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Directed by Richard Linklater
USA 1993

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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Theatrical Release: September 10th, 1993 - Toronto Film Festival

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2) Universal - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 336 - Region 1 - NTSC Universal  - Region FREE - Blu-ray Criterion Collection - Spine # 336 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:42:18  1:42:21.969 1:42:28.183
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,237,300,078 bytes

Feature: 30,609,346,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,915,305,207 bytes

Feature: 23,226,974,208 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Universal Blu-ray

Bitrate: Criterion Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS) DTS-HD Master Audio English 4354 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4354 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4366 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4366 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, None English, French, Spanish, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Linklater
• "Making Dazed," a 50-minute documentary by filmmaker Kahane Corn
• Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
• Footage from the 10-year anniversary celebration
• Audition footage
• Deleted Scenes
• Original trailer
• 72-page book featuring new essays by Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman, plus character profiles, and memories of the film from cast and crew. And the original film poster designed by Frank Kozik

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,237,300,078 bytes

Feature: 30,609,346,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Deleted Scenes (14:27)
• The Blunt Truth (4:22)
• 2 Retro Public Services Announcements (VD Is For Everyone + Crying Indian) - 2:04

My Scenes

U-Control

BD-Live

Blu-ray Release Date: August 9th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 31
 

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,915,305,207 bytes

Feature: 23,226,974,208 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Linklater
• "Making Dazed," a 50-minute documentary by filmmaker Kahane Corn
• Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
• Footage from the 10-year anniversary celebration
• Audition footage
• Deleted Scenes
• Original trailer
• Liner notes book featuring new essays by Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman, plus character profiles, and memories of the film from cast and crew. And the original film poster designed by Frank Kozik

Blu-ray Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 19

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - October 11': Universal came out with their Blu-ray in August of 2011 and only 2 months later Criterion have released their own 1080P package. The visual differences? well, Universal seem to have the more robust technical transfer for the film - although I often lean to the Criterion with warmer skin tones. My eyes were starting to go square identifying differences between the two - but you can see there is more information in the top of the Universal frame and more in the bottom of the Criterion. Both are 1.85:1. The Criterion may be a shade 'harsher' and the Universal more passive in terms of color and balance. I doubt anyone would complain about either video transfer. They are both consistent and supply a solid HD presentation of Linklater's film.

Audio is a wash - both excellent. Strong lossless DTS-HD Master 5.1 at over 4000 kbps. The film never tests the depth and separations exist and are crisp although I wouldn't say a big part of the film presentation. It's strength is the dialogue and effects are less-relevant. Music is a big part from Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" to "Free Ride" by The Edgar Winter Group. It sounds super with buoyancy and resonance. Both discs offer optional subtitles. The Universal is region FREE and the Criterion is Region 'A'-locked.

While it is obvious Criterion eclipses in the area of supplements - duplicating their SD with the director commentary and more - I got a kick out of the Universal's The Blunt Truth (4:22) and the 2 short Retro Public Services Announcements (VD Is For Everyone + Crying Indian). Just to touch on some of the Criterion extras (all in HD) - there is the 50-minute 'Making of...', about 1.5 hours of interviews, 1/2 hour's worth of Behind-the-scenes footage, auditions etc. . Also is the liner notes book featuring new essays by Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman, plus character profiles, and memories of the film from cast and crew. And the original film poster designed by Frank Kozik.

Great film - amusing and profound - easy to watch - and worthy of re-visitation. The Criterion Blu-ray should appeal to those keen on investigating the extras. The Universal is significantly cheaper and also supplies a strong 1080P presentation. It's beneficial to have the option to own this essential film.

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ON THE DVD: The image is pristine. Colors, contrast - everything is excellent. I see no flaws whatsoever. I was surprised that there are no, usual, optional subtitles but that is the only black mark on this stacked package. I realize there are other digital editions of this film previously available but, although we don't own them to compare, I highly doubt any could touch this image. The extras are extensive and I honestly have not waded through all of them yet, but the Linklater commentary is excellent.  


Criterion also released Linklater's Slacker in 2004 and this is a companion piece for it. Many will mock it, but viewing it first would be the first step to appreciating it. It is a modern examination - akin to an homage - of the 70's with commentary on communication easily ranking it as one of the most important teen films ever made. Give it a spin before you start criticizing.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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2) Universal - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 336 - Region 1 - NTSC Universal  - Region FREE - Blu-ray Criterion Collection - Spine # 336 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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