Slacker: The Criterion Collection

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Slacker: The Criterion Collection

Richard Linklater's Slacker presents a day in the life of a loose-knit subculture of marginal, eccentric, and overeducated citizens in Austin, Texas. Shooting the film on 16mm for a mere $23,000 writer/producer/director Linklater and his crew of friends eschewed a traditional plot, choosing instead to employ long takes and fluid transitions to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as unique as the last, culminating in an episodic portrait of a distinct vernacular culture and a tribute to bohemian cerebration. 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 1990s.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 03 2004
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 611023
  • UPC Code 715515015523
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
Three audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew
Casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the over one-hundred-member cast, with an essay from production manager/casting director Anne Walker-McBay
An early film treatment
Home movies
Ten-minute trailer for a documentary about the landmark Austin cafe, Les Anis, which served as location for several scenes in SLACKER
Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos

Disc Two:
It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by the director, available here for the first time on home video
Woodshock, an early short 16mm film made by Linklater and Lee Daniel in 1985
"The Roadmap," the working script of SLACKER, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes
Footage from the SLACKER tenth-anniversary reunion in Austin, Texas, in 2001
Original Theatrical Trailer
Slacker culture essay by Linklater
Information about the Austin Film Society, founding in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings

PLUS: a 64 page booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson (SPIKE MIKE RELOADED: A GUIDED TOUR ACROSS A DECADE OF INDEPENDENT AMERICAN CINEMA) and Michael Barker, heard of Sony Pictures Classics, as well as reviews, production notes, a complete cast and crew listing, and an introduction to IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS by director Monte Hellman (TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, THE SHOOTING.)


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

Average Rating 3.75 out of 5

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