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Dead Poets Society

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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

Special features

DEAD POETS: A LOOK BACK -- Featuring New Interview Footage With Director Peter Weir, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, And Many Others.|RAW TAKES|MASTER OF SOUND: ALAN SPLET -- New Interviews WIth David Lynch And Peter Weir|CINEMATOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS -- An Intensive And Inspirational Lighting Workshop With Cinematographer John Seale|AUDIO COMMENTARY -- With Director Peter Weir, Cinematographer John Seale, And Writer Tom Schulman|THEATRICAL TRAILER

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Tom Schulman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,839 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305144168
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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