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Amadeus - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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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.]]>
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
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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
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the DVD version. I expected it to be in English. There is no dialogue at all – I set my DVD player to English subtitles. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Grandson Crazy
Mozart is even more real to me from this production... thanx!Published 1 day ago by Karen Kohr-Blinn
A great movie. Worth every penny. Little wonder that it won so many awards! A wonderful film from beginning to end!Published 2 days ago by Clinton L.
The DVD disc is defective. When you start the DVD player it immediately begins playing the movie. About half way through it stopped and jumped to what should have been the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dirby
very poor quality and no sound. turned volume all the way up on my computer and video and could not hear anyone's voicePublished 5 days ago by Summer Napier
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|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
|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 26 posts
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I totally agree!!
Oct 17, 2015 by Heather D. Davis | See all 2 posts
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It's a region free item, as always with Warner.
Mar 5, 2012 by winnie the pooh | See all 2 posts
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