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Dead Poets Society (Special Edition) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Tom Schulman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 17 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 316 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000B8QG1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,457 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats, and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold ... he reinvented it. Academy Award(R) winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997) delivers an extraordinary performance in one of the most compelling motion pictures of all time. Williams stars as English professor John Keating, a passionate iconoclast who changes his students' lives forever when he challenges them to live life to the fullest and "Carpe Diem" -- seize the day! Keating's unconventional approach meets with irrepressible enthusiasm from his students, but the faculty at staid, exclusive Welton Academy prep school is, to put it mildly, not amused. Featuring a star-marking performance by Ethan Hawke and over three hours of never-before-seen bonus materials, this Special Edition of DEAD POETS SOCIETY will captivate and inspire you again and again.


Robin Williams stars as an English teacher who doesn't fit into the conservative prep school where he teaches, but whose charisma and love of poetry inspires several boys to revive a secret society with a bohemian bent. The script is well meaning but a little trite, though director Peter Weir (The Truman Show) adds layers of emotional depth in scenes of conflict between the kids and adults. (A subplot involving one father's terrible pressure on his son--played by Robert Sean Leonard--to drop his interest in theater reaches heartbreaking proportions.) Williams is given plenty of latitude to work in his brand of improvisational humor, though it is all well-woven into his character's style of instruction. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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A most memorable and compelling motion picture. Robin Williams delivers an extraordinary performance as the English professor, John Keating, who impacts and challenges his students to live life to the fullest. "Carpe Diem" - Seize the day. I bet you will watch this movie more than once. And the lessons will stick with you.
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"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden.")

Hands up folks, how many of us discovered Thoreau after having watched this movie? *Really* discovered I mean, regardless whether you had known he'd existed before. How many believe they know what Thoreau was talking about in that passage about "sucking the marrow out of life" cited in the movie, even if you didn't spend the next 2+ years of your life living in a self-constructed cabin on a pond in the woods? How many bought a copy of Whitman's poems ... whatever collection? (And maybe even read more than "Oh Captain! My Captain!"?) How many went on to read Emerson? Frost? Or John Keats, on whose personality Robin Williams's John Keating is probably losely based? Judging by the vast majority of the reviews on this site alone, you just can't fail to notice that this movie has a powerful appeal like few others; "inspirational" is probably the most frequently used word in the opinions represented here. And justifiedly so, despite the fact that charismatic Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), one of the movie's main characters, tragically falters in the pursuit of his dreams, in the wake of apparent triumph. Because although Neil's story is one of failure, ultimately this movie is a celebration of the triumph of free will, independent thinking and the growth of personality; embodied in its closing scene.

Of course, lofty goals such as these are not easily achieved. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) in particular, the last scene's triumphant hero, is literally pushed to the edge of reason before he learns to overcome his inhibitions.
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This is one thing I don't understand about amazon. All 262 reviews of this film (Dead Poets Society, Special Edition) to date here pre-date this dvd version, including the product reviews provided by amazon. They are about the 2003 disc or even the vhs version. How is this "special edition" version different from the previously available disc(s)? I thought I might get some guidance as to why paying $20 for this 'new' version is more worthwhile than buying a previous version now available for as little as $8.

I was perhaps spoiled by the reviews of Who Framed Roger Rabbit where there is a highly informative discussion of scenes that have been deleted and altered in various incarnations from vhs to a couple of different dvd versions. From reading those reviews I know I want to hold out for a dvd version to finally become available that is an unabridged/unsanitized version of that original.

If you read through the lowest star ratings for the Indiana Jones films, you will see what I mean too. The dvd quality of those discs was poor. A "new edition" which I purchased this year (2008) has all the same poor transfer quality issues mentioned, despite it supposedly being a "new edition." Sound quality there is especially uneven and poorly done. In the third installment of that series, e.g., when Sean Connery and Harrison Ford go into the fireplace (where there is no fire) to escape from the fire in the room, the sound of the fire actually gets so loud you can hardly hear the dialogue, where in real life the sheltering effect of the stone fireplace would actually muffle the fire sound somewhat, and at least you would think that they would want to keep the dialogue intelligible. Throughout those discs in many scenes, it is not because of poor sound balances.
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This film is about the tragedy in the school and the teacher who is frexible in his thinking. The character that I was most interested in is Todd because he changed the most. In the final scene, he was the most brave boy!! The scene that I was most interested in is the scene that Todd and Niel threw Todd's desk set which was given by his parents. I think the main message in the film is "Seize the Day". When Niel was dead, I was very irritated. In my opinion, he didn't need to die. He had to tell to his father what he think. Perhaps this film showed us Mr. Keeting's sorrow.
I enjoyed the film. I think this film is lively story. Acting was very good, especially Mr. Keeting and Niel. The script was interesting. I will recommend this film to friends especially a person who can't speak his own opinion. I learned from this movie the importance to show own opinion. In this movie, characters didn't tell it so much. But they sometimes tried to appeal to their feeling or opinions. It is very important. And I want to know many person's idea. Probably, most of people think like me. I was thought many things by this film. I feel anxious about Mr. Keeting. I want him to carry through his teaching and continue to affect on his students.
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