While we celebrate Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love” coming to The Criterion Collection today, more amazing news arrives in the form of February new additions, which just so happens to include a box set that is bound to cause some major swooning from Richard Linklater fans.
The director’s seminal “Before” Trilogy, which includes “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004) and “Before Midnight” (2013), will finally join the Criterion library, which cinephiles expected would happen sooner than later after “Boyhood” joined the collection in October. Rumors started swirling last summer about a potential box set, and now Criterion has confirmed the release.
The “Before” Trilogy Criterion set includes restored 2K digital transfers of the first two installments and a 2K digital master of “Before Midnight,” all approved by director Richard Linklater. Behind-the-scenes content includes “Dream is Destiny,” the 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein, and a new documentary about the making of “Midnight” in Greece from filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari. A new discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke also appears.
Other new titles joining Criterion in February are Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” a 4K restoration of Ermanno Olmi’s “The Tree of Wooden Clogs,” Michael Curtiz’s classic melodrama “Mildred Pierce” and Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” which hit theaters only this year to unanimous acclaim. For bonus features and more information on February’s new additions, plus pre-ordering options, head over to the Criterion website here.