The most talked about movie of the year is now available on Blu-ray. Boyhood has wound up on a number of Top 10 lists for 2014 and earned many nominations from various guilds, and a healthy amount of criticism debating whether its conceit was aesthetic or just a gimmick. Director Richard Linklater filmed young actors Ellar Coltrane and his daughter Lorelei Linklater, along with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their divorced parents, every year for 12 years to complete the portrait of growing up.
The Blu-ray makes a good case for continuing to shoot on film. The picture is able to display bright colors and lush green outdoor scenes. It may also make a case against shooting on film, as some of the nighttime scenes or dark interiors suffer from a bit of digital noise. That may be more of a comment on how technicians can no longer transfer film to HD in the optimal quality.
We covered the film a lot in its release, interviewing Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, but with 12 years of material it should be no surprise that there is plenty more to discover on the Blu-ray, and DVD edition of Boyhood. Here are 12 more things we learned about Boyhood from the bonus features on the Blu-ray.