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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Before Sunrise

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): C2531
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for some strong language.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/30/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Linklater
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Before Sunrise is a lovely romantic tale infused with wit and humor. The story is about a single night in Vienna that is shared by a young couple who have just met on a Eurorail train. Jesse (Hawke) is a journalist from Texas, fresh from a broken romance. When he invites Celine (Delpy), a French graduate student bound for Paris, to join him for an adventurous evening on the town, he knows full well that in the morning they must part forever.

DVD Picture:
Compared to the unnatural, oversaturated quality of the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 16, the well-balanced image quality on the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is a welcome improvement. While reddish and inconsistent on the LaserDisc, fleshtones are refined on the DVD. Colors are nicely rendered with natural hues and deep blacks. The majority of the picture exhibits sharp and detailed images, but some scenes are soft or plugged-up. Minor pixelization is noticed on occasion. The darker scenes are wanting in clarity and shadow delineation. Source element artifacts are infrequent. Overall, the picture is an improvement over the LaserDisc, but viewed alone, is generally unimpressive.

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