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The incredible story of wolfgang amadeus mozart told in flashback mode by antonio salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/08/2005 Starring: F. Murray Abraham Tom Hulce Run time: 158 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Milos Forman
The satirical sensibilities of writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) were ideally matched in this Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Shaffer's hit play about the rivalry between two composers in the court of Austrian Emperor Joseph II--official royal composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and the younger but superior prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The conceit is absolutely delicious: Salieri secretly loathes Mozart's crude and bratty personality, but is astounded by the beauty of his music. That's the heart of Salieri's torment--although he's in a unique position to recognize and cultivate both Mozart's talent and career, he's also consumed with envy and insecurity in the face of such genius. That such magnificent music should come from such a vulgar little creature strikes Salieri as one of God's cruelest jokes, and it drives him insane. Amadeus creates peculiar and delightful contrasts between the impeccably re-created details of its lavish period setting and the jarring (but humorously refreshing and unstuffy) modern tone of its dialogue and performances--all of which serve to remind us that these were people before they became enshrined in historical and artistic legend. Jeffrey Jones, best-known as Ferris Bueller's principal, is particularly wonderful as the bumbling emperor (with the voice of a modern midlevel businessman). The film's eight Oscars include statuettes for Best Director Forman, Best Actor Abraham (Hulce was also nominated), Best Screenplay, and Best Picture. --Jim Emerson
- what a terible waste
The "director's cut of AMADEUS is terrible IMHO.
How someone could transform an exciting, exhilariting movie like the original theatrical release of AMADEUS into a depressing, sad, bio is beyond my ability to understand.
Remember how Apocalypse Now was transformed into Apocalypse Redux? And how good the redux version was?
The Director's cut of AMADEUS is like the original cut of Apocalypse Now. Dark and depressing. If this version was edited by Milos Forman himself then he must have some serious issues.
I expected joy from THE DIRECTOR'S CUT of AMADEUS but received an honest rendition of absolute sadness. What can I say? It was just very sad.
It makes you understand the worth of film edting.
I'm sorry to have to write this, but that's the way it is. Only buy this cut if you're on prozac.
HOW ON EARTH DID THIS VERSION OF AMADEUS EVER FIND IT'S WAY ONTO A DVD?
- Extra scenes are a bit racy, but great movie!
Love this movie. One scene was particularly revealing, so be careful when watching with children....more info
- Another classic given proper treatment on Blu-Ray
My previous viewing of Amadeus was in a college classroom presented on VHS format on a large NTSC tube television. In that sitting the film came across as best it could I suppose, I saw a bit of the genius in Shaffer's screenplay, however it was less than grand and at times very difficult to hear the actors clearly (not to mention a muffled soundtrack). Looking for older movies on Blu I was excited to hear about this film. I knew it had the potential to be an excellent example of why Blu-Ray matters and I'm very happy Warner Bros gave this package treatment worthy of 5 stars.
Given the right equipment, a Blu-Ray viewing of Amadeus is incredible. The Doulby TrueHD lossless audio is excellent and the 1080p picture quality almost as good. Considering the lack of quality, properly calibrated displays in theaters when this film was released in the mid 80's; as with many classics released on Blu-Ray, a home theater viewing will be like the first time seeing this film for many.
The Blu-Ray book package contains the Directors Cut of the film along with many bonus features on the first disc. It also contains a digital copy of the movie on a DVD (data) disc which is copy-protected Windows Media format standard definition, lastly it contains an audio CD containing some of Mozart's most memorable pieces of music.
Some films deserve nothing less than the best quality audio and video possible and this is one of those movies. If you're even a casual fan of classical music this is one purchase you will not regret.
not impressed with the dvd not having a cover and coming in a plastic case with the only thing on the dvd to identify it was the small print on the disk....more info
The picture was very well cast. All parts were well acted. The DVD arrived in pristine condition and played without flaw....more info
- Enjoy the show but remember its fiction!
This is an enjoyable if grossly historically distorted account of Mozart and those around him. Please remember not to believe it! The pianist Moscheles who visited Salieri during his last illness in 1825 related that he tearfully protested his innocence to the last! Here we are continuing to believe in this nonsense.
