“Dead Poets Society” Blu-Ray Review

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dead poets society blu-ray review

Dead Poets Society
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: January 17, 2012

When I first saw this movie, I believe I was in junior high or high school. It had been out a few years previous, but I remember watching it and really not paying to much attention to it, mainly because I did not appreciate poetry too much and I was probably worried about the nights basketball game. Going back and watching it again I got a whole new understanding of the movie. I mean really how many of us can actually say they lived life, back in the days, not thinking outside the box, or not trying to “carpe diem”? This movie was very influential in that aspect. So lets dig into it!

The first movie I will be reviewing from the Robin Williams collection I have is “Dead Poets Society”, directed by Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander) and stars Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Robert Sean Leonard (House, M.D.). This movie was definitely one of Robin Williams’ more serious roles, yet funny as usual, in which he plays a professor named John Keating at Welton Academy, a school that teaches kids to stick to traditions and not really think for themselves. Keating comes in with an unorthodox approach and teaches the kids to be non conformists and to seize the day! I wish I had had teachers like that when I had went to school. Probably would have made it much more interesting. Of course this does not sit well with the faculty at the school.

Like I had said above, after watching this again, I have a whole new respect for it. I guess I can say that because I have kind of been just living life as I think it should be and not really following those set traditions etc. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who needs a different aspect on life. I believe this movie will change your thinking. I know you’re probably like, how can a movie do that? Its just hollywood trying to brainwash us! Just watch it and I’m sure you will walk away like I did, astounded and full of thought.


The video on the blu-ray is presented in 1.85:1 1080P. It is definitely upgrade from the VHS it came out on, being this movie was released in 1989. Other than that it looks very good and clear for an older movie!


The audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and sounds great! There is not really much else I can say about it other than it was pretty spot on! Oh an if you speak French, yeah you can change the language to that.

Special Features

There were quite a few interesting special features on this disc. The first one is a look back on the dead poets, which basically gives you interviews from the cast speaking greatly of the director Peter Weir and how much he influenced them. Next you get some “Raw Takes” that were cut from the final cut. After that you get interviews with the director about the sound guy Alan Splet. The next special feature you get is a Cinematography Master class with John Seale, which basically gives you a look at how they took certain shots. The remaining two are the theatrical trailer and the audio commentary which you can toggle off or on while you view the film. I was pretty impressed with the special features. Now they weren’t anything high tech, but they were pretty informative. Other than that, if you would like to add a classic to your collection this is definitely a good purchase. The looks and sounds are pretty amazing.