WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dead Poets Society

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, George Martin, Leon Pownall

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 7821 AS
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $44.89
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 2/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Wier
(Screenplay/Written By): Tom Schulman
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Wendy Stites
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): William Anderson, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Alan Splet
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Steve Haft, Paul Junger & Tony Thomas

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dead Poets Society is the extraordinary drama about an inspiring teacher in a traditional school. Robin Williams stars as charismatic English professor John Keating, whose infectious love for poetry challenges his most impressionable pupils to “Carpe Diem” and live life to the fullest. But their irresponsible enthusiasm tragically changes their lives forever. Critically acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Dead Poets Society features Tom Schulman’s Academy Award®-winning screenplay.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits natural color fidelity with rich and warm colors, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow detail. Slight noise and minor artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is dated with an essentially mono character that exhibits minimal stereo effects and occasional subtle surrounds. Dialogue is generally natural sounding, though some scenes are muffled. Analog tape hiss is heard throughout , veiling fidelity
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