Mozart's letters show him capable of vulgarites, but nonetheless reflects a generally sober and ambitious young man at times too full of himself, and prone to imaginary enemies, like his dad Leopold. Thus rivals are unnecessarily maligned e.g Clementi, and in this movie, Salieri. Contrary to the portrayal, Salieri was a prodigy, if not on such dimensions as Mozart. He was extremely successful as a composer, not quite overshadowed by Mozart in the 1780's yet, and considered by Gluck to be his true heir (indeed a fair assessment). At the time of Mozart's death, both Mozart and Salieri had fallen out of favour at court, since the new emperor Leopold II had no time for them but prefered his own favourite Cimarosa. Thus indeed there was no reason for Salieri to murder Mozart! In fact during this time they actually became good friends. Only some time after Mozart's death did senseless and malicious rumours start to spread about Salieri's poisoning him. It resulted in Pushkin's play, Dargomizshky's opera, and now in our times Amadeus. In fact Mozart died of overwork because he was trying to make enough money to support his expensive lifestyle (he detested being looked down upon by the nobility). What do we know of the true Salieri? He was highly respected, and Beethoven sought in out as a teacher. He was also generous towards his pupils, giving lessons to Schubert and young Liszt for free because they could not afford the fees.
Constanze did not fsir so badly. But still there were untruths, such as she abandoning him during his illness. He only fell ill after she returned from her treatment at the spa (yes she was ill, not going for fun). After his death, she proved to be an astute business woman and great custodian of his music, ensuring not only his lasting fame but also that their children were never in want. The world thought badly of her as a result of her father-in-law's and sister-in-law's relentless campaign against her....more info
- Stick with Theatrical Version
This version of "Amadeus" was fabulously disappointing. The writing in the extra scenes are atrociously bad. They don't flow at all and they are so badly written they make what was left in the theatrical version look bad. It's amazing to see how they made a Best Picture out of this movie.
The extra scenes are also dull, obviously written to flesh out a plot that didn't need fleshing out- you can infer everything these scenes add, or, make your own interpretation of Salieri's motivations and character. In this way, the scenes insult the intelligence of the viewer. And they're boring too! They slow the pace of the movie down, and it's far less exciting. That's something the theatrical version did well - it was very exciting.
For people who know the original well, you're not missing anything with the Director's Cut.
For people who have never seen Amadeus, at least see the theatrical version first....more info
- "It is Miraculous"
"Amadeus" is truly one of the greatest films of all time and one of the greatest I've ever seen. I haven't seen the film since I was a child and now it's available on Blu Ray which I had the great pleasure of purchasing for only $15. "Amadeus" never looked better and since it's the Director's Cut, the entire movie is gloriously presented in high definition. The 1080p transfer is fantastic and the audio is superb. The nice thing about this package is that it comes in a Blu Ray Book which is what it is, a book. When you open it you see the movie disc on the inside cover followed by pages on photos and commentary on the film. On the inside back cover is a special CD Compilation of Mozart's music. The movie disc also features a one hour "Making Of" documentary, which I don't remember being on any other DVD release.
The film itself is extraordinary. The story tells of composers Antonio Salieri (played by F. Abraham Murray) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (played by Tom Hulce). Salieri is a self-proclaimed rival of Mozarts and is deadly envious of Mozart's talent. He absolutely loves Mozart's work but hates that Mozart has the talent and he doesn't. The story chronicles their story as colleagues in Vienna and Mozart becomes a star as Salieri's popularity wanes leading to the end of the film where Mozart dies and Salieri blames himself for it. The film is beautifully shot with gorgeous sets and costumes and the ever so amazing music of Mozart. F. Abraham Murray puts on an amazing performance in which his Oscar was well deserved.
Overall, if you haven't seen "Amadeus", go out and get it, whether you buy or rent it. You have to see it. For Blu Ray owners, definitely get this one while it's on sale. It's a must have for true lovers of film....more info
- Amadeus brilliantly restored in Blu-Ray!!
