A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Studio: Lionsgate
Year: 2019
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Run time: 105 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: 1

College professors are a group of people who I typically have a certain level of contempt for. They tell students what to think rather than teaching them how to think, and they attempt to tear away any individuality which students may exhibit. For that reason, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this movie. It was about a type of person I don’t care for & the synopsis of the film made it sound like a boring story we’ve all seen more than once before. To my great surprise, it was a very funny & unique film.

All the acting in this film is commendable. Johnny Depp does a brilliant job playing the melancholic but also eccentric college professor who has stopped giving a damn about niceties. The writing is also very well done. The comedy in this film made me laugh more than a lot of straight up comedies manage to do these days. When I first read about ‘The Professor’ I thought it was going to be a slow drama, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very good throughout without any apparent issues. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The darker tones of the film looks great with the appropriate lighting making this film standout.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a very immersive soundtrack during the action sequences. This is a film where there is a lot of dialogue. Those looking for an audio mix that will take advantage of your equipment, this is the film for you. This is a very well done audio presentation that has dynamic range with the sound effects and a lot of panning from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Death and How to Live It: Making The Professor – Featurette
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Special Features: 2/10

Final Thoughts

Overall there is a small amount to complain about and there is much to praise with this film. The story is a familiar one, but the funny writing, unique & brilliant acting makes ‘The Professor’ stand out amongst other films about terminal illness.
Overall Rating: 8/10