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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful if you want the Director's cut, November 30, 2005
This review is from: Dead Poets Society (Special Edition) (DVD)
Be careful about the label 'Special Edition' if you are still waiting, like me, for the fabulous Director's cut that was released on laser disk but not on DVD. It contains essential extra footage added by Peter Weir that fleshes out the motivations behind many of the characters and answers some questions that the theatrical cut raises. The Director's cut is 142 minutes so this DVD is just a re-release of the original theatrical version.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2009 6:28:19 AM PDT
All Red says:
Thank you for the info. You just saved me $$$$$$$$. Much appreciated

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 5:54:53 PM PDT
Funny to find this info today... One day I happened to be sitting on my couch, many years ago (around 15), watching TV, and all of the sudden I ran into a re-run of this movie, one of my all time favorites. Not really sure what channel it was, but I think it was TBS. I was uncertain if I wanted to watch it again after many previous times, but I decided to give it a shot. Slowly, I started noticing scenes that didn't look familiar, but I was like "Come on! I have watched this movie like 10 times... How can I not remember them!?", and still to this day I can vividly remember some of the scenes that didn't look familiar from the theather/VHS versions. There was no mention during cuts of any special presentation or anything, just regular commercials. Curious, I rented it again short after and confirmed they showed scenes not included in the official release!! I didn't understand how lucky I was and I am of have watched those... and until TODAY, reading this review, is when I learned there ever was a "Director's cut" in Laser disc! ... Still no "Director's cut in DVD is quite disappointing

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 1:22:31 AM PDT
Thank you for taking the time to comment,David. I just wish that Peter Weir or whoever has the rights to the Director's cut will choose to give us the greatly superior extended version on DVD or even BluRay. I feel fortunete that I have the laser disc because I will not watch the 'short' version.

Posted on May 18, 2015 2:20:28 PM PDT
10 years after this review was posted - there is still no director's cut. I doubt there will ever be one released for Blu-ray.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2016 4:30:12 PM PST
Before you rush into making a facetious remark I ask you to read my post again and then compare the running times. The bluray that has been issued is misleading as it is only the theatrical release running at 129 minutes NOT the 142 minutes of Peter Weir's extended edition released only on laser disk to my knowledge.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2016 6:46:29 PM PST
Leland says:
My bad Istvan. It's actually $9.19. lol
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