Looks like I should have waited since now this Blu-ray edition of this Oscar winner is now $14.99 instead of $26.99 which I paid about a week and half ago!! That's even cheaper than what Best buy advertised. Anyway I found this edition to boast better chroma and sound than the version HD Net broadcasted. A plus definitely is the CD of Mozart selections by Neville Mariner. As for Digital Copy, I didn't find the image on computer to be much worse than it would be on Standard Def. Anyway if you love this film like I do and am a music lover--I do recommend this film along with the Godfather trilogy in Blu-Ray as well. ...more info
- Tp Notch Amadeus
I absolutely loved the movie. It is captivating to learn the level of his abilities as a musician. My son who is studying music got so much from the movie. My son was also able to explain to me how a lot of the metal music is rooted in classical music and why....more info
- Mozart's Middle Name was Much More Impressive
This is a great film. I missed the theatrical premiere of Amadeus in 1984 as I wrongly assumed that it was a thinly veiled documentary on the life of Mozart. AMADEUS is a beautiful film that succeeds in adding depth to the two main characters. It is not a musical documentary.
AMADEUS was derived from the 1979 play of the same name and is loosely based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film focuses on the alleged rivalry between young Mozart and the Viennese Court Composer Antonio Salieri. The story is told from the point of view of an aging Salieri. In the movie Salieri, committed to an asylum after attempting suicide, confesses Mozart's murder to a priest. In doing so Salieri recounts his association with Mozart and thus the story of Mozart's rise and fall.
In watching the film you find no hard evidence of a homicide unless murder is defined as Salieri's infrequent attempts to stifle young Mozart's career. Indeed the only assassination activity we witness is Salieri confessing to the crime. Unlike the 1830's Russian Opera, Mozart and Salieri where there is no doubt that Salieri poisoned Mozart, the closest Salieri comes to harming Mozart is his mysterious appearance in dark costume to commission an a requiem - thus playing on Mozart's guilt over his father's death - and the all-nighter perpetrated after Mozart's collapse during the operatic The Magic Flute. The bottom line is that Salieri's plots were little more than egotistical unrealized schemes and boasts of unfair divine intervention.
AMADEUS can hardly be considered biographical other than occasional inclusion of historical events. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was admirably portrayed Tom Hulc, who a slightly older 20th century generation will remember as freshman Larry Kroger from 1978's ANIMAL HOUSE. Hulc played the part of Mozart stressing the composer's eccentric behavior and erratic mood swings in between his moments of genius. In Mozart we discover a composer with a musical photographic memory able to commit finished great works to paper without so much as a rough draft.
Mozart was multitalented pianist and composer of operas, symphonies, and concertos. He departs Salzburg for better prospects in Vienna. Unfortunately Mozart's inability to humble or ingratiate himself before Antonio Salieri's incurs the court composer's wrath.
F. Murray Abraham won a coveted Oscar as best actor for his portrayal of Salieri. In AMADEUS Salieri is torn between his outright admiration for the gifted young composer and his jealous envy of Mozart's talent. Salieri becomes obsessed with Mozart to the point of employing spies to report back on Mozart's work. Despite Salieri's best efforts to derail or retard Mozart's popularity with Emperor Joseph II, Mozart brazenly forces his way. As it turns out Salieri is one of Mozart's biggest fans and, though he often occupies obscure and low key vantage points at Mozart's performances, attends every one religiously.
At this point in the film we sadly witness the downfall of Mozart. The composer lives in excess of his financial means. As such he is constantly fretting about his debts, yet that does not stop him from additional binge spending. Mozart disdains the usual income generating scenarios of the day, specifically earning money through the musical tutoring of wealthy pupils, to the prolific production of works and displays of his talent at non-traditional venues such as an outdoor concert. It is a great way to advertise talent, but hardly a means to pay the rent.
Mozart is unable to come to grips with his father's disapproval of his marriage and his lifestyle. He immerses himself further into guilt after the death of his father. At this point in Amadeus, by means of the housemaid-turned-spy's report to Salieri, we are treated to the first hint that Mozart is not in good health. He is reported to be guzzling medicine by day and alcohol by night. This disclosure is the first clue that Mozart's days are numbered based on natural causes, not Salieri's baseless plots. Still Salieri formulates what he thinks will be the ultimate irony in donning Mozart's father's former costume and mask and appearing anonymously at the Mozart apartment door. In doing so he evokes both Mozart's fear and guilt over his deceased father, which only adds to Wolfgang's depression. Salieri's plan is to clandestinely commission Mozart to complete a requiem. His ultimate goal is to take possession of the completed requiem, claim it as his own work, and arrange its performance at Mozart's own funeral.
