|Amadeus (Director's Cut)
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- 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
- Embarrassing release
This disc features a grain filtered transfer with no 1080p detail whatsoever, instead you get smeary textures everytime something moves. Completely unacceptable for a film of this stature. WB, show some respect and release a decent and film-like version of this film on Blu Ray, not this video travesty....more info
This DVD is super, what more is there to say. May not be historically accurate throughout, but it's a great way to introduce classical music to young people. Love it, recommend it....more info
- And it's all true, give or take a lie or two...
Beautifully made film of the life of Mozart (Tom Hulce), told from the point of view of rival composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), now an old man living in an insane asylum.
I'm not sure how accurate "Amadeus" is, with respect to historical details (in fact, from what I can remember, the stage version gives different and contradictory accounts of some of the events in the film), but unless you are specifically looking for a documentary on the life Mozart, that's not too great an issue. "Amadeus" takes the basic details of a number of historical figures and spins a story around them that is even better than real life. It is a classic tale of rivalry with religious overtones, lavish musical numbers (taken from Mozart's operas, although translated into English), and some of the most gorgeous costumes you have ever seen.
Everyone in this film is perfectly cast, and Abraham well deserved the Best Actor Oscar that he received, but for me it was Hulce who stole the show with his inane laugh and catalogue of eccentricities. Hulce never really went on to much after "Amadeus", and I will admit that I wasn't all that impressed with his performances in other movies (such as "Parenthood" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"), but Mozart seems like the part that he was born to play and this film is worth watching, if only for him.
- 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
- 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
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.
I got the DVD at a very good price and prompt delivery. I was very satisfied with this product....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
I'm doing a term paper on Mozart for an elective course, and I must say, the film "Amadeus" is so far from fact that I couldn't really enjoy it. Just don't watch it thinking you're going to learn much of who Mozart really was.
He and his wife produced six children, for example - the movie shows only one. Wouldn't the death of 4 of his kids in infancy made him slightly less chipper?
Of course I loved the snippets of music; who wouldn't? But it was more like a smooth melding of "Greatest Hits Melodies" than a chance to really get into his music.
Can someone recommend - can someone MAKE - a movie that really does Mozart justice?
This movie is really a Johnny One Note....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 Is Perfectly Named
I recently watched AMADEUS for the second time and was amazed by what a perfect film it is. Totally historically accurate to the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? No, but the script faithfully follows the basic facts of his life and death with a heavy dose of speculation. Tom Hulce is simply wonderful as Mozart and he believably creates a vulgar, annoying (who can forget that awful laugh?)often socially clueless little man who still fulfills the meaning of his second name "Amadeus" in being beloved by God at least in terms of musical talent. F. Murray Abraham is perfect as Austrian Emperor Joseph's, court composer, Salieri. Salieri possessed social skills, musical talent and training, burning ambition and at least in the beginning piousness. It seems plausible that Salieri's realization of himself as a mediocre composer compared to the musically great though often bizarre Mozart could have driven him to obsession and madness. The costumes and interior furnishings in the film are beautiful and the Prague filming location which stands in for Vienna fully creates the atmosphere of an 18th century European city. Though Hulce and Abraham are the obvious acting standouts the rest of the film is very well cast. I'm no music scholar but Mozart's music which comprises the score seems to be perfectly presented. And the scenes from his operas are so well recreated in the original 18th century manner that they alone are reason enough to watch the film. Yet the rich universal themes are the biggest strengths of AMADEUS. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by those who think they hate classical music or films with historical settings. ...more info
- Where's the original theatrical cut??
I'm writing this review as someone who absolutely loves the film "Amadeus." It really is one of the top ten films made after 1980 -- a gorgeous, engrossing, funny, hugely entertaining achievement.
I'm also writing this review as someone who does not own the Blu-Ray edition and in fact refuses to buy it in its current form, even at the low, low sale price of $13.99.
Why? And why only two stars? For one reason and one reason only: this Blu-Ray edition does not (as far as I can tell) contain the original theatrical release.
When "Blade Runner" was released on Blu-Ray last year, I snatched it up immediately. I even paid $30+ for it -- gladly. Why? There were FIVE DIFFERENT VERSIONS of the film included in the package, including the original release with Harrison Ford's voiceover.
When "The Godfather Trilogy" was released on Blu-Ray, I paid more than $40 for it -- gladly -- because they had ALL THREE Godfather films included in the package.
So it's baffling why they didn't do the same thing with "Amadeus." At $30+ or even $40+ it would've been a steal. Without the original theatrical cut, I wouldn't pay more than $5 for this Blu-Ray disc.
