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Richard Linklater's Waking Life on Blu-ray and DVD in March

1 March 2016

In 2001 writer-director Richard Linklater released a spiritual sequel to his acclaimed early features Slacker and Before Sunrise. Taking its cue from their walk-and-talk stream of consciousness, Waking Life enquired into the relationship between dreams and the big screen, and how cinema captures the phantasy state.

Aiding Linklater’s exploration were two major players: actor Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused, Computer Chess), who acts as our guide through the dreamscape, and animator Bob Sabiston, who created the appropriately disassociated, floating rotoscoped visuals. He and Linklater would later collaborate again on A Scanner Darkly to equally stunning effect.

Featuring Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (reprising their Jesse and Céline characters from Before Sunrise) and director Steven Soderbergh, Waking Life is an extraordinary thought-provoking trip, quite unlike anything before or since.

Arrow Video will be releasing Waking Life, their first Linklater movie, as a dual format Blu-ray and DVD, on 14th March 2016 at the RRP of £19.99.

Disc specifications:

  • High definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Special features:

  • Commentary by writer-director Richard Linklater, art director Bob Sabiston, actor Wiley Wiggins and producer Tommy Pallotta

  • Commentary by the 25-strong animation team

  • A selection of Bob Sabiston’s short films, including The Trees (1991), God’s Little Monkey (1994), Project Incognito (1997), Color Test (1998), Snack and Drink (1999), Figures of Speech (1999), Ryan’s Capitol Tour (1999), Grasshopper (2003) and The Even More Fun Trip (2007)

  • Original ‘making of’ featurette including interviews with Linklater, Sabiston and Pallotta

  • Animation tutorial with Sabiston

  • Deleted and alternative animation sequences

  • Pre-animation live action footage captured on Mini DV

  • Trivia subtitle track written by Linklater

  • Theatrical trailer

  • The first pressing also includes a booklet containing new writing on the film by critic David Jenkins and a guide to Bob Sabiston’s short films by Anthony Nield