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Raw Takes: A collection of uncut, deleted scenes
Dead Poets – A Look Back: A look back at the making of the film with acclaimed director Peter Weir. Featuring new interview footage with Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and many others
Master of Sound: Alan Splet – featuring new interviews with David Lynch and Peter Weir
Cinematography Master Class: Cinematographer John Seale conducts an intensive and inspirational lighting workshop
“In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats, and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold … he reinvented it. Academy Award® 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.”
Dead Poets Society is rated PG..
Also included is a raw take of a deleted scene where the kids and John Keating recite some poetry in a cave and then visit a frozen waterfall. That’s the only new footage you’ll see in this “special edition”. Then there’s “Master of Sound: Alan Splet” where David Lynch and Peter Weir sing the praises of their sound designer. (He actually is dead.) There’s also a commentary with Weir and another featurette entitled “Cinematography: Master Class”. They get heavy into the lighting of a set for a scene. If you’re into filmmaking and lighting, this will be of great interest to you.
If you don’t already own Dead Poets Society, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to check it out. Otherwise, if you already own it, there’s not a lot here that makes it worth buying again.