New Release: Dazed and Confused (Criterion) Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The boys are back in town in Dazed and Confused.

We’ve always got room on our shelves for Dazed and Confused, the comedy portrait of teen life in the mid-1970s that brims with Camaros, weed, high school hazing, weed, keg parties and more weed — especially if it’s from Criterion. (And don’t forget all the stars who launched their careers with the film, including Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (The Town), Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Milla Jovovich (Stone) and Parker Posey (You’ve Got Mail).)

Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult movie favorite comes two month after Universal issued its own high-definition version. The big difference between the two editions lies in the bonus features on the discs: The Universal Blu-ray has only a few (including deleted scenes and a few period public service announcements), while the Criterion Blu-ray has a whole lot more, all of which appeared on the label’s previously released DVD edition. Cool!

Criterion’s disc also features a high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.

Here’s a list of of the special features that come with the Criterion Blu-ray:

  • audio commentary by Linklater
  • Making Dazed 50-minute documentary by Kahane Corn
  • rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • footage from the 10-year anniversary celebration
  • audition footage and deleted scenes
  • original theatrical trailer
  • booklet featuring essays by Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman; memories of the film from the cast and crew; character profiles; and the original film poster by Frank Kozik


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.