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BOYHOOD

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  164 minutes, featurette, Q and A

VIDEO: (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English Audio Description, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Paramount/ IFC Films/ IFC Productions/ Detour

RELEASE DATE: 1-6-2014

BOYHOOD is writer/ director Richard Linklater’s bold experiment of making a movie over 12 years chronicling a family as a boy grows up and changes from a kid to leaving for college.   The cast would meet for a week each year to shoot off center moments in the lives of a mother (Patricia Arquette), her son Mason (Ellar Coltrane), her daughter (Lorelei Linklater), and their father Mason sr. (Ethan Hawke) who sees the kids every other weekend in addition to the people that go in and out of their lives.   BOYHOOD is a little long where I do think it would have benefited from being shorter since the first hour drags on for too long before the movie gets lots more interesting as the son and the mother get older.  You do get to relate to some things in this movie and it will vary depending on the person and your own experiences growing up and whether you are a parent.   BOYHOOD evolved over the course of 12 years like life evolves.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE 12 YEAR PROJECT- interviews with Richard Linklater and the four leads (who even interview each other during the course of the 12 years)

 

Q&A WITH RICHARD LINKLATER AND THE CAST- this is 50 minute Q&A session that took place after a screening at CineFamily as the director and most of the cast (except Lorelei) seem at ease as they answer questions about their experiences making the movie and how it relates to their own lives

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  BOYHOOD is a unique film and you probably won’t see many movies made like this one over a 12 year period with a possibility it might never get finished.   Kudos to IFC taking a gamble on backing this project.  I do think it would have been a little better if it was edited tighter, but I would like to congratulate the movie on winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette)  at the Golden Globes.  Go rent the movie now to see why everyone is buzzing about it.

 

This review is 1-12-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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