I loved this film and
actually have seen it many times in the past. The story follows naturally
enough Mr. Glenn Holland who is a composer whose belief in his own destiny
drives his life to the point of almost bankruptcy which is untenable for a man
with a family. To pay for their needs, he undertakes a job as a teacher in a
high school in the music department. It is there that what starts as an
interim measure becomes a lifeís work in itself and more satisfying than
anything that he could have anticipated.
A tale of this nature is a journey in itself, relying a strong story more than
any special effects and whiz bang gimmickry of any type. The power and passion
of the tale combined with some stellar acting make this a compelling watch
from start to finish. I was impressed with the convincing performance put in
by Richard Dreyfuss and always the incomparable William H Macy who in my
opinion is a severely underrated actor.
The disc is well
transferred however does nothing really to stand out as an example of the
superiority of DVD. Donít get me wrong, it looks and sounds good but the only
thing that really makes it stand out from what you have undoubtedly seen on
television is the fact that it is in 16:9 Widescreen. There are not that many
extras on the disc other than a featurette which is informative, however it
would have been nice to have an audio commentary from the stars. I think that
this movie would not have been created during a time when that would have even
been a consideration.
Worth the purchase, Mr.
Hollandís Opus is a timeless movie that your family will no doubt have
repeated viewings of.