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now there are three BD versions, which one to buy?,
This review is from: Amadeus: Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This is not a review of the film. If it were, I would give it a 5 star rating. But there are so many releases, I am confused which to own. I currently own the single disc DVD 160 minute release but purchased a BD player for Christmas. So I want to upgrade to the Blu-ray version, but which one? Yes, I am confused. There is a 2009 release of the directors cut of Amadeus with a run time of 180 minutes in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and the two disc version which comes with a book and now a 2010 release coming in February that is also listed as a directors cut but only 160 minutes in length. The newer release is in aspect ratio 1.77:1 which I believe is more of a wide screen tv friendly size but I'm not sure. Other than the aspect ratio and the different run time which I find confusing since they are all listed as "directors cuts", I don't see what justifies the release. If anyone can explain the difference, I would really appreciate it. Will the newer 2010 release be worth waiting for or buying over the 2009 release and is it actually a 160 minute run time or is that a typo? I sort of doubt that the IQ will be better or have there been improvements made there as well? The price is within a dollar or two of each other so cost at this time is not much of a factor.
The 2010 release can be seen here;Amadeus (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2010 3:24:18 PM PST
Michael Thomas says:
I have the same questions, but upon reading the reviews that are ostensibly meant for the 2010 edition, it seems to me that nobody has actually seen the new 2010 edition yet because unless I'm mistaken it's being released TODAY! (Feb 2, 2010.) If you read the reviews that are mistakenly tagged to that version, you will notice that a lot of people are disappointed with some of the material added to the so-called director's cut version, which I think is what your review is referring to. Personally I will wait to learn what's in the 2010 version before deciding which to buy. I don't want some of the scenes that are described in the other version's reviews. It sounds like they do diminish what is a nearly perfect film.
Posted on Sep 4, 2010 11:56:02 PM PDT
Thank you for posting this, I noticed it when I searched for the movie and couldn't believe it -- the only worse thing I've seen was the MANY DVD releases of "Independence Day" - each with its own set of special features -- you would need to buy at least three of them to cover all the extras.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2010 9:22:40 AM PST
Every blu-ray disc is identical and contains the Directors cut across all releases.
The original had digibook packaging with a bonus soundtrack CD and a digital copy. It was then re-released with just the blu-ray disc in a standard blu-ray case. It also got a release with a gold Academy slipcover which is exactly the same but just had that extra slipcover.
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