New Release: Dead Poets Society Blu-ray

Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $20.00, standard-definition digital download $14.99, high-definition digital download $20.00
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


Dead Poets SocietyThe Blu-ray debut of the 1989 film Dead Poets Society is timed to the release of another drama starring Robin Williams, Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for both movies and passed up for both. Dead Poets Society, however, did win an Oscar for its screenplay.

Directed by Peter Weir (The Way Back), the film stars Williams (What Dreams May Come) as professor John Keating at Welton Academy, where students are groomed for conformity and tradition. When Keating arrives, however, he teaches his students “Carpe Diem,” to live life to its fullest. While he awakens the spirits of the students, Keating also draws the wrath of the faculty when an unexpected tragedy strikes the school.

Dead Poets Society Blu-ray box

Robert Sean Leonard (TV’s House), Ethan Hawke (Moby Dick) and Josh Charles (TV’s The Good Wife) also star in the PG-rated movie.

The Blu-ray contains these special features:

  • “Dead Poets: A Look Back” with interview footage of Weir, Hawke, Leonard and others
  • “Raw Takes”
  • “Master of Sound: Alan Splet”
  • “Cinematography Master Class” lighting workshop with cinematographer John Seale
  • audio commentary with Weir, Seale and Oscar-winning writer Tom Schulman

All were on the special edition DVD of the movie released in 2006.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.