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Dead Poets Society
     

Dead Poets Society

4.4 52
Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

 

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Peter Weir's schoolroom drama comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. There are no extra features on this disc.

Overview

Peter Weir's schoolroom drama comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. There are no extra features on this disc. Considering the enduring popularity of this film, it is surprising that more attention has not been lavished on its DVD release, but the image and sound are acceptable.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unconventionality and nonconformity are often desirable qualities, but attaining them occasionally carries some risk, especially when the society around you seems to value them insufficiently. That's the message of this earnest, uncompromising drama, which won the 1989 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and reminded viewers just how effective veteran funnyman Robin Williams could be when applying his considerable talents to a dramatic role. Under the direction of Peter Weir, Williams abandoned his sometimes annoying, hyperkinetic performance style to play iconoclastic English teacher John Keating, who labors overtime to fan the flames of creativity and freethinking in his New England prep school students, most of whom seem destined for Ivy League colleges and soul-deadening careers. Captivated by Keating's ebullience and enthusiasm, outgoing student Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) revives the aged school's secret club, the Dead Poets Society, and enlists among its members the deeply withdrawn Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke). The story is predictable up to a point, but it has a shattering climax that even today, more than 15 years after the film's theatrical release, retains the power to shock and dismay audiences. The young actors are uniformly excellent in their sharply drawn characters, and Kurtwood Smith is outstanding as Neil's domineering father, but it's Williams who makes this Society worth joining. The film soars whenever he's on camera, and even the most jaded home viewer will be moved by the influence his character wields over the impressionable students.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0717951000682
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
21,194

Special Features

Dolby Surround; French-language track; Chapter search

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams John Keating
Robert Sean Leonard Neil Perry
Ethan Hawke Todd Anderson
Josh Charles Knox Overstreet
Gale Hansen Charlie Dalton
Dylan Kussman Richard Cameron
Allelon Ruggiero Steven Meeks
James Waterston Gerard Pitts
Norman Lloyd Mr. Nolan
Kurtwood Smith Mr. Perry
Carla Belver Mrs. Perry
Leon Pownall McAllister
Howard Feuer Actor
George Martin Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery Chemistry Teacher
Kevin Cooney Joe Danburry
Jane Moore Mrs. Danburry
Lara Flynn Boyle Ginny Danburry
Alexandra Powers Chris Noel
Melora Walters Gloria
Welker White Tina
Alan Pottinger Bubba
John Cunningham Mr. Anderson
Debra Mooney Mrs. Anderson
Charles N. Lord Mr. Dalton

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
William M. Anderson Editor
Howard Feuer Casting
Steven Haft Co-producer
Duncan Henderson Associate Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Priscilla Nedd Editor
Tom Schulman Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
Lee Smith Editor
Wendy Stites Production Designer
Tony Thomas Co-producer
Sandy Veneziano Art Director
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Junger Witt Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:09]
2. Opening Credits [:09]
3. Business as Usual [3:26]
4. Unorthodox Methods [3:26]
5. On Poetry [2:04]
6. Freethinkers [5:35]
7. The Society Reconvenes [9:44]
8. Finding a Voice [5:46]
9. Stirred Up [9:19]
10. Combining Disciplines [6:50]
11. Original Poetry [1:46]
12. Lesson on Conformity [5:41]
13. Aerodynamic Desk Set [3:13]
14. Seizing the Moment [9:55]
15. Paternal Displeasure [2:13]
16. Seeking Counsel [5:41]
17. Persistent Suitor [10:17]
18. Visitor [2:01]
19. Severe Consequences [2:57]
20. Drastic Measure [3:56]
21. Honor Code [8:49]
22. Taking a Stand [3:11]
23. End Credits [10:17]

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