Robin Williams stars as an English teacher who doesn't fit into the conservative prep school where he teaches but his charisma and love of poetry inspires several boys to revive a secret society with a bohemian bent. The script is well-meaning but a little trite, though director Peter Weir (The Truman Show
) adds layers of emotional depth in scenes of conflict between the kids and adults. (A subplot involving one father's terrible pressure on his son--played by Robert Sean Leonard--to drop his interest in the theatre reaches heartbreaking proportions). Williams is given plenty of latitude to work in his brand of improvisational humour, though it is all well-woven into his character's style of instruction. --Tom Keogh
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.