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Dazed and Confused (1993)

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Gramercy Pictures (I) released Dazed and Confused to theaters on February 10, 1994. Richard Linklater directed the film starring Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, and Matthew McConaughey.

‘Dazed and Confused’ Criterion Summary

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused 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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Special Features


  • New high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks (DVD edition); 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (Blu-ray edition)
  • Audio commentary by Linklater
  • Making Dazed, a fifty-minute documentary by Kahane Corn
  • Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Footage from the ten-year anniversary celebration
  • Audition footage and deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring new 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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Gramercy Pictures (I) released Dazed and Confused to theaters on February 10, 1994. Richard Linklater directed the film starring Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, and Matthew McConaughey.

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  1. Interesting podcast. I guess a requirement is for you all to purchase the DVDs first? Hope that doesn’t prevent you from picking movies you haven’t seen, since that’s a pricey requirement. one of the pleasures of criterion for me,is to introduce me to films I haven’t seen(like the mizoguchi films I mentioned to Patrick)
    I still rent DVDs/blurays, my library has a ton of criterion. Unfortunately Shane, filmstruck is no more. But criterion just announced yesterday that they are launching a new streaming service. Looking forward to Spartacus(will Chris join?) that’s a very early criterion, surprised they never upgraded with a blu Ray. Also walkabout is a great film(director Nicolas Roeg passed away recently)

    1. I am signed up for that new Criterion Channel. It starts in April. It should be great. I miss Film Struck.

      I will not be on many of these new podcasts…there will be crossover shows where they overlap with Movie House Memories, Lunchtime Movie Review, etc. I will be on those.

    2. Thanks for the feedback, Eddie. Yes, we have to buy them all to review the title. You’re absolutely right in how pricey some of these titles are when purchasing. However, the local library can help with a few of the more common titles. Thank God. :-) About 2/3rds of my 200 Criterion DVDs are titles I’ve not only never seen but had never heard of so this will be new territory in some cases. With each podcaster rotating title choices by preference, it will be a bit of a smorgasbord. Since it’s a new podcast series for us, we’re still feeling our way through but makes for some interesting conversations about extras we’ve never really touched on before. Will be anxious to see what you think. Have a great week! :-)

      1. Wow, you have 200 criterions? That’s impressive! Yeah I understand you’re feeling your way through. I generally prefer to hear about the movies than about the extras(but the commentary discussions are about the movie). If you ever do The Red Shoes I hope Lori can join.

        1. If we do The Red Shoes, we’ll make sure to send an invite to Lori if she would like to participate. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)

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