with cinema, which is to say, with time itself." There is also about 10-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film’s production. The Criterion "The Before Trilogy" package includes, Blu-rays of Before Sunrise and Before Midnight, and a liner notes booklet with an essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim.

 

Before Sunset is my favorite of the three (most Romer-esque?) but the films should be viewed as the completed trilogy they are. It was such a pleasure revisiting and gaining the benefit of the newer format's presentation value - plus the wonderful extras. Absolutely recommended! 

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ON THE DVD: A softer palette than "Before Sunrise", and skin tones look a little red to me. Sharpness is there, decent contrast levels, no significant edge enhancement. Again the DVD image is dark and I expect it is a Linklater touch. It's nice that an extra of the short featurette is included. A Commentary would have been better and probably appropriate for it being a sequel with the same cast. Good 16X9 subtitles and fine dialogue-heavy untested 5.1 track(s). Funny note the DVD (maybe mine is Canadian) says 'Quebec DUB' for the French track. I suppose Quebecois were getting miffed at the Parisian style dubs on R1 disc and complained.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze


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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC Criterion Collection Spine # 858 - Region 'A' Blu-ray


 

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