Richard Linklater Reveals Criterion Is Releasing SLACKER on Blu-ray; Hopes to Eventually Release a BEFORE Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set

     May 21, 2013

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Richard Linklater is one of the more versatile filmmakers working today.  He very much marches to the beat of his own drummer, and his filmography is littered with varied and fascinating projects like Waking Life, School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, and last year’s terrific Bernie.  Now, as Before Midnight—the wonderful and moving sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset—is poised to open in limited release this weekend, Linklater has revealed that the Criterion Collection version of his breakthrough 1991 film Slacker will be released on Blu-ray.

Linklater broke the news while talking to Steve in anticipation of the release of Before Midnight, and the filmmaker also discussed his desire to do a Blu-ray box set of all three Before movies at some point with some new extras.  Hit the jump to read on.

before-midnight-richard-linklaterWhile Slacker was previously released on DVD by the Criterion Collection, Linklater said he just received word his 1991 film is being transferred to Blu-ray:

“I just had a thing from Criterion today that they’re gonna do a Blu-ray of Slacker, which isn’t kind of an obvious Blu-ray title but I’m glad they’re doing it.  I think they’re just doing all their titles.  It reminds me of when films were on VHS and they were retrospectively going back and doing DVDs, now we’re going back and doing Blu-rays of the titles.  So I think they’ll get to all of them eventually.  I’d like to see a triple box set, at some point, of all [Before] Blu-rays… And we’ve never really done a lot of extras and stuff, so we probably could do one up correctly.”

Watch the portion of Steve and Linklater’s conversation regarding Slacker and the Before trilogy on Blu-ray below, and look for the full interview on Collider soon.

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