Mozart however, has the last laugh in that he is persuaded by another associate to compose a lighthearted opera. He puts aside the unfinished melancholy requiem and produces a successful performance. By this time his unknown illness has itself reached its climax and Mozart is felled during the performance. Escorted home to his empty apartment, Mozart is attended to by Salieri who offers to transcribe for Mozart and help finish the requiem. Mozart's wife, who returns only moments before an exhausted Mozart dies, foils Salieri in his attempt to snatch the requiem. The film then returns to an older Salieri recounting how his own music has been largely forgotten while Mozart's works have achieved legendary status. Adding insult to injury the maestro is then wheeled down a hallway (looking more like a dungeon) housing some of the other more obvious insane inmates of the lunatic asylum.
The AMADEUS soundtrack is chock full of beautiful segments of Mozart symphonies, concertos, and operas. The majority of the movie was lensed in (what was then) Czechoslovakia to provide period realism. The environs of Prague survived the Second World War without signficant damage and many of the historic buildings required little in the way of set dressing.
Although the film is part history and half fiction, it is a great introduction to the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It certainly spurred me to pursue additional research on Mozart and his music....more info
Amadeus was Mozart's middle name. It means "loved by God." The film studies the contrast between Mozart's genius and Salieri's mediocrity. It is really about Mozart's rival with Pinto from "Animal House" in a supporting role. Late in life, Salieri confesses to having poisoned Mozart. Scholars generally agree that Mozart died from Rheumatic fever, Another conspiracy theory debunked! Amadeus won 8 Academy Awards. Saul Zaentz is the producer, the guy who clashed with John Fogerty over rights to the songs Fogerty wrote for CCR. Zaentz headed Fantasy Records.
- DIRECTORS CUT
Having always liked the movie Amadeus...I foung the directors cut to be better than the theater version. There is about 20 minutes of additional footage that explains a bit more of the movie....more info
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Enough Said
This is the director's cut version of the critically acclaimed movie, "Amadeus," which premiered in 1984.
This is a wonderful movie. The acting is superb, it is visually beautiful, and of course the music is beyond words....besides, it's nice to be "historically entertained" (i.e., I learn something, but don't realize it because I'm enjoying myself).
I actually bought the movie for my grandson to enjoy when he gets older. In the meantime, my son watched it and loved it too.
- Lush and Magical Mozart - Best Picture of 1984
I see many reviews comparing the various formats, but I wanted to write about this movie, a thrashing good one. Amadeus tells us the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the perspective of contemporary Salieri, and the device makes for a richer viewing experience because the Mozart depicted in the movie is a divine musical genius, but an immature, prideful man-child in his life. The film makes the point that he died in poverty, unthinkable today for an artist of his stature.
Tom Hulce was nominated for Best Actor as Mozart, not only a musical genius but taking a joyful pride in his music. This Mozart is presented as an 18th century rock-star, chasing skirts and drinking wine the moment the music stops, in addition to having a certain disrespect for all who are musically beneath him - in other words, pretty much everyone.
F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award as Salieri, who is vastly less talented, but at least understands and appreciates Mozart's music. Salieri's music is a calling, and we're shown early in the film that Salieri has become a kind of musical priest - asking God for enough ability to rise out of his working class background to be able to hobknob with royalty. He lives an otherwise monk-like life, and when he sees the irreverent Mozart showing scarcely a care for anything, yet apparently touched with an ability that could only come from Heaven, something in Salieri snaps - he vows to crush God's favored musical son. (The film is based on the 1979 play by Peter Shaffer. The thought to depict the rivalry between Mozart and Salieri is based on one of Mozart's letters in which he wrote that he thought Salieri was so jealous he might poison him, but there appears to be no evidence that Salieri was involved in any way with the early demise of Mozart.)
Prodigiously prolific, Mozart composed 41 symphonies (to 9 by Beethoven) and 23 Operas (to 1 by Beethoven), along with a horde of genius concertos, chamber pieces, piano works and sacred music. Genius musicians cannot comprehend the creative gift that would allow Mozart to do all this before dying at age thirty-five.
There are a few framing devices in the film - we first see an elderly Salieri many years after Mozart's death, consumed with guilt that he killed Mozart. Most of the story is told in flashbacks with old Salieri confessing to a Priest.