I own the standard-definition DVDs of "Amadeus" -- both the original theatrical version (released in 1997!!) AND the Director's Cut that was released a few years later. While the Director's Cut DOES make some things a little clearer in the story, nothing in the Director's Cut -- NOTHING -- makes it a better film. With all due respect to Milos Forman, the original theatrical version is VASTLY SUPERIOR to the Director's Cut. The storytelling is tighter, the film more engrossing. The scenes that were added in the Director's Cut with Kenneth MacMillan and the barking dogs would've been better in a Deleted Scenes section of the DVD -- they're extraneous, superfluous. Too many notes.
It's like the French plantation sequence in "Apocalypse Now" (ANOTHER DVD package that was smart enough to include both the "Redux" version AND the original theatrical release), where you can't wait for the director's self-indulgent digression to end so you can get back to the story.
I would MUCH prefer to watch my 1997 standard-definition DVD of the original theatrical release than pay more than $5 for this Blu-Ray edition. If you've never seen the film, I envy you -- you'll love it. But don't buy this version. Get this one instead: http://www.amazon.com/Amadeus-F-Murray-Abraham/dp/6304712936/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1237481543&sr=8-2
The picture quality won't be as good as Blu-Ray, but you'll be seeing a better film....more info
- Extraordinary. Legendary. Epic. Beautiful.
What do you get when you combine the life story of one of the greatest classical composers, two terrific actors, and a musical score and soundtrack that rivals any of the past, present, or future? You get Amadeus. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the musical prodigy himself is brought to life by the masterful acting of Tom Hulce and featured in the flashback retelling of Antonio Salieri's confessions in a mad house. As a winner of 8 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) Amadeus crosses that border and achieves true greatness. Seeing it remastered on Blu-ray is simply a sight to behold.
The story joins us after the great composer's death with Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) confessing to the supposed murder of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To give the priest further insight into all that transpired he regales us with the story through the eyes of the once popular musician. While Salieri was at his prime as a court composer for the Emperor of Salzbourg, Mozart was a mere child prodigy composing masterpieces as early as the age of four. When Mozart "matures" and enters Salieri's Vienna, the battle of pomp versus prodigy begins. Despite Mozart's overwhelming talent, Salieri's experience in the city's musical arena gives him an edge. But such experience can only last for so long and in time Antonio finds himself outshone by his young adversary.
Amadeus offers stellar performances by F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce which to this day define their careers in my eyes. Abraham's turn as Salieri owes no small part to Abraham's outstanding ability to convey multiple emotions across his face in mere seconds. The interactions between Abraham and Hulce make this film. Whether Salieri is criticizing Amadeus from afar or by voice over, the development of the two as equally revered musicians with different flaws sets the two at such stark contrast. One is carefree and successful and the other a chaste musician past his prime cursing God for his fall from the spotlight. Abraham and Hulce play the roles of their lifetimes and to see it with the additional 20 minutes of the Director's cut only enhances the experience.
Actually, that deserves special mention. I've always loved Amadeus - though I've only ever seen it in its non-Director's cut incarnation. It was always beautiful but it did have pacing problems. I used to attribute the film's problems to it being overly long - after all, keeping a story going strong for almost three hours has to be an arduous task. Yet, it's the addition of an extra 20 minutes by director Milos Forman that fixes the problem. Where Amadeus once stretched a little too thin, the newly added scenes fill out the experience. I understand the hesitation to double-dip and buy the same movie in a new incarnation - but in this case the benefits are worthwhile.
As it only seems proper, the soundtrack to Amadeus prominently features scores by Mozart and a few by the begrudging Salieri. The final scene of the movie between Salieri and Mozart features some of the most powerful music moments; the two are in a dark candlelit room as Salieri transcribes the dying notes of Mozart's fugue. With every narration of musical note we hear its echo as a choir sings the very piece he instructs Salieri to write. As I said, the music here is beautiful and powerful giving the film's final minutes a profound air.
As far as supporting roles go, it would take forever to name them all. One especially worthy of mention is Jeffrey Jones (of Ferris Bueller principal fame) who plays the Emperor. Jones puts on such an amused air for most of the film that he's quite fun to watch. Roderick Cook and Jonathan Moore play two of the Emperor's closest advisors and add a good deal of comedic relief to the film. Elizabeth Berridge plays Constanze Mozart and does the flighty female support well. I mention these supporting roles because they're certainly well-done - but compared to the powerhouse performances of the two leads everyone else just pales.
Milos Forman has directed a beautiful film from Peter Shaffer's screenplay; Amadeus deserves another look. Amadeus is a wondrous spectacle of filmmaking and to see the Director's cut in such beautiful definition is fantastic.
Blu-ray Extra Features:
The Blu-ray edition of the Amadeus: Director's Cut gives the various audio and subtitle features, an additional Digital Copy of the film and a theatrical trailer. The case features a full-color booklet detailing production, the cast and the story behind the film.
Director and Writer Audio Commentary:
Just wow. While I don't equate the commentary track to the audio track of the actual film, hearing Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman discuss the intricacies of Amadeus and the performances and the lavish sets in Prague rocks the socks off of any audio commentary I've heard so far.
