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Amadeus: Director's Cut (BD)
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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Unfortunately, from what I have read, Mozart was not a sleazy, sex obsessed degenerate, and Antonio Salieri was not a jealous nut who tried to kill him. If fact, Salieri was a very nice man who worked with Mozart on various projects. He also taught Mozart's sons (he had two) after Mozart died.
The score is simply one of the best ever produced, engineered, recorded, for a feature film. On the DVD alone (I am sure it is even better on Bluray) the sonic space and surround are stupendous, enveloping and warm as needed, vibrant and dangerous as the movie progresses on. Naturally the whole score is Mozart, but it is one of the best conducted and arranged Mozarts I have ever heard and I have about a dozen Mozart CDs in my collection by all manner of European and American ensembles. Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields fill this movie with a heart-pounding soundtrack which carries you from opening title to end credits like a white water rafting trip on the Colorado. Incidentally, the soundtrack album/CD for the movie is arguably the best selling classical music album of all time (in terms of units sold).
The play upon which Amadeus is based on, and movie script itself, is written by Peter Shaffer who also left his heavy mark upon us with Equus a decade before Amadeus (and then again for the film script in '77). In both cases, Shaffer received an Academy Award and rightfully so, especially with Amadeus where he shows a lot of muscle and dexterity in his manipulation of two rival (from the viewpoint of Salieri) composers who are diametrically opposites of one another.
If you have been hiding under a rock for decades and have not watched AMADEUS, if you have cought a few minutes of it on a channel and didn't stay because you missed the beginning, do yourself a favor and spend some time with this movie, one of the preeminent works of art in the film industry. It is beautiful, it is funny, it is sad, it is mysterious, it is thunderous, it is heartbreaking, it is deceitful, and it is addictive. Mozart's Requiem during the run up to the end is perhaps one of the greatest cinematic and musical fusions ever brought to the screen (the opening sequence of TITUS comes close). For that alone, the film is worth every penny you pay for it.
Thank you DVW, hope I did not insult you with the description of "longish", my music reviews are often twice as long as your review was, I like detailed analysis.
No clue, maybe these details tell a more faithful story of the legendary tales... that doesn't mean they constitute a better story.
On the bright side, you come away still astonished at the greatness of Mozart and the score/soundtrack is gorgeous all the way through. The opening moments of the movie are still nearly perfect as Salieri begins to tell the stories and you see flashbacks and vignettes from their younger days. That part will forever be my favorite part of this movie.