For many film buffs out there, The Criterion Collection are an array of must-buy titles that encompass many of the best films of recent times, giving them the five-star treatment with blu-ray and DVD releases, along with a whole host of special features you cannot get anywhere else. At the start of 2015 (so, last week) the little devils at Criterion produced their annual “megaclue” (see below) as to what treats may be in store for collectors in 2015.
Many of the hints in the drawn picture were easy to decipher (Moonrise Kingdom, Inside Llewyn Davis, Two Days, One Night), but the drawing of two suns and a moon left many speculating that, finally, Richard Linklater’s Before… Trilogy (Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight) may finally be set for release together for the first time. And, Before… star Ethan Hawke has confirmed that the company is attempting just that.
“Criterion is trying to get the rights to all three,and do a triptych, which is what we want. So hopefully, that’ll be soon,” he told Collider. So perhaps a nifty little boxsets with some exclusive extras? We are sold, but there is some work ahead for Criterion to make our dreams a reality, as the middle film Before Sunset was released by Warner Bros, whereas Before Sunrise and Before Midnight were sorted by Sony.
Let’s hope any rights wrangles are quick and painless, and we get the beloved Trilogy some time this year.