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5.0 out of 5 stars D&C gets the Criterion treatment!, April 21, 2006
This review is from: Dazed & Confused (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
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 year, it's still fun to watch whenever. Oh, and Slater is my favorite character by far. The soundtrack is AWESOME as well, featuring songs by: Aerosmith, Foghat, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, War, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, KISS, Steve Miller Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

This is, hands down, one of the greatest teen movies ever made. People who grew up in the 70's claim this movie captures the time perfectly (just read some of the reviews here!), and this movie is definitely a must see. It'll make every young viewer wish they were there partying and having a good time, and every adult remember the good times they had during their teenage years. So, if you're looking for an entertaining flick to watch or want a flick that you AND your buddies will enjoy, check out "Dazed and Confused".

And for those who are angry that another DVD release of this film is out, you should just give your old D&C DVDs away and grab this one. In fact, Universal are the ones who SCREWED us, the fans, with their lackluster efforts for BOTH of the DVDs they've released (the barebones edition and the Flashback edition). Sure they REMASTERED the film for the Flashback edition, but there could've been so much more on THAT edition. Linklater was supposively going to record a commentary for the Flashback edition, but he didn't meet Universal's deadline, so they decided to release the DVD without the Making Dazed 10th anniversary documentary AND Linklater's commentary, hence, he was disappointed with the Flashback edition DVD, and Criterion gave Linklater enough freedom to put all of the bonus features he wanted on a "Dazed" DVD. They even allowed him and cinematographer Lee Daniel to supervise the high definition transfer of the film that will be used on the Criterion DVD. However, the HD transfer will be down converted to DVD resolution for the DVD release. It's impossible for the standard DVD format to reach the resolution of High Definition, although DVDs (especially now) can look very good.

Special features include the following:
* All new high-definition digital transfer, supervised by Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel
* Audio commentary by Linklater
* "Making Dazed," a 50-minute documentary by filmmaker Kahane Corn
* Booklet featuring new essays by film critic Kent Jones, music critic Jim DeRogatis, and author Chuck Klosterman, plus character profiles, and memories of the film from cast and crew
* More than two hours of rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage featuring cast and crew
* Footage from the 10-year anniversary celebration
* Audition footage
* Deleted Scenes
* Original trailer
* Collectible film poster
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Initial post: May 29, 2012 7:22:35 PM PDT
toby says:
i think the plot is a bunch of kids getting ready for the next stage in their lives. the freshmen getting ready for who their gonna be in high school and what the seniors are gonna do and who who there gonna be there with. I think its just.. whats next.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2015 6:41:13 PM PDT
K. Miller says:
Austin ain't a small town!

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 10:09:37 AM PST
Alec says:
The city is a semi-fictionalized "Travis", Texas. The Moon Tower has signage that references Travis Municipal Utilities.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2016 11:39:28 PM PST
I agree so very much with everything you write in your review except there is one thing I could not disagree with more. Slater drives me out of my frickin' mind every time I see him. The other characters are so naturalistic in their portrayals but Rory Cochrane just needs to chill out! You can tell he is ACTING every second he is on screen. The secret to good acting is for the audience NOT to be able to tell you are acting. Like Wiley Wiggins, who sucked but was still enjoyable because he wasn't trying so hard. Ironically, Rory Cochrane was one of the more enjoyable actors on CSI Miami.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 1:53:21 PM PST
I don't know man, I lived in Texas in 1976, and I don't recall many long haired hippy types in HS. California, yes - Texas, no.
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