We see the boy genius Mozart, playing piano and violin for royalty as a toddler. We see the first meeting between Mozart and Salieri - Mozart has been invited to Vienna to perform for the Austrian Emperor Joseph. Mozart works for his patron, the Bishop of Salzberg, but Mozart is irreverent and disrespectful. Emperor Joseph (played in a comic turn by Jeffrey Jones) sees an opportunity to woo the promising Mozart to stay in Vienna and commissions an opera - The Marriage of Figaro. This causes some consternation among the royal house since the opera is based on a play that has been banned in Vienna (due to its satirical view of aristocracy just prior to the French Revolution). Many of Mozart's other unconventional methods are scrutinized and criticized. After the eventual premiere of Figaro the Emperor comes back stage with his entourage and offers lukewarm encouragement. When the Emperor can't think of a musical term to characterize his lack of enthusiasm he turns to his Kapelmeister who admonishes Mozart that there are "too many notes". Mozart asks "which would you like me to remove?"
Milos Forman won the Oscar for direction, one of eight academy awards for the film. I saw attempts to recapture the epic proportions of Amadeus later in The Red Violin, Immortal Beloved and Copying Beethoven, but Amadeus still stands atop the heap of artistic film interpretations of musical greatness. Amadeus is immense in scale and ambition, but also intimate in moments, serious and light. Forman's balancing act may take historical licenses, but it engages our attention, our sympathy, and our enthusiasm....more info
- Great Movie
I really have loved this movie for years. Now i had the chance to get it in HD.
It just looks great on full HD. a bit grainy on some dark scenes but not to cry over it. love the colors, the music etc.. sadly enough my receiver is broken so i had to content myself with the osund coming out of the tv.
But this is a must if you love classical music. This version comes with a cd containg music from the movie, a booklet with pics and actors biografy and a disc that will halp you get your digital copy for mobile stuff.
Go buy it. you wont regret...more info
- What more are you waiting for?
If you've never seen Amadeus, shut down your computer, make your way to a local video store, and rent a copy ASAP. It's a wonderfully acted, beautifully shot, and meticulously designed period classic that still holds up today. The Blu-ray edition is a great place to start. While its video transfer could have been more faithful to its source, it still offers a substantial upgrade over previous releases. Add to that an immersive lossless audio track, an engaging collection of special features, and an attractive digibook that includes an hour-long audio CD is sure to please newcomers and longtime fans alike....more info
- A Great Film, Made a Little Less Great
Debates about the original theatrical release vs. the Director's Cut can be found in other reviews. I enjoy both versions of the film.
My major complaint with this release is the quality of the video. Warner has used DNR (digital noise reduction) to "clean up" the film. The film grain is no longer visible - even when the video is projected onto a large screen - and fine detail has been lost or smeared.
This really breaks my heart, as this is one of my favorite films. I can only hope there is eventually a better video mastering committed to disc....more info
- BLU-RAY AMADEUS IS FANTASTIC!!!
I don't know what the guy was talking about who said this wasn't up to snuff. It more than is! Fantastic blu-ray clarity, unbelievable high-def sound. I pre-ordered and paid full price before the price cut and guess what? I'm not disappointed! One of my favorite movies of all time -- it's like seeing it for the first time all over again. A hearty thank you to all responsible and involved in bringing this gem to blu-ray. ...more info
- What a great movie!
This artistic biography of Amadeus Mozart is not just for classical music fans. If your into music of any type the excitement of musical genius can be paralleled with the artist that inspires you. An exciting movie in and of itself, whether you love music or never even turn on the radio, this movie will hold you in trance to the very end. You will find yourself searching for Mozart CD's or MP3s on Amazon right after the disc pops out. You may even be thinking of getting yourself a keyboard. The blu-ray version is not much better than an upconverted DVD but it is better. I believe there was not enough extras included for this to be a "special" release, but still well worth adding to your collection....more info
- blu-ray picture quality is horrible - a big disappointment
This is one of my top 10 favorite movies, so I was very pleased to see a blu-ray release. When I received it, and put it on, I thought there was something wrong with my 1080p TV / blu-ray player. Testing other movies, I found that was not the case. Amadeus, on blu-ray looks horrible, it is very digitized to the point of distraction. Of the many HD blu-ray discs I have tested, it is by far the worst. Compare it to the image of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which came out ten years earlier, but the image is stunning. What was WB thinking? No wonder they cut the price by 50 % only one week after its release. They are trying to sell as many as they can before the word gets out. ...more info
- Incredible story, great acting and wonderful music make for a work of genius!.
