Boyhood 2014 Criterion Collection
Talk about a life's work. Richard Linklater spent 12 years creating this film. Now, that's not 12 years keeping an idea alive, waiting for a technology to come along, or hassling producers. That's 12 years making the movie. He started filming a seven-year-old in 2002, kept filming him as he grew up, and just released the final product. Now, again just to clarify, that's the same boy over a 12 year span, the same side characters, the same area of the country. It's an amazing concept, a brand-new way of producing a story, a feat that's almost difficult to wrap your mind around. And in no way is this a biography, unless you consider it Linklater's tale of his own growing up. Boyhood is a drama on a grand scale, an epic with no frills, a plot with unparalleled scope, one hell of a movie.

Meet Mason. He's a Texas boy, son of a single mom, brother of a snotty older sister, creative but distracted at school; not much different than you or me. His dad hasn't been around for a few years, but when the family and the estranged father all find themselves in the same city, Mason and his sister begin a relationship with a man they barely know. Their mother has problems of her own, marrying a string of losers that would rather drink than spend quality time with their new family unit, trying to get her degree while still working to support her kids. And all the while Mason grows up; changing with the times, meeting new friends, making mistakes, experimenting with drugs & haircuts, living the standard American life while trying to be different; again, not too abnormal. We follow Mason over the course of 12 years, from childhood to college, from boyhood to independence, through the changes that will shape his life forever.

Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith, Lorelei Linklater
Country: USA
Genre: Drama


* The Film
• New audio commentary featuring Linklater and nine members of the film’s cast and crew

• Twelve Years - a new documentary chronicling the film’s production, featuring footage shot over the course of its twelve years (49:28)
• Memories of the Present - a new discussion featuring Linklater and actors Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, moderated by producer John Pierson (57:35)
• Always Now - a new conversation between Coltrane and actor Ethan Hawke (30:10)
• Time of Your Life - a new video essay by critic Michael Koresky about time in Linklater’s films, narrated by Coltrane (12:29)
• Through the Years - Collection of portraits of the cast and crew by photographer Matt Lankes, narrated with personal thoughts from Linklater, Arquette, Hawke, Coltrane, and producer Cathleen Sutherland (23:59)

BD50 + BD25 | 1080p AVC | 02:45:28 | 67.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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