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Dead Poets Society

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG

Studio: Disney

Starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Kurtwood Smith

Running Time: 129 Minutes

Written by Tom Schulman

Directed by Peter Weir

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Captions, Chapter Search

Robin Williams gives a mesmering performance as John Keating, an English teacher at a private boarding school in New England. It's the late 1950s, and Mr. Keating would be the teacher which would change the lives of his students forever. He would make class interesting and fun, as well as teaching these young men, who already seem to have planned futures by their parents and whatnot, to think for themselves. The film follows Keating and his students through their troubles with love and life... however, tragedy does hit toward the end of the movie as it puts people against people, as we see characters emerge and their true sides.

"Dead Poets Society" is a breathtaking movie. Though I felt the ending was a bit weak (but somewhat appropriate), Tom Schulamn's Oscar® winning script is incredibly solid and thourough. Peter Weir, a great director, really brings the movie to life. He captures the time and place with vivid and powerful visions. And the performances are all phenomenol. I really think Williams should have taken home the Oscar® that year. But alas, he didn't. I feel this performance is truly one of his best. This movie also conveys an excellent message about thinking for yourself and living life to the fullest. "Dead Poets Society" is a magnificent film. It's great for analytical purposes and is just all-around an excellent movie. If you haven't seen it, I highly urge you to go rent it.

 

"Dead Poets Society" is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen, and it looks pretty damn good. It's sad this movie is not anamorphic, I bet it'd look great if it was. Still, detail is really nice and things are really clear. There are some great shots (birds flying, exteriors of the school) which look marvelous. The only complaints I have are the artifacts and dirt which get in the way at times, and unsaturated colors.

The Dolby surround is decent. The movie does have a lot of dialogue, but when surrounds are used they sound great. Still, a 5.1 could have been used and really be great with Maurice Jarre's excellent and moving score. A French Dolby Surround track is also included.

Nothing, except some Disney reccomendations. I hate those. Cheap plugs.

 

"Dead Poets Society" is an excellent movie, but this DVD is really disappointing. While the audio and video are decent, it's featureless and lacks the extended cut that was on the laserdisc. I hope Disney will re-release this in the future with more supplements. This film really deserves it. A good rental, but unless you really loved the movie, it's not really worth it.

 

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