Amadeus is a fantastic and amazing period piece epic that was directed by Milos Forman, the same guy who did One Flew Over The Cookoo's Nest. I remember seeing this film numerous times when I was a kid as it was one of my sister's favorite films, I loved it back then and I still love it now, I just had to get myself a copy of this wonderful film on blu-ray. Not only is it a gripping human drama but the film is just great to look at whether it was the sets or the costumes it was just simply magnificent. And of course the famous music which everyone has heard at least once in their lives, made me appreciate classical music even more and there is something in the music that makes Mozart immortal, there is a leading group of characters and an impressive orchestra accompaniment for this work. It's a glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as the famous operas like The Magic Flute, Dov Sono, Lucio Silla ect. This marvelous winner of eight Academy Awards portrays the rivalry between the genius Mozart (played brilliantly by Tom Hulce) and the jealous court composer (Best Actor Oscar Winner F.Murray Abraham) who may have ruined Mozart's career and shortened his life. There may be some high caliber acting in the film, but Wolfie can't be pushed to the background as Mozart's music also becomes another character in the film. Do not accept the film as historical fact though as most of it is an invention of playwright Peter Shaffer, although it was inspired by fact. Salieri wasn't responsible for Mozart's death and didn't really have it out for his rival composer. Just be swept up on the tapestry, acting and music and it will be a fantastic ride. Although I do appreciate that we get a director's cut I was a bit disappointed that you also didn't get the theatrical cut that I've grew up watching in the 80's, but I'm still happy to have this excellent film in high definition, anyway here's the plot:
In Vienna 1823, an old man attempts to commit suicide by slitting his throat. He's unsuccessful in the attempt when his servants burst into the room. He's then taken to an insane asylum and a priest Father Vogler (Richard Frank) comes in to take his confession. The man is the composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham in a fantastic and memorable performance), who was the court composer for Austrian Emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri plays him some of his compositions to which the priest confesses that he doesn't recognize. He then plays a tune that the father recognizes and is amused. He says that he didn't know Salieri wrote the tune and Salieri, replies that he didn't that it was a composition by Mozart. We then get flashbacks as Salieri recounts how he was responsible for the death of the famous composer. Mozart was a child prodigy who was toured around Europe by his father Leopold (Roy Dotrice). When Salieri met him he was expecting much from his idol, but what he finds is a childish and misbehaved man(Tom Hulce) who has been touched by God to make glorious music.
Salieri was the one who wanted that touch, but finds himself lacking in comparison to the effortless way in which Mozart pulls masterpieces out of the air he becomes increasingly more jealous as time goes by. He then secretly vows that he will go against the wishes god and destroy this creature that he's chosen to be his vessel. It has gone to the point where he is obsessed but it becomes a difficult task to match the greatness of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tom Hulce of course depicts Mozart as a drunken womanizer with a goofy high pitched laugh and likes partying alot which was pretty cool, I always preferred this version of the character than the real life one as Hulce made the character seem more fun and energetic. His character also faces alot of problems as he soon becomes poor and his health deteriorates and he could barely support his wife played by Elizabeth Berridge and his infant son.
Amadeus is an acting tour-de-force that won nominations for both Hulce and Abraham in the category of best actor. The film would go on to garner eight Oscars out of the eleven that it was nominated for, including winning best picture in 1984. Amadeus is presented in a 1080p high definition transfer (2.35:1). Special features include a commentary with director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer. The 60-minute "Making of Amadeus" is presented in standard definition, as is the 2 minute theatrical trailer. Disc two has 8 tracks of Mozart's brilliant music totaling 60 minutes and disc three is a digital copy of the film. Discs one and two are housed in a digibook design that contains 35 pages of production notes and photographs. The digital copy is also in a separate sleeve. Well what else can I say, Amadeus is truly a classic film that is only enhanced by appearing on high definition. It brings all of the good things the film has to offer into clearer light. I wish I could give this more than five stars, it totally ROCKS!!!. Check it out. ...more info