Slacker (#247)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. 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.


New, 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 on the Blu-ray edition

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 full-length feature, with commentary by the director

Woodshock, a 1985 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel

Casting tapes featuring select “auditions” from the more-than-100-member cast

“The Roadmap,” the working script for Slacker, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes (DVD)

Deleted scenes and alternate takes (Blu-ray)

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

Original theatrical trailer

Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos (DVD only)

Slacker culture essay by Linklater (DVD only)

Information about the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings (DVD only)

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by author and film­maker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman