New Release: Waiting for "Superman" Blu-ray and DVD

Waiting for “Superman,” the provocative documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment on Feb. 15, 2011.

In this film, Davis offers a stirring and often compelling examination of the American public education system. Waiting for “Superman” 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.

“I think that every kid, no matter where they are born or what they have been given in life, deserves a great education and a piece of the American dream. The idea of education reform becomes a lot less abstract and a lot more compelling when you see these beautiful kids and realize all their potential,” said director Guggenheim. “Now there are reformers out there who are defying the odds and proving it’s entirely possible to create outstanding schools even in the most troubled neighborhoods. That’s what drove me to tell this story and to make this movie.”

Named the Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review and cited by the American Film Institute as one of the year’s best movies, the film will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD with the suggested retail prices of $29.99 and $19.99, respectively.

The discs include the following special features, all of which are in high-definition on the Blu-ray:

  • “Changing the Odds,” a 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.
  • “Updates,” a look at what has changed in education since the movie was filmed
  • “A Conversation with Davis Guggenheim”
  • “The Future is in Our Classrooms”
  • “The Making of Shine”
  • deleted scenes — Four additional stories of real-life students and teachers
  • commentary by director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott

The education-oriented charity organization DonorsChoose.org gave consumers a $25 credit for each Waiting for “Superman” Blu-ray or DVD purchase that can be donated to any classroom project listed on the website. (The donation exceeds the retail price of the DVD.) To make the donation, consumers can visit DonorsChoose.org, select a project and then enter a code.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each DVD and Blu-ray benefit Get Schooled, an independent non-profit organization founded by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Get Schooled uses the power of media and popular culture to motivate and inspire young people, their families and teachers to improve high school graduation rates and college-going rates. It works in close partnership with principals of high-need high schools around the country.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.