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|Stand and Deliver/Lean on Me|
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Edward James Olmos, Robert Guillaume, Alan North
Directors: John G. Avildsen, Ramón Menéndez
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Look at the too-cool-to-cope kids in Jaime Escalante's class at East L.A.'s tough Garfield High, and many will say they see a bunch of losers. Escalante sees scholars. How he cajoles, instructs, challenges and inspires his... more »
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Steven Hedge | Somewhere "East of Eden" | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You simply can't go wrong with this DVD containing two outstanding films on educators who inspire their students in two utterly different ways.
In "Stand and Deliver" Edward James Olmos, almost unrecognizable, rightly earned an Oscar Nomination for his portrayal of an idealistic teacher in a run-down school. He makes extraordinary efforts to connect and motivate his students. He is a shining example of that cliche term "No one cares how much you know until the know how much you care." Olmos's character cares more than any teacher I have ever met myself. Awesomely inspiring!
Morgan Freeman's role in "Lean on Me" is typical of the kind of roles he's particularly good at: "My way or the highway." He nearly sinks his own efforts to turn around a failing school by acting as if he ALONE is the only one that can. This is a lesson for every administrator out there: Trust Your Staff/Facutly. Give your staff and facutly the respect they are entitled to and they will work for you and the students much better than if you brow beat them and circumvent their authority as professional educators. It is only when Freeman's character learns this that things begin to go his well-intentioned way.
As a 16 year veteran teacher I love nothing more than inspirational stories about education. Both of these films are now available in one package and definitely worth the purchase! If you are moved by other stories in the same vein, then check out "Mr. Holland's Opus", "To Sir with Love", "The Blackboard Jungle", "Dead Poet's Society", "Take the Lead", and "Akeelah and the Bee.""
Great movies, wrong format...
A Reader | 03/07/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this disk for "Stand and Deliver", which I knew was a great story, and got "Lean on Me" - another excellent truth-based education story - as a bonus. It was also the only listing I've seen for a "Stand and Deliver" DVD in 1.66:1 widescreen (although filmed that way).
Unfortunately, despite the "Product Details":
# Language: English
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
# Number of discs: 1
both films are presented in 1.33:1 "Pan&Scan" standard TV screen (although both were filmed in W/S).
If you are purchasing this DVD for one of these excellent films in W/S, prepare to be disappointed."
Two excellent movies for the cost of one!
Hazel Watson | 07/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"[ASIN:B000K2UGZM Stand and Deliver/Lean on Me] I volunteer in a juvenile detention facility, usually helping teenagers with their school work. They are not allowed newspapers or television, but they do watch videos. I purchased these because they are based on true stories and I hoped they might be inspiring for the kids.
Not only do they inspire the kids, but they seem to inspire the teachers as well!
I believe these DVDs would be excellent for any parent and preteen-to-teenage child.
It is well worth the cost to purchase these."
E. Co | Los Angeles | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great combo of two movies in one. no special features though, but the movies are both great and the quality is good too. If your looking for a no frills look at the movies, this is it."