Waiting For "Superman"

Featured In Issue 156, April 2011

WSR Score5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking
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Davis Guggenheim
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Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Waiting For Superman is Academy Award®-winning Director Davis Guggenheim's provocative film, which examines American public education. The film depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. A must-see documentary. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Davis Guggenheim and Producer Lesley Chilcott; two featurettes: Changing The Odds, a poignant look into the challenges students and teachers have faced within the public school system and the successful programs that have been put in place to change the face of public education in the U.S. (HD 05:34) and The Future Is In Our Classrooms (HD 02:09); Updates—a text look at what changed in education since the movie was filmed; a conversation with Guggenheim (HD 01:44); the making of Shine (HD 07:02); and four deleted scenes (HD 31:15).

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is pure documentary in the traditional sense of variable picture-quality elements. The better elements exhibit good color fidelity and decent resolution. The poorer elements exhibit low-definition archival footage. The imagery is what it is, but powerfully communicates the message that America's educational system is a mess. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is decent but monaurally focused. The music score is nicely recorded and presented across the soundstage, with a subtle but noticeable presence in the surrounds. The narrative dialogue is well articulated and balanced, which provides consistency of communication. As a documentary the limitation of the various elements dictates the audio quality, which overall is decent enough to communicate the message. (Gary Reber)