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Dead Poets Society [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robin Williams , Robert Sean Leonard , Peter Weir    DVD
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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Tom Schulman
  • Producers: Duncan Henderson, Paul Junger Witt, Steven Haft, Tony Thomas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305144168
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Peter Weir’s entry in the "coming of age" teen movie genre, Dead Poets’ Society is a more than usually emotive tale of one teacher and the students he inspires. Robin Williams plays the radical English teacher in a stuffy New England prep school who tries to make a difference. His unconventional methods and love of poetry make him a hit with the repressed teens under his tutelage, and they in turn form a secret society for the pursuit of freedom, truth, beauty and other bohemian ideals. Much soul-searching ensues, not least from the doe-eyed Neil (Robert Sean Leonard) whose sensitive aspirations to pursue a career in the theatre are scuppered by his prosaic father with tragic consequences.

True, the script is clichéd at times and the battle between adults and teens is hackneyed, but no one can deny the emotional power of the "Captain, My Captain" scene, where the class defiantly stand on their desks, or the moment when Williams inspires his class with the motto "Carpe Diem". Indeed it is the relationship between Williams and his pupils that enables Weir to raise the film above what could have been over-sentimental slosh, with Williams’ trademark improvised monologues injecting humanity (even in a relatively serious role) into the central character. The result is an inspirational story that stands up to repeat viewings. --Kristen Bowditch


Robin Williams' memorable turn as inspirational English teacher John Keating is presented on Blu-ray disc for the first time. Humour, tragedy and the complexities of growing up are poignantly presented in Peter Weir's coming of age drama about a group of New England prep school students inspired to "seize the day" by Keating's unconventional teaching methods. As each member of the resurrected "Dead Poets Society" challenges the status quo in their own way, their lives are changed forever.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make your lives extraordinary 5 April 2006
I still remember fondly seeing this at the cinema back in 1989. It's as fresh now as it was then and still totally inspiring. Every time I watch this it leaves me feeling inspired and ready to grab life by the horns. "Make your lives extraordinary boys" says Robin Williams. It serves as a constant reminder that one day you'll be gone and quite probably forgotten, so make the most of your life and seize the day. The ending still kills me even now. An often overlooked classic.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing 17 Nov 2002
This film has to be one of the most inspiring that i have seen in my short lifespan. Robin Williams is fantastic in his portrayal of an english teacher who is so passionate about the world and the poetry the world inspires that he ignites a group of young students with a powerful flame which is not doused even by tragedy .An electric charge runs through body and mind when you encounter this film. I challenge anyone to leave after seeing this film and not want to "seize the day".
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Captain, my captain 30 Jun 2005
By Mr. D. A. Cure VINE VOICE
This has to have one of the best endings in film history. Robin Williams is brilliant as the rookie English teacher who persuades disillusioned school kids to re-capture their thirst for life and creativity. If you're ever feeling at a loss, or frustrated, just watch this to give you a kick in the right direction!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Movie! 29 July 2004
I am quite a big fan of Robin Williams, and i have to say that this is definately one of his better films, which deals with some quite serious and powerful issues, while still incuding plenty of the Robin Williams humour that we all know and love.
In this film, set in 1959, Williams plays Proffessor John Keating who arrives to teach English in a sedate New England school where he was formerly a pupil. His unconventional and extraordinary teaching methods inspire a group of students to reform a forbidden club where they secretly talk to each other about their dreams and aspirations. However his methods anger the other teachers, and when he encourages a student to follow their dream of acting rather than listening to their parents, he is blamed when the boy comits suicide after his father bans him from acting and withdraws him from the school.
As i have said previously, 'Dead Poets Society' deals with some powerful issues, such as suicide, and therefore does in some cases require parental imput to the younger children, to help them understand the situations.
The acting is brilliant from all of the well-picked cast, and Robin Willaims, as i have said earlier, is supurb in his role as the new English Proffessor whose carisma and love of poetry inspires many of his students. Robert Sean Leonard is also very good in his role as the boy whose parents are trying to control his life.
With a great script, plenty of typical Robin Williams humour, and some very emotional storylines, all woven together, 'Dead Poets Society' is a real winner and has somthing that is sure to satisfy every viewer. Recommended as a film that all the family can sit down and watch, and talk about later.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden.")

Hands up folks, how many of us discovered Thoreau after having watched this movie? Really discovered I mean, regardless whether you had known he'd existed before. How many believe they know what Thoreau was talking about in that passage about "sucking the marrow out of life," cited in the movie, even if you didn't spend the next 2+ years of your life living in a self-constructed cabin on a pond in the woods? How many bought a copy of Whitman's poems ... whatever collection? (And maybe even read more than "Oh Captain! My Captain!"?) How many went on to read Emerson? Frost? Or John Keats, on whose personality Robin Williams's John Keating is probably loosely based? To many people, this movie has a powerful appeal like few others and has proven inspirational far above and beyond the effect of an ordinary movie experience. And justifiedly so, despite the fact that charismatic Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), one of the story's main characters, tragically falters in the pursuit of his dreams, in the wake of apparent triumph. Because although Neil's story is one of failure, ultimately this film is a celebration of the triumph of free will, independent thinking and the growth of personality; embodied in its closing scene.

Of course, lofty goals such as these are not easily achieved. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) in particular, the last scene's triumphant hero, is literally pushed to the edge of reason before he learns to overcome his inhibitions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant 24 July 2000
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Peter Weir must surely be considered with increased cleverness follwing The Truman Show, but hark back over ten years to 1989. There seems to be a lack of compassion given to the sensitive portrayal of a inspirational teaching figure that was Robin Williams. Williams shows depth and awareness way beyond his peers' years of experience, holding out an inch perfect performance as every young lads dream teacher in Dead poets Society. He plays one of those character's who really lights up the screen, like he did in Good Will Hunting. However, the conclusion to Weir's story does end on a bit of an avalanche. Support and hope though shines through in those touched by Williams' character. Despite there being no clear happy ending there is sense that a really special message will live on forever and ever- Carpe Deum!
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