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Amadeus - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2002)

F. Murray Abraham , Tom Hulce , Milos Forman  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Christine Ebersole, Cynthia Nixon, Elizabeth Berridge
  • Directors: Milos Forman
  • Writers: Peter Shaffer
  • Producers: Saul Zaentz, Michael Hausman, Bertil Ohlsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006DEFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Amadeus - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New 2001 digital transfer from restored elements of 3-hour director's cut
  • Soundtrack remastered
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary "The Making of Amadeus" (37 min.)

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A note-perfect cinematic event whose immortality was assured from its opening night, Amadeus is an unlikely candidate for the director's-cut treatment. Like one of Mozart's operas, the multiple Oscar-winning theatrical version seemed perfectly formed from the outset--ideal casting, costumes, sets, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, music, music, music--so the reinstatement of an extra 20 minutes simply risks adding "too many notes." Yet though this extended cut can hardly be said to improve a picture that needed no improvement, it does at least flesh out a couple of small subplots and shed new light on certain key scenes. Here we learn why Constanze Mozart bears such ill will towards Salieri when she discovers him at her husband's deathbed, and we see deeper into the reasons why Mozart has no students. The structure of the picture is otherwise unaltered.

The director's cut of Amadeus finally accords this masterful work the DVD treatment it deserves. The handsome anamorphic widescreen picture is accompanied by a choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby stereo sound options, and it's all contained on one side of the disc. Director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer provide a chatty though sporadic commentary, but they're obviously still too mesmerized by the movie to do much more than offer the odd anecdote. The second disc contains an excellent new hour-long "making of" documentary, with contributions from Forman, Shaffer, Sir Neville Marriner, and all the main actors, taking in the scriptwriting, choice of music, casting, and problems involved in filming in Communist Czechoslovakia with half the crew and extras working for the Secret Police. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Gripping human drama. Sumptuous period epic. Glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This marvelous winner of eight Academy Awards(R) portrays the rivalry between the genius Mozart (Tom Hulce) and the jealous court composer (Best Actor Oscar(R) Winner F.Murray Abraham) who may have ruined Mozart's career and shortened his life.

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508 of 540 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the edition to get... January 30, 2003
Format:DVD
I first saw "Amadeus" around 1984 when it was first released. Besides being a visual and musical masterpiece of film making, it kick-started my life-long love of and appreciation for classical music.
I won't repeat the story synopsis as it's already been thoroughly described both by Amazon.com's critical review and multiple customers here already.
I will say though that this edition, 'The Directors Cut', is a major improvement over the first DVD release. First, (and finally!!), the movie is now a single-side DVD...gone is the annoying 2 sided 'flipper' that the first release was. You can now watch "Amadeus" from start to finish without having to get up and turn it over. For my money, that's reason enough alone to own this new version.
Secondly, 'The Directors Cut' now adds about 20-30 minutes of previously deleted scenes, placed back into where they were originally intended. Personally I find some of the newer stuff enhances the story overall and fills in some details that were left vague in the original theatrical release. I won't give away any details, but there is a new scene between Mozart's wife, Constanza, and Salieri, Mozart's chief musical rival (and secret arch-enemy) early in the movie that puts an whole new perspective of Salieri's twisted and battered psyche.
As for the DVD itself, the picture and sound quality are both exemplary. Included is a second disk with bonus material including interviews and making-of extras.
If you loved the original, you owe it to yourself to pick up this version. If you're new to classical music and Mozart, this is the best place to start.
lr** Jan 30,2003

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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254 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical version vs. "Director's Cut" April 6, 2005
Format:DVD
If you're a fan of the original theatrical cut of "Amadeus" you'll have mixed feelings about the "Director's Cut". While I perfer the latter for a number of reasons, the feeling and flow of the original theatrical version differs somewhat from the "Director's Cut". The most important part are extended scenes that include Salieri agreeing to help Constanze if she has an affair with him. He ends up rejecting her when she shows that she so loves her husband that she would be willing to do so. A number of the opera scenes are extended as well with more business after the show between Mozart and his leading lady. There's also a longer sequence involving Salieri's visit to Mozart comissioning the "Requiem". Most of the material adds to the power of the film while a few sequences just give additional back story on various characters. The original theatrical version which won an 8 Oscars runs about 25 minutes shorter than the 3 hour "Director's Cut". Forman also provide a fascinating commentary track for the film along with writer Peter Shaffer ("Equus").

