Slacker [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

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Synopsis

One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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Release Date
9/17/13 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 40 minutes
Sound
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
Region
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photography Lee Daniel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack
  • Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew
  • It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first feature, with commentary by the director
  • Woodshock (1985), a 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel
  • Casting tapes featuring select "auditions"
  • Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary reunion
  • Early film treatment
  • Home movies
  • Ten-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin café Les Amis
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • Plus: a booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson and Sony Pictures Classics copresident Michael Barker; reviews by critics Ron Rosenbaum and Chris Walters; production notes by Linklater; and an introduction to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman
Number of Discs
1

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