Boyhood Boyhood


Richard Linklater

Boyhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)


2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 2014
  • 165 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #839

There has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of twelve years in the director’s native Texas and charts the physical and emotional changes experienced by a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Ethan Hawke), and his older sister (Lorelei Linklater). Alighting not on milestones but on the small, in-between moments that make up lives, Linklater fashions a flawlessly acted, often funny portrait that flows effortlessly from one year to the next. Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.


MomPatricia Arquette
MasonEllar Coltrane
SamanthaLorelei Linklater
DadEthan Hawke
TommyElijah Smith
TedSteven Prince
TeacherBonnie Cross
Elementary school girlSidney Orta
GrandmaLibby Villari
Professor Bill WelbrockMarco Perella
MindyJamie Howard
RandyAndrew Villarreal
Neighborhood friend 1Shane Graham
Neighborhood friend 2Tess Allen
PaulRyan Power
Book trivia judgeSharee Fowler
Book release emceeMark Finn
JimmyCharlie Sexton
BarberByron Jenkins
Mason’s fourth-grade teacherHolly Moore
Liquor store clerkDavid Blackwell
CarolBarbara Chisholm
LeeMatthew Martinez-Arndt
AbbyCassidy Johnson
KennyCambell Westmoreland
Mrs. DarbyJennifer Griffin
“No Obama” manGarry Peters
Obama mamaMerrilee McCommas
TammyTamara Jolaine
TonyJordan Howard
Bully 1Andrew Bunten
Bully 2Tyler Strother
JillEvie Thompson
JimBrad Hawkins
College girl singerSavannah Welch
GabiMika Odom
ChaseSinjin Venegas
CharlieNick Krause
Charlie’s friendDerek Chase
Professor DouglasAngela Rawna
Make-out girlMegan Devine
AnnieJenni Tooley
CooperLandon Collier
EnriqueRoland Ruiz
Grandpa CliffRichard Jones
NanaKaren Jones
PastorGordon Friday
Mr. TurlingtonTom McTigue
NickSam Dillon
Beer pong guyMartel Summers
High school band singerDavid Clark
SheenaZoe Graham
AprilJesse Tilton
Mason’s bossRichard Robichaux
Sam’s college boyfriendWill Harris
HooperIndica Shaw
Guitar playerBruce Salmon
BeatboxWayne Sutton
Band member 1Joe Sundell
Band member 2Sean Tracey
Band member 3Ben Hodges
Band member 4Daniel Zeh
Guy in dinerChris Doubek
Sam’s roommateAndrea Chen
High school teacherMona Lee
Uncle SteveBill Wise
Twin cousin 1Alina Linklater
Twin cousin 2Charlotte Linklater
Woman at partyGenevieve Kinney
Jimmy’s bandmate 1Elijah Ford
Jimmy’s bandmate 2Kyle Crusham
Jimmy’s bandmate 3Conrad Choucroun
DaltonMaximillian McNamara
BarbTaylor Weaver
NicoleJessi Mechler


Disc Features


  • New 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Linklater and nine members of the film’s cast and crew
  • New documentary chronicling the film’s production, featuring footage shot over the course of its twelve years
  • New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, moderated by producer John Pierson
  • New conversation between Coltrane and actor Ethan Hawke
  • New video essay by critic Michael Koresky about time in Linklater’s films, narrated by Coltrane
  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays


Boyhood: The Moment Seizes You

By Jonathan Lethem October 10, 2016

Filmed over the course of twelve years, Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age portrait is an astonishing experiment in cinematic time. Read more »



Did You See This?

January 27, 2017

In a new interview with Film Comment, Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak discusses his collaborations with Krzysztof Kieślowski and his transition to working on Hollywood films like Gattaca . . . Read more »



Did You See This?

October 28, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, the travel blog Atlas Obscura has put together a map of creepy movie locations across America, including the Pennsylvania theater featured in The Blob and the . . . Read more »



Out of Time: Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane on Boyhood

October 14, 2016

Throughout his career, Richard Linklater has found innovative ways to evoke the passage of time and its profound effect on our relationships, our memories, and our experience of the world around . . . Read more »

Film Essays


Boyhood: The Moment Seizes You

By Jonathan Lethem October 10, 2016

Filmed over the course of twelve years, Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age portrait is an astonishing experiment in cinematic time. Read more »


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Boyhood (Criterion DVD)


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