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Dazed and Confused - Starring Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, et al. (The Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray - 2011)

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School's out for summer and the kids are looking to party in Dazed and Confused, the brilliant ensemble comedy/drama from writer/director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life). Set in Austin, Texas, on the last day of the school year in 1976, the film follows a large ensemble cast over a single 24-hour period as they celebrate the arrival of summer with car trunks full of Bud and a seemingly endless supply of pot. While everyone will ultimately converge on one big beer bash, the first half of the film centers on initiation rituals in which the senior girls and guys haze the incoming freshmen. It's a fascinating portrait of a tradition that combines institutionalized violence and tribal rites of passage. Yet here, as in the rest of the film, Linklater eschews the kind of detached satire practiced by contemporaries like Todd Solondz. Dazed and Confused may expose the vapidity of this mid-'70s suburban world, yet Linklater embraces his characters and milieu with the same big-hearted compassion that George Lucas displayed in American Graffiti. Indeed, Dazed and Confused can be seen as a virtual homage to the Lucas masterpiece, with the same loving attention to an era's clothes, hairstyles, and, of course, music. As in Graffiti, period pop songs provide the soundtrack for the characters' lives as they cruise around town, with 8-track tapes blasting the likes of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, War, Peter Frampton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The ensemble cast includes Wiley Wiggins (star of Linklater's Waking Life), Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and a host of others whose naturalistic acting evokes a remarkable feeling of authenticity. And the easy way in which Linklater weaves introspective and even metaphysical themes into a slice-of-life comedy is completely engaging. The result is both a brilliant, microcosmic portrait of an era and an offbeat mediation on the rituals of teen life.

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Cast & Crew - Dazed and Confused
Performance Credits
Jason London
(Films)(Biography) Randy "Pink" Floyd
Wiley Wiggins
(Films) Mitch Kramer
Rory Cochrane
(Films)(Biography) Slater
Milla Jovovich
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Michelle
Joey Lauren Adams Simone
Marissa Ribisi Cynthia
Adam Goldberg Mike
Anthony Rapp Tony
Sasha Jenson Don Dawson
Parker Posey Darla
Matthew McConaughey Wooderson
Ben Affleck O'Bannion
Michelle Burke Jodi Kramer
Cole Hauser Benny
Jason Smith Melvin
Nicky Katt Clint
Deena Martin Shavonne
Shawn Andrews Kevin Pickford
David Blackwell Liquor Store Clerk
Richard Dillard Pickford's Dad
Mona Lee Fultz Mitch's Mother
Erika Geminder Freshman Girl
Christine Harnos Kaye
Christin Hinojosa Sabrina
Kim Krizan Ms. Stroud
Fred Lerner Guy with Pistol
John L. Martin 2nd Cop
Zeke Mills Old Timer
Diane Perella Sabrina's Mom
Don Phillips Actor
Esteban Powell Carl
Doug Taylor 1st Cop
Zack Taylor 1st Geek
Julius Tennon Mr. Payne

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Lee Daniel Cinematographer
Sean Daniel Producer
John Frick Production Designer
James Jacks Producer
Deborah Pastor Set Decoration/Design
Kari Perkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Walker-McBay Co-producer

Product Details
Actors: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Burke, Matthew McConaughey
Directors: Richard Linklater
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
Run Time: 102 minutes

Special Features:
Audio commentary featuring Linklater ;
Making "Dazed," a fifty-minute documentary by Kahane Corn;
Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage ;
Footage form the ten-year anniversary celebration;
Audition footage and deleted scenes;
Original theatrical trailer;
A booklet featuring essays by Kent Jones,
Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman;
reprinted recollections of the filming from cast and crew;
and character profiles from the Dazed and Confused companion book

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