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Dead Poets Society [DVD] [1989]


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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: PAL
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Icelandic, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2002
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXPT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Scrapbook
Raw Takes
Alan Splet Tribute
John Seale's Master Class
Audio Commentary
Theatrical Trailer

Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1: English, Spanish
Languages in Dolby Digital Mono 2.0: English
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic
Widescreen format 1.78:1

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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.

On the DVD: Dead Poets’ Society is anamorphically enhanced for this special edition and the changing seasons of New England are beautifully recreated with rich earthy tones dominating the location scenes. Special attention has been paid to the audio track with the dialogue crisp and clear throughout. Extras are good, including retrospective interviews with cast and crew in the "Scrapbook" feature, an unedited scene that was originally part of a planned montage, the trailer and a couple of featurettes, both dealing with the technical aspects of the shoot. There’s also an audio commentary from director Weir, John Seale and screenwriter Tom Schulman.--Kristen Bowditch

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Harry Parsons on 5 April 2006
Format: DVD
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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MISS D MCKINLAY on 17 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 2 Nov 2008
Format: Blu-ray
"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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 29 July 2004
Format: DVD
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Cure VINE VOICE on 30 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blonde on 12 July 2013
Format: DVD
This is a pretty strong film though it takes a few minutes to start caring about the characters as they initially appear as spoiled little rich kids with rich kids problems but the writers and performances quickly bring out the deeper side and you start to relate to them. A young Ethan Hawke gets to steal the climax of the film and the rest of the performances are good too including Robin Williams who is very funny and entertaining. However, Robin Williams is also the problem. His Captain Keating is like a fun teacher whose classes you enjoy but he doesn't bring the depth to the character to believe that he would be a role model whom these kids believe in. This is not entirely Williams fault but also the script which places too much focus on his comedic scenes and needs a couple more scenes of him quiet, passionate or even angry to believe he'd be the inspiring teacher the kids respect. When you read that Liam Neeson really wanted to play the part you can't help but feel that he would have been so much better in the role.
The film also has some problems with the amount of focus they put on the importance of the school. Both the teacher and the students go through things that should make them realize the importance of character and life but all they worry about is getting kicked out of school making them often come across as hypocrites.
It is still a really good film with some highly memorable scenes especially the climax which even though it has been referenced and parodied to death it still tugs on those heart strings when you see it.

A movie well worth seeing but with a few changes and some more darker moments it could have been a masterpiece.
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