The image quality for the "Director's Cut" is superior to the original theatrical version. The film was restored to its original luster for re-release resulting in much more natural flesh tones and a sharper visual image as well. The colors which play in important part in conveying the themes of each sequence are more robust and vivid. The theatrical version looks quite good although it was first issued on DVD as a "flipper" (meaning you had to flip it over) DVD after roughly two hours to watch the last third of the movie. The big advantage for the theatrical version is Neville Mariner's score on an isolated track.

The second disc of the "Director's Cut" has one terrific extra, a brief talent list and the original theatrical trailer.
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161 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I've purchased every disc release of this movie: the expensive LaserDisc collector's set, the original DVD release and the subsquent Director's Cut, and this new Blu-Ray of the Director's Cut. The Blu-Ray release stands head and shoulders above the rest for picture quality, color, and sound.

My only gripe is that the original theatrical cut is not available on Blu-Ray as a separate item or as an alternative viewing option on the Director's Cut. The theatrical cut is the one that most of us saw first and saw over and over again over the course of some 20 years before the Director's Cut was released on DVD.

The additional footage in the Director's Cut is interesting but, to me at least, seems intrusive. It interrupts the flow and tempo I am used to. There is also a brief scene of female nudity that seems a bit gratuitous. The scene does, though, lend some weight to a scene later in the film where you see Constanze's open hostility toward Salieri. Normally I'm not one to complain about a little female flesh being exposed, but I think the film works well enough without it.

Other "new" scenes follow pretty much the same description: they are interesting but their necessity is debatable.

There is one small addition that I did enjoy, though. Early in the film, during one of the scenes where the elderly Salieri is confessing (?) to the young priest, Salieri is recounting the episode when he first met the young composer Mozart he'd heard about for so many years. He was blown away by his talent but outraged and offended by his peurile behavior. He insisted to the priest that such talent (evident in one composition in particular) could not and should not exist in such a vile and vulgar child. That brilliant composition simply HAD to be an accident!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story and cast!
I had seen this film when it first came out in the theater and I loved it now as I did then. First, the music is wonderful. Second, the cast is superb. F. Read more
Published 1 day ago by CarenDB
5.0 out of 5 stars Amadeus is an excellent movie, well-acted and well scripted
Amadeus is an excellent movie, well-acted and well scripted. I wonder if it would be made today, given that it is 3 hours long and probably does not have enough excitement or... Read more
Published 1 day ago by L. Heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie!
Published 1 day ago by Yana Jamag
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting film, especially if you appreciate music.
Published 1 day ago by edpadede
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as awesome as I remembered it when I first saw it many years ago. amazing film...watch it!
Published 1 day ago by Wendy L. Dever
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent but too long.
Published 1 day ago by Clarence A. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not a fast paced blow everything up movie. interesting perspective on the mans life. at least makes you wonder
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Oldie but goodie
Published 2 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie to watch and listen to.
My all-time favored movie. Watch it all the time and find some fine nuances on each occasion. Abraham's explanation of Mozart's compositions makes me listen to all his music with a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Zoltan Lengyel
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish to respond to the anachronisms listed by Amazon ...
I wish to respond to the anachronisms listed by Amazon. It claims that conductors did not conduct by standing in front of the orchestra, unroll the 19th century, but sat in the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by S. W. V. Cott
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Director's cut or Theatrical version?
It was the theatrical cut which won the Oscar.
It was the theatrical cut which hooked me to Mozart's music.
I want to watch this wonderful movie with my friends of all ages, not only those 18+.
I demand a Blu-ray of the Theatrical cut.
Dec 11, 2008 by Miguel Lescano Cornejo |  See all 25 posts
Amadeus Blu-Ray: Which version is superior?
It's simply a packaging difference -- the discs will be exactly identical between the BD versions, according to reports.
Sep 14, 2009 by The Bandsaw Vigilante |  See all 3 posts
what is up with this version?
I can't shed much light except to point out that this version has a release date of TODAY ... Feb. 2, 2010. So in fact nobody has seen this version yet and all 579 reviews probably relate to a different version. I can only hope that the 20 fewer minutes of footage means this version will omit the... Read More
Feb 2, 2010 by Michael Thomas |  See all 4 posts
Region 1, 2 or 3?
It's a region free item, as always with Warner.
Mar 5, 2012 by winnie the pooh |  See all 2 posts
What does amazon mean by "blu-ray packaging"? Is this not the blu-ray...
I just got mine in the mail and it's in the blu-ray book packaging.
Feb 14, 2012 by B. Green |  See all 2 posts
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