Teachers is a 1984 film, directed by Arthur Hiller, who also brought us See No Evil, Hear No Evil in 1989. It stars Nick Nolte — in one of his best performances, as Alex Jurel, a jaded teacher, fed up with a school system that is more concerned with the teachers union to do anything about the countless children that are falling through the cracks. The school is being sued by a student who was graduated, despite lacking the ability to read. There are a bunch of other recognizable faces to round out what I would refer to as one of my favorite dramas of the Eighties. JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, Judd Hirsch, Morgan Freeman, Crispin Glover, Laura Dern and more, turn in memorable performances as the characters that make this school what it is.
Though there are enough comedic elements to make this a somewhat enjoyable watch for almost anyone, the plight of this teacher, and his new realization that the kids at this school are not the failures, but the teachers, it resonates for anyone who has been through a public school system, or parents of children who are there as we speak. Some teachers, and more importantly the school system as a whole, begin to care about only the parts of the job that assure their paycheck week-to-week. Is that the fault of the teacher, the fault of the school system, or a systemic issue that involves a lack of care and concern from both? Like anything else, this is a case-by-case situation, where not everyone can be fit into the same package, but Teachers does a great job at presenting a scenario where the system, and the educators it employs, are failing to educate these children because they are preoccupied with other things.
Olive Films brings Teachers to Blu-ray with a respectable transfer of the film. Sure, it’s not a 4K restoration, but it does look and sound better than it would if you were to just stream the movie on Netflix or Amazon Instant. I didn’t notice any kind of issues with the excessive use of DNR, nor did I notice any kind of compression artifacts. If digital scrubbing was used, it was done so sparingly. When the film first begins, the title sequence exhibits some wobbling, but by the time the film itself kicks in, it clears up. There is some noticeable print wear here and there, but nothing that ever detracts from your viewing experiences. White specks, and obvious spots of dirt or damage can be seen periodically, but for the most part, it’s a fairly clear presentation. No issues whatsoever to report on the audio side of things. I was actually quite impressed with the clarity of this DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio track.
If you are a fan of this film, Olive’s Blu-ray release is recommended. You may purchase a copy of your own by clicking here.