March 20, 2006 *** UPDATE ***
I know I've been hinting at a Criterion Collection release
of Dazed and Confused for over a year (since the last DVD
release, in fact). Well, I just thought I should post that
it is now official. The DVD is listed on the Criterion website,
with all new cover art. The price is $39.99, and the release
date is listed as "Coming Soon." Here's
a link. Special features are listed
here. Besides a high definition transfer which was worked
on by Richard Linklater himself, there is also a director's
commentary track for the first time, the Making Dazed documentary,
over 2 hours of on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage,
audition footage, a booklet with essays from critics, and a
collectible film poster.
P.S. - Dazed is airing on AMC the next couple of days, check
your local listings.
September 26, 2005 *** NEWS ***
Two months ago, I mentioned the Dazed and Confused references
that keep popping up in Family Guy episodes. Well, there was another
one this week. This time Chris, a high school freshmen, is the
target of hazing. The mayor of Quohog, Adam West (yes, the guy
that played Batman, voiced by the actual guy), joins in on the
fun in the school lunchroom, paddling Chris in the same way that
O'Bannon paddled Mitch after the baseball game, and they even
had Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" playing in
I should have posted an update a couple of weeks ago, because
there was some big Dazed and Confused news that deserved an announcement.
On September 18, AMC aired the full movie at 8:00pm, followed
by "Making Dazed", a documentary about the making of
Dazed and Confused. This is the piece that was supposed to come
on the Flashback Edition DVD, but was scratched at the last minute.
Following this airing, Wiley Wiggins (Mitch) wrote in his blog
that the one-hour documentary would be included in... get this...
the CRITERION COLLECTION DVD OF DAZED AND CONFUSED TO BE RELEASED
IN JULY 2006 !!!
The Criterion Collection is the cream of the crop in the DVD
world. They have standards for what must be included on their
DVD releases. The documentary will not be the only extra, that's
for sure. I would expect at least a commentary track from Richard
Linklater, and probably much, much, more. The Flashback Edition
had about 15 minutes of deleted scenes, but there was a working
cut of the movie that was nearly 3 hours long. There should be
many more deleted scenes in the CC edition, maybe even edited
with some classic rock background music and added to the actual
film. I can't wait.
July 26, 2005
I'm sure many people who come to this site are fans of Family
Guy, the hilarious show that airs at 9:00 EST Sunday on Fox.
Many of you probably caught the Dazed and Confused references
in the new episodes that aired on July 18 and July 25. In the
July 18th episode Brian (the Griffin family dog) appears at one
point dressed as Wooderson (complete with a blonde-haired moustache)
and recites the classic line about high school girls. In the July
25th episode Chris (the son) mentions that leaving home will give
him a chance to get away from the evil monkey that lives in his
closet. When Chris leaves, the monkey stops pointing at him menacingly
and lays down in Chris' bed. He puts on a pair of headphones and
lays back to the tune of Foghat's "Slow Ride." He then
rolls a spliff. It's great to see that Dazed and Confused is finally
being recognized as a part of American pop culture. I think people
are starting to realize that this was not just another teen drug
comedy, and that it deserves to be as much a part of movie history
as American Graffiti.
On a side note, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has also created
another animated comedy on Fox called American Dad. Although I
have not caught any Dazed and Confused references on that show,
Richard Linklater was mentioned in one episode. Although the joke
was at his expense, it would appear Linklater has a fan in the
animated comedy business.
I got the new Dazed and Confused Flashback Edition DVD in November
2004. The movie is still great, but the DVD is a little disappointing.
Some of the advertised features were cut, even though the official
website says they are included. There is NO director's commentary
track from Richard Linklater, and the 9 deleted scenes do not
reveal anything important. Both Linklater and Wiley Wiggins are
unhappy with the end result, and both are hoping that Universal
will sell the rights so the Criterion Collection can release a
version. Linklater's first film, Slacker,
was released on DVD by the Criterion Collection in August. If
you do not already have Dazed and Confused on DVD, I would recommend
buying the Flashback Edition.
Universal Studios has also put up a pretty
cool site that showcases Dazed and Confused and Fast Times
at Ridgemont High to promote the "Ultimate Party Pack,"
released on November 2.