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Slacker (1990) Strolls Onto Criterion Blu-ray This September

The Criterion Collection has announced the addition of the cult comedy Slacker to their upcoming slate of Blu-ray releases. The film was written and directed by Richard Linklater and starred Linklater, Rudy BasquezJean CaffeineJan HockeyStephan Hockey, and Mark JamesSlacker is currently available for pre-order online and will be available in stores everywhere beginning on September 17th.

Slacker presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and over-educated young people. Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990’s.

The Blu-ray will include several special features, including:

  • New, 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 on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 full-length feature, with commentary by the director
  • Woodshock, a 1985 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel
  • Casting tapes featuring select “auditions” from the more-than-100-member cast
  • “The Roadmap,” the working script for Slacker, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes (DVD)
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes (Blu-ray)
  • 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
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos (DVD only)
  • Slacker culture essay by Linklater (DVD only)
  • Information about the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings (DVD only)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by author and film­maker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman

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