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Dead Poet's Society Import, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (April 14 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008O899
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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The Dead Poets Society soundtrack marked the three-time Academy Award-winner Maurice Jarre's (composer) fourth collaboration with director Peter Weir. The two collaborated on Weir's 'The Mosquito Coast' (1987) as well as 'Witness' (1985) for which he earned an Oscar nomination and a British Academy Award and 'The Year of Living Dangerously' (1983) for which he received the Sydney Critics Award. Jarre took home Oscars for David Lean's 'Lawerence of Arabia' (1962), 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965) and 'Passage to India' (1984). For the Dead Poets Society, Maurice Jarre was faced with perhaps the most difficult challenge... He had to write the final dialogue with his music, to draw together the feelings of those students who stood up for their teacher (Robin Williams). What he came up with was a kind of anthem, a piece of music which not only summarized the feelings in that classroom, but also touched that deep yearning for truth and justice within us all. This soundtrack also features a track from the Witness soundtrack, 'Building the Barn' and four tracks from the 'Year of Living Dangerously' soundtrack. Warner. 2005.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music Aug. 31 2006
By DT - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Love the music from the film, but disappointed that an album titled the same as the film didn't include more of the film music but was instead somewhat of a Maurice Jarre soundtrack compilation (including music from "Witness" and "Year of Living Dangerously").
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of Good Things Here, Paired with the Unmemorable Feb. 3 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first thing to note is that this is really a short anthology of music by Maurice Jarre from four films: Dead Poets Society, The Mosquito Coast, Witness and The Year of Living Dangerously. Second, this is one of those soundtrack albums that hasn't really passed the test of time, in my view. Of the four selections from Dead Poets Society, the first three are quiet, moody and rather static to my ear. The final section from the film, Keating's Triumph, is itself a minor triumph but I'm not sure if the payoff is worth having to sit through the preceding trio of tracks. The single selection from Mosquito Coast is rather amorphous and unmemorable, as is the Main Title from Witness. Building the Barn, from that same film, is by itself the raison d'etre for this release -- indeed, it's just about worth the price of the disc all on its own. This is the electronic version heard in the movie, not a later one for regular orchestra, and it's one of the best themes in all of cinema, I think, particularly when juxtaposed with the visual segment it supported. The final, massive track on the album -- which constitutes about 40% of the music on the disc -- consists of in effect a suite of music from The Year of Living Dangerously. Atmospheric and offbeat, with electronic effects and gamelans and more, this is an eccentric journey that takes some concentration but which I found very rewarding. Jarre wrote many memorable film scores, and while I don't know that I'd put most of this material in that elite circle, the disc is definitely worth a listen. Building the Barn is about as wonderful a theme as you'll ever encounter in cinema, and the music from Year of Living Dangerously is worth experimenting with. The rest of the album, about half, is in my view a rather uninteresting mix of orchestra and electronic effects, just mildly diverting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Poets Society well worth it Dec 20 2012
By Grandad434 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great soundtrack, beautiful and dark at times. I bought this specifically for the DPS score so I could hear the music where they are running in the field at night with their flashlights. I was also very pleased with the other film's songs, though I have not seen those movies and am unfamiliar with them. Pick it up!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contains other soundtracks Jan. 15 2012
By Cally D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Music is good but doesn't contain all music from the movie and also contains music from other movies. Perhaps reflective of that era. Disappointing when expecting entire music portfolio.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Poets Society Sept. 28 2012
By Alfred Wood - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The music from Dead Poets Society was beautiful. Although their was additional music
from other films that I had not seen. I enjoyed the complete disc.

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