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Amadeus (Blu-ray Director's Cut)

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Abraham's salieri declares war against the heavens for speaking through the genius of wolfgang amadeus mozart, played by hulce. Flashbacks illuminate the mad, energetic brilliance of mozart, and salieri's struggle with his own mediocrity.


Studio Warner
SKU 209973427
UPC 883929036882
UPC 14 00883929036882
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Golden Globe (1985) Amadeus, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama,F. Murray Abraham, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Milos Forman, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,Peter Shaffer, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Oscar (1985) F. Murray Abraham, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Mark Berger et, al., Winner, Best Sound,Milos Forman, Winner, Best Director,Patrizia von Brandenstein, Karel Cerny, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith, Winner, Best Makeup,Peter Shaffer, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Saul Zaentz, Winner, Best Picture,Theodor Pistek, Winner, Best Costume Design
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Amadeus, the 1984 Academy Award winner for best picture, was a feast on reels, and now a new director's cut has come along introducing more than 20 minutes of new material. This expands an already long movie to more than three hours, but this time there's no getting enough of a good thing...In any incarnation, Amadeus is beautiful to behold, a sensuous re- creation of 18th century Vienna, from its outdoor markets to its palace halls. The story of composer Antonio Salieri and his jealous obsession with Mozart is a showcase for some of Mozart's greatest music, all of it given a passionate reading by conductor Neville Marriner. Milos Forman directs actors in roles that allow their talents to take wing -- probably the juiciest roles they will ever get. And the screenplay by Peter Shaffer, who adapted his own stage play, is given room to breathe, with long scenes that unfold over many minutes...When watching a new cut of a familiar movie, one tends to see new scenes in isolation and savor the novelty. As a result, it's too soon to tell which Amadeus is the superior version. The director's cut has texture the original didn't have, but it also complicates some plot lines best left simple. An ideal Amadeus would probably include 11 or 12 of these extra minutes. The rest are worth seeing just for fun...In the end, of course, all roads in Amadeus lead to Abraham as Salieri. Whenever someone mentions Mozart's name to Salieri, Abraham doesn't flinch. He goes still, and one can almost feel his stomach clench. Salieri has the torment of being the only one who can recognize Mozart's genius. Even Mozart can't fully tell. Genius is just the street where he lives...For Salieri, Amadeus is a story of moral debasement and exultation. In his efforts to block and destroy Mozart, Salieri goes off a moral cliff. But his exultation -- and his one saving grace -- is that he can never lie about music, not to Mozart and never to himself.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Variety
Review On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures, the greatest of which derive from the on location filming in Prague,the most 18th century of all European cities...With great material and themes to work with, and such top talent involved, film nevertheless arrives as a disappointment. Although Peter Shaffer adapted his own outstanding play for the screen, the stature and power the work possessed onstage have been noticeably diminished, and Milos Forman's handling is perhaps too naturalistic for what was conceived as a highly stylized piece. Essential drama remains sufficiendy potent to absorb audience interest, and many who never saw it live may be greatly impressed. Strong biz looms in major city firstruns, but length and heavy dose of classical music mute chances for a widescale breakout...While this proved an interesting conceit in the theater, in the film the concentration on this one aspect of Mozart's character comes off as superficially one-dimensional, an effect emphasized by the fact that the weight of the drama has unfortunately been shifted away from Salieri to Mozart...As the film progresses into its second half, one increasingly loses sight of Salieri in favor of Mozart's rantings and ravings. As played by Tom Hulce, Mozart emerges as the John McEnroe of classical music, an immature brat with loads of talent, but with little human dimension...Top-flight contributions have been made by production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, costume designer Theodor Pistek, cho-reographer and opera stager Twyla Tharp and music overseers John Strauss and Neville Marriner. Ample opera excerpts will delight some, but will probably seem excessive to non-aficionados.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Director's Cut, Book
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jack Mathews, USA Today About as close to perfection as movies get.
TV Guide The film is a feast for the eyes and ears.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Terrific period piece...excellent musical score...
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