- Publisher: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
- ISBN-10: 0788853643
- ISBN-13: 978-0788853647
- ASIN: B000B8QG1S
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,460,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dead Poets Society [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Dead Poets Society is set in post-depression 1950's America and is the story of six teenage boys at one of the top high schools in the country as they reach the end of their education. As the saying goes "boys will be boys" but they have never really been allowed an outlet for this boyish spirit and expression. The characters we see at the beginning are self-assured and cocky but underneath they are just insecure little boys who need something to hold onto. This however is before the arrival of Professor John Keating, marvellously portrayed by Robin Williams, who takes the boys as their new English teacher. The boys first, and probably most memorable meeting with Keating is in their first lesson with him as their teacher. He enters the room and tells them to turn to a page in their books before promptly telling them to tear it out because it is nonsense.Read more ›
In this film Prof. Keating derives his teaching talents through many different Poets and enables his students to grasp that which is normally reserved for the "Romantics", those people who seem to exist in a different world to ours.
But the film shows that anyone can pick up a compendium of Poetry and discover a new world, one where there's hope and one where another man's vision can inspire and give one a sense of direction.
The many characters in the film mirror those in adult life and the decisions we will all have to make at some point, more often than not against the will of those closest to us. What I love about this film is that there is no censorship of the extremely delicate nature of suicide and the reasons behind making such a decision. It doesn't elaborate or sensationalise the act, but brings it into our world with a tangible essence that for me, showed just how vulnerable and easily breakable we all are in this seemingly cosy and secure existence.
The film also remains a testament to the art of teaching, the pros and cons of going beyond that which all teachers aspire to, bringing young men to adulthood through wisdom and knowledge. Its a hard compromise, juggling your desire to further a boys education through the normal avenues of schooling and giving them the range of choices they will encounter, but arming them with the tools to make the right choice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic movie, my sons loved it too. Even though this is quite old now (I watched it when it first came out a couple of decades ago) it has not dated.Published 9 days ago by Rachel Elnaugh
This film gives a new definition to the word brilliant. It's the most inspiring film I've seen in a long time. Terrific. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Saarah N
An extraordinary classic movie that SHOULD be watched by all generations of students.Published 3 months ago by jaldo