Dazed and Confused (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

November 18, 2013 - Comment

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rules. Among the best teen films ever made, Dazed and Confused, directed by Richard Linklater (Slacker), eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features

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America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rules. Among the best teen films ever made, Dazed and Confused, directed by Richard Linklater (Slacker), eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting… for something to happen.

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Zack H. says:

D&C gets the Criterion treatment! I love this movie. It’s one of my favorite teen comedies. It helped jump start the careers of the film’s soon-to-be stars, such as: Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane, Jason London, and Milla Jovovich, to name a few. By the end of my first viewing, I was hooked. I became obsessed with the movie, and have seen it so many times that I’ve lost count, and it’s still fresh and hilarious with every viewing (which is rare for a film)! It has become one of my favorite movies of all time, as well.It doesn’t necessarily have a plot, it’s basically about the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The soon-to-be seniors are initiating the soon-to-be freshmen, A few friends are trying to get Aerosmith tickets, and everyone is trying to party or get stoned, drunk, or laid. Oh yeah. Dazed and Confused is definitely a cult classic, and a movie I could watch easily over a million times. Even though it’s about the END of the school…

Cubist says:

“You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.” Fans of this movie have had to suffer two bare bones editions before finally being richly rewarded with this new special edition from the fine folks at the Criterion Collection.The first disc features an audio commentary by writer/director Richard Linklater who is clearly still bitter about how the studio screwed him over and mentions it frequently. He talks at length about which parts of the film are autobiographical in his usual, easygoing, genial way, delivering yet another top notch track filled with great anecdotes, smart observations and cautionary tales about the dangers of working with a Hollywood studio.Also included are 17 deleted scenes, including footage of Pink and his friends stealing the statues that we see later on in the film painted as the band members from Kiss.There is also a theatrical trailer.The second disc kicks off with an impressive, 50 minute retrospective documentary entitled “Making Dazed” that combines…

Jeffrey Leach says:

It WILL hit close to home “Dazed and Confused” represents one of the better entries in the film genre fans affectionately refer to as the stoner picture. After viewing this movie, I started thinking about this much maligned cinematic rubric. How many films, I wondered, fall within this category? Well, there are the Cheech and Chong movies that emerged in the 1970s, a series of films that really deserve their own special niche. What else? “The Stoned Age” came out one year after “Dazed and Confused” arrived on the scene. There are probably many more that I could not recall, but the mother of all stoner films has to be the amazing “Over the Edge,” a movie notable for showcasing Matt Dillon in his first film roll, but also because of its gritty ’70s feel and its wonderful fusion of youthful alienation with suburban sprawl. “Over the Edge,” sadly unavailable on DVD as of this date, should serve as the standard by which viewers should measure all other stoner films…

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