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Dead Poets Society
review by Zach B.
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
Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby
Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Captions, Chapter
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
"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.
(4.5/5, NOT included in
NOT an average)