"The Making of Amadeus" Documentary"
Many DVD and Blu-ray releases have a feature just like this one- only never this long or meaningful. It only seems right that the "Making of" documentary for Amadeus would be a full hour. Just like the film it's beautifully made and well worth watching. Even if you aren't swept away by the film, "The Making of Amadeus" documentary stands on its own legs. Watch it.
Special CD Compilation:
The Blu-ray version comes packaged with a third bonus disc with 8 audio tracks of Mozart's music. It's a nice compilation. It doesn't feature more than one or two epic Mozart tracks and works as a sort of introduction to Mozart's works....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.
- More historical accuracy would have done more justice to the movie
This movie was one of the best Hollywood has ever produced. I do not have to repeat the salient features one more time, as scores of reviewers already did that.
However, what disturbed me was this. This movie was based on historical facts. I am very sad to say that, the director, to elevate Mozart's greatness, went great lengths to put down Maestro Salieri to the extent that he showed Salieri having difficulty in composing a small welcome march to Mozart. That was the height of inaccuracy. No one becomes a court composer for nothing. Salieri did produce some of the great compositions of his time.
Based on Mozart's allegations of victimization, lot of research went in to find the truth behind them and found that Salieri was jealous but at no point he thwarted Mozart's chances of ascending into the greatness or gaining opportunities. In fact, the movie rightly portrayed that most of Mozart's financial problems, and missed opportunites were due to his lifestyle.
My point is this: Mozart would still stand great, and he was the best original musician the world has ever witnessed even when you set historical facts straight....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
- my favorite movie
this is simply my favorite movie, the blu ray looks incredible, directors cut footage is great.
music cd included. what more do you want, just buy it if you like mozart....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
- Better than you remember
The Blu-Ray transfer is flawless, the sound incredible, and the extended scenes of the opera performances are awesome. Very impressive product!...more info
I found that the film was not at all as I expected- a staid Merchant-Ivory type production mixed with a hint of Masterpiece Theater. This was both good and bad. On the positive side is the very dramatic structure of the film, being told from Mozart's inferior rival's, Antonio Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham), point of view. On the down side is the over the top performance by Tom Hulce, as Mozart, especially with that pointlessly distracting guffaw. Also, as the DVD delineates which scenes were altered, extended, or added in toto, it becomes obvious that director Milos Forman's original cut was the superior, as none of the added scenes adds palpably to the thrust of the film. Yes, I liked the added scene of Mozart's wife, Constanze (Elizabeth Berridge), getting naked to try to sexually please Salieri, to advance her husband's career, for Berridge was certainly a major hotty with the body back then, but, despite my prurient interest, the scene is pointless.... Unfortunately, in either version, this is nowhere near a great film. It's a fun, solid romp, but the American accents and slang that infiltrate Eighteenth Century Viennese society are just too much, as is Hulce as Mozart. No, a staid portrayal of the man would have been dull, but a genius as idiot savant, or a step above, is not worthy of this dramatic treatment, either. That it only heightens Salieri's frustration is dramatically defensible, but since the whole notion of Salieri's envy and hatred of Mozart is a historical fiction, there really was no reason to go so over the top in the first place.
The rest of the cast does fairly well. Berridge as the clueless wife, Jeffrey Jones, as Emperor Joseph, is a dolt with a heart, who doesn't understand how to run his own life, much less a nation....All in all, I would recommend the film, but as a light diversion, not a serious inquiry in to art nor the artistic mindset. That film has yet to be made.
- Nude Scene Ruins Movie
The nude scene where Constanze (Elizabeth Berridge) bares her ample breasts for a leering Salieri really detracts from the movie. It was not in the theatrical release and it should have been left where it belongs - on the cutting room floor. Do we need nudity in every movie that comes out of Hollywood? What a shame....more info
- Still Fantastic!
Great movie, stands the test of time. Blu-ray transfer is great! The added scenes are solid but if you have seen this movie as many times as I have, they really stand out as odd... That's not something I would count against it. The music and the way it is used in the film is spectacular....more info
- An Unforgettable Classic
Amadeus is a gripping drama based on the wonderful play by Peter Shaffer. This is an unforgettable film which explores the universal theme of mediocrity in the face of greatness. Antonio Salieri, (F. Murry Abraham), is court composer in the court of Emperor Charles of Vienna. He is loved by everyone and esteemed because of his musical creations. However, a new genius comes on the scene: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (Tom Hulse). Salieri immediately recognizes the genius of this extraordinary man, although he is appalled by his brusque and uncouth manner. Salieri's admiration is surpassed by his consuming jealousy, and he will stop at nothing to destroy his rival. This movie brings into question the fairness of divine justice. Why are some people blessed with greatness while others have to struggle? Salieri angrily questions God as he prepares to exact revenge upon Him through abusing His instrument. "You say God is not mocked. I say: Man is not mocked!"
