THE PROFESSOR is directed by Wayne Roberts and this is his second feature film. This movie is simple in its design with a minimal amount of main characters. As for the writing, this has some comical moments with a Johnny Depp that I can get behind.
This isn’t him being some outlandish character in a fantasy movie or being weird for the sake of being weird. He is funny wit little effort and but just stating the obvious. His character also just doesn’t care about much at all and the closest thing that I can draw a parallel to is either Peter from OFFICE SPACE or Lester from AMERICAN BEAUTY. The film is broken into chapters so that each one is like a stage in Richard’s life from his diagnosis on.
Johnny Depp – Richard Brown
Rosemarie DeWitt – Veronica Sinclair-Brown
Odessa Young – Olivia Brown
Danny Huston – Peter Matthew
Zoey Deutch – Claire
Devon Terrell – Danny
Ron Livingston – Henry Wright
Siobhan Fallon Hogan – Donna
Linda Emond – Barbara
VIDEO QUALITY:The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has a very clean transfer. The details are sharp and lines on objects as well as people are definitive. You can really see the age in the characters and this goes extra for Depp. As the movie goes on, the added makeup to show him becoming iller but it is subtle enough to be very convincing. The coloring isn’t overly bold but there are some moments that are more brilliant than others. Grass and some reds do pop in the sunlight. Skin tones are warm and natural.
AUDIO QUALITY:The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. There is a lot of good surround use in the classroom and the bar scenes. Some are side conversations amongst the people there and other typical bar sounds. There are also some effects that are there to round out the mix but nothing too heavy. Speech is prioritized well with other elements on the track.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING-Death and How to Live It: Making THE PROFESSOR: This is a typical EPK with some cast and crew interviews.
1 Blu-ray Disc
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1