Slacker [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1991]

  • SKU: 1896058
  • Release Date: 09/17/2013
  • Rating: R
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Special Features

  • 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
  • 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 feature, with commentary by the director
  • Woodshock (1985), a 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel
  • Casting tapes featuring select "auditions"
  • 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
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • Plus: a booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson and Sony Pictures Classics copresident Michael Barker; reviews by critics Ron Rosenbaum and Chris Walters; production notes by Linklater; and an introduction to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman


One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Linklater
    Richard Linklater - Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station
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    Stella Weir - Stephanie from Dallas
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    John Slate - "Conspiracy A-Go-Go" Author
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    Louis Mackey - Old Anarchist
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    Joseph Jones - Old Man Recording Thoughts

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unique early work from great director

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    Many people don't seem to understand that Richard Linklater is one of the best American directors of our time. This is one of his earliest works, and it transports you to the feel of early 90s college kids and the weirdness of Austin as well. Another excellent addition to the Criterion Collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Most Random Movie I Think I've Ever Seen


    Richard Linklater's (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly) first film. A low budget look at Generation X. Basically a deadbeat walkathon through a day of existential philosophers and other mind bending random rants on where we are headed and even more so, where we aren't.

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