This film is truly exceptional! All of the performers portray their characters excellently, particularly Abraham, who won a well-deserved Oscar. The movie contains beautifully rendered examples of Mozart's work, and portrays the characters as human beings. We can all relate to these characters: Salieri, the mediocre and overlooked individual brings to mind all of our failures. Abraham makes us empathize with this despicable individual. Hulce makes us feel empathy for Mozart because we witness his fall from greatness into despair as a result of his poverty.
Please give this film a chance....more info
- Can less be more....You bet!
Amadeus has been one of my favorite movies since first I saw it,so I was very excited to hear of the added 20 minutes of footage in the "Directors cut" Blu-ray edition. More Amadeus...What could be better? The original, that's what.
For the first time I realized how much good editing can contribute to a film. I found that the added scenes did nothing to improve the movie and in some instances even diminished it in some way. Although I generally approve of the addition of breasts to any film (not because they make a better film, I just like em') even this scene I feel was best left out.
All in all, "Amadeus" with or without the added scenes, is in my opinion, one of the great films of all time.
Watch it and enjoy!...more info
- Unique perspective on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I saw this movie several times in the past and could not pass up the opportunity to see if Blu-ray would contribute much.
This is a unique approach to the life and contributions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is told through the filter of an acquaintances' Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) of who struggle with god. In addition, we seeing the movie of course may miss some of the play but being a movie we have replaced them with visions of Prague, where the movie was filmed.
The only thing that can be a bit annoying to some people is the laughing style they gave Mozart (Tom Hulce) in this production.
Be sure to watch the extra information where the different actors and the director tell about the trials and tribulations of getting a film crew in to Prague 1984 and having to deal with the secret police.
Get a different view of the play in Midsomer Murders: The Death of a Hollow Man
Midsomer Murders: The Death of a Hollow Man
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
- This movie will make anyone an instant classical music fan
This is a must see movie. The acting, directing, costumes and, of course the music are stellar. The directers cut is longer then the original but it is just more of a great thing. Also the short section on the making of the film is worth veiwing.
This movie is rated as on of the top 100 films by the AFI and you can see why....more info
- 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?
- 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
- Amadeus- Director's Cut
The Director's version added about thirty minutes and a fair amount of information. It's a beautiful film that deals with brilliance, mediocrity, jealousy, obsession, and tragedy. What's not to like! Thank you Amazon.com. Rich ...more info
- Gratuitous Nudity
The music of Mozart is glorious. By itself, it has sufficient power to sustain the movie from the beginning to the end. Don't look for historical accuracy here (no scholars believe that Salieri poisoned Mozart) but this is entertainment, not a documentary. The nude scene where Elizabeth Berridge strips and bares her ample breasts is totally uncalled for and destroys the logic of the film. Without the scene, Constanza rightfully resents Salieri for his jealousy of Mozart's unsurpassed composition skills. With the scene, Constanze becomes a cheap slut spurned by Salieri. But if you like gorgeous naked breasts, she sure is a hottie! The theatrical release is much better. Too bad it is not on Blu ray....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
- 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
- Overall wonderful, worth owning, with some critique
Let's talk about this Blu-ray from a production aspect, as am assuming most already know the film.
The restored print is fabulous; gorgeous even. That, combined with not having to turn the disc over (there was one dvd where you did, another where you did not) is alone worth the investment.
The uncompressed audio is also quite beautiful. Personally I would have liked to have heard more the crowd sounds, both in theater and public scenes, use the surround option a bit more. Without knowledge of what the audio engineers working on this version had access to, it's hard to be overly critical here, not to mention that can often be a question of personal taste, and the disc really does sound great.
Please note that this disc (at least mine) does NOT default to HD audio! You have to go into the menu and set it up. I've noticed that some Blu-ray will default, while others do not.
Ok.. to the director's cut. While I of course found the new footage interesting, I do not think that all of it was necessary and really illustrated that often the correct choice was made the first time around. Others have really liked the additions, which brings me to my point. I really wish these director's cut Blu-rays would offer BOTH cuts to the owner. Take a lead from the Close Encounters disc, where not only are all four cuts included, but you can toggle between them in real time, and there is even an option of a "timeline" at the bottom of the screen to compare what was added or deleted.
Extras.. beyond the inclusion of the Mozart cd (a nice touch) there is really nothing new here. The one extra is the "making of" which is identical to the one on the dvd. The commentary is new, and there is the occasional interesting tidbit to be found.
The packaging with the included booklet is very elegant; actually one of the better ones I've seen.
Bottom line, I think most of you will want this because you want this classic film to look great and sound great, and as such you will not be disappointed. Had this on order in advance, and am really enjoying it....more info