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Dead Poets Society [DVD] [1989]

  • SKU: 3495587
  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Rating: PG
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.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (28 out of 29)

    Special Features


    • Dolby Surround
    • French-language track
    • Chapter search

    Synopsis


    Dead Poets Society
    Robin Williams toned down his usually manic comic approach in this successful period drama. In 1959, the Welton Academy is a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. Several of the students, however, have their thoughts on the learning process (and life itself) changed when a new teacher comes to the school. John Keating (Williams) is an unconventional educator who tears chapters of his textbooks and asks his students to stand on their desks to see the world from a new angle. Keating introduces his students to poetry, and his free-thinking attitude and the liberating philosophies of the authors he introduces to his class have a profound effect on his students, especially Todd (Ethan Hawke), who would like to be a writer; Neil ( Robert Sean Leonard), who dreams of being an actor, despite the objections of his father; Knox (Josh Charles), a hopeless romantic; Steven (Allelon Ruggiero), an intellectual who learns to use his heart as well as his head; Charlie (Gale Hansen), who begins to lose his blasé attitude; unconventional Gerard (James Waterston); and practical Richard (Dylan Kussman). Keating urges his students to seize the day and live their lives boldly; but when this philosophy leads to an unexpected tragedy, headmaster Mr. Nolan (Norman Lloyd) fires Keating, and his students leap to his defense. Dead Poets Society was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Williams; it won one, for Tom Schulman's original screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robin Williams
      Robin Williams - John Keating
    • Robert Sean Leonard
      Robert Sean Leonard - Neil Perry
    • Ethan Hawke
      Ethan Hawke - Todd Anderson
    • Josh Charles
      Josh Charles - Knox Overstreet
    • Gale Hansen
      Gale Hansen - Charlie Dalton



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie, one of Robin Williams best!

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      devry80
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      This movie is one of the best films I have seen. It shows how a group of young men stood in the face of all odds and decided they wanted to make their own decisions, instead of having them made for them. It shows how one man's influence can break through the clouded mind of a youth a very impressionable age. This is a must see, Robin Williams is excellent!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      No brainer - 5 stars all day long

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      JazzCat622
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      When my time comes and let's say Heaven is full, let me live in the music video "Centred on You" by Atlas Genius (Aussie spelling), and if there is no room left there either, then just let me be a kid in this movie. So it's a good movie and everyone should see this in their lives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Inspirational

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      atlantareviewer

      This is a great movie. Definitely one of my all time favorites. It's an inspirational film as well about a teacher drawing out the passion in and loving his students.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      So Moving, So Important

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      2review2
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      Probably our favorite role of Robin Williams. The whole cast is exceptional and the story entertains as it explores thinking for oneself and making decisions based on your life being YOUR short life. Carpe Diem!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Robin Williams at his best

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      jxs1018
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      This movie is dramatic in a way that is different especially when it comes to a Robin Williams flick. One classic you surely won't forget if you see it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not What I Expected

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      kevman79

      I have to admit that I was somewhat letdown by this movie that came highly recommended to me through a friend. While the performances are generally good, the storyline itself is not. Recommended to fans only.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a lifetime classic

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      jxs1018
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      If you haven't seen this movie you must be under a rock. It will truly be spine tingling and you will fall in love. Robin Williams at his best

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dead Poets Society

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      TimmyG84
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      Live your life! Dead Poets Society is a remarkable film with one of Robin Williams' best performances.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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