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Robin Williams Double Feature

If you ask someone what their favorite Robin Williams movie is, odds are it’s either Good Morning Vietnam or Dead Poets Society. And although neither of these titles have been yet available on Blu-ray Disc, that has finally changed. Disney recently brought both of these titles to everyone’s favorite high def disc, and the results are mixed, but overall quite pleasing.

Of the two, Dead Poets Society seems to have survived the trip to high definition with the least amount of artificial enhancement. The film has a soft appearance, but to my memory it’s always looked that way. Facial close-ups benefit greatly from the improved resolution, with the texture of Professor Keating’s corduroy sport coat showing much clearer than it did in its DVD counterpart.  Vietnam also benefits during close-ups, with overall levels of detail much improved and the lush jungle greens exhibiting adequate pop. That said, there is some evidence of edge enhancement and noise reduction, both of which keep this transfer from looking as good as it might otherwise.

Each of these titles is a 1-disc affair from Disney, but fans will enjoy going through the handful of featurettes and making-of bonus material accompanying each title. None of these extras is new, nor are they presented in HD, but some of them are well worth a look for fans of the films.

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