The technical aspects of the release, however, are excellent. The colors are rich and vibrant, particularly when they're part of a shiny automobile. The level of detail, too, is quite good, as are the black levels. Much of the film does take place at night, but there is little difficulty making out what is happening in the shadows. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is very good as well. The surrounds do come into play to help situate the viewer, but mainly you'll hear them blasting away the aforementioned soundtrack. The audio is crisp and clean and well balanced with the rest of the track. The film isn't terribly old and has been released and rereleased a number of times so it is no surprise that the source material is quite good.
If you already know that you're a fan of Dazed and Confused, probably you should just wait and get the upcoming Criterion Blu-ray release. If the idea of watching young kids get bullied by older kids is not one you particularly appreciate, it may be best to avoid this film in its entirety. While the coming-of-age film is an ever-expanding genre, this entry into it is best suited for those with a similar history who can ground it in their own experiences, it is not your typical universal coming of age story, and is certainly not wholly accessible.