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Amadeus (Director's Cut) (2 Dvd)

F. Murray Abraham , Elizabeth Berridge , Milos Forman    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Jones
  • Directors: Milos Forman
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, English, Spanish, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 173.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SL1NOI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


il genio musicale di wolfgang amadeus mozart e la sua natura irruente e spesso insensibile, la spiccata originalita' della sua arte e la composta monotonia dell'ambiente, sono alcuni degli stupefacenti contrasti messi in luce da questa spettacolare biografia. di fronte al talento inarrivabile e alla personalita' di amadeus, la figura del compositore antonio salieri, consapevole della propria mediocrita', da' vita a scambi e dissidi intensi e inquietanti. dal manicomio di vienna, salieri narra la propria smisurata ammirazione per il genio di mozart il quale diventa, a causa della sregolatezza del giovane, un'ossessione mortale.versione director's cut proposta in edizione speciale tratta dal testo teatrale di grande successo e comprende 20 minuti di sequenze e musiche non inserite nell'edizione del 1984.premi e riconoscimenti1998 - 100 i migliori film americani della storia [american film institute]1995 - 107 i migliori film della storia [time out, seconda edizione]1993 - 100 i migliori film contemporanei [guardian]1985 - miglior regista straniero david di donatello milos forman1985 - miglior attore straniero david di donatello tom hulce1985 - miglior film straniero david di donatello1984 - miglior film oscar [academy awards]1984 - miglior regia oscar [academy awards] milos forman1984 - miglior attore oscar [academy awards] fred murray abraham1984 - miglior sceneggiatura non originale oscar [academy awards] peter shaffer1984 - miglior scenografia oscar [academy awards]1984 - miglior sonoro oscar [academy awards]1984 - migliori costumi oscar [academy awards]1984 - miglior trucco oscar [academy awards]1981 - miglior commedia tony awards [al soggetto] peter levin shaffer

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film...Lazy Transfer 20 Feb 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This film is definitely one of my favourites films. The fact it won 8 oscars underlines just how amazing the film is - the story,the acting, the editing and the music are extraordinary.

However I gave this 3 stars (and not 6!) simply because the video quality struck me as very lucklustre very quickly. I currently own the directors's cut DVD and to me the difference in quality throughout the film was only marginal. The majority of the transfer definitely showed a deeper range of colour and less signs of video compression. However it just isn't enough to warrant a release on blu ray. Indeed some scenes looked pretty much the same as my DVD, particularly the opening scene. And I'm in the group of people trying to persuade others how good blu ray is.

I mean if you look at how they have restored the Bond films from the 60s, this "upgrade" might well be seen as a rip off. I remember some of the scenes in Dr. No looked spectacular - as if they had been filmed yesterday with bitrates often above 30Mbps in visually rich scenes. Amadeus is certainly not short of visually rich scenes with all the costumes, palaces, salons and stages but nothing was made of it. The VC-1 transfer seemed to hover at around 15Mbps for the majority of the film sometimes climbing to the twenties (and rarely to 30) and sometimes dropping to 6Mbps.

So... if you own the film already on DVD, make sure you really love this film enough to buy it on blu ray. It is better quality - but with the smallest justifiable margin.

If you have not seen the film, buy it already - this film IS brilliant and this is still the best quailty in which you can view it.

EDIT: Some useful comments have been made below regarding the use of excessive Digital Noise Reduction. Plus the Audio Quality does deserve a mention - it is brilliant and is a better upgrade than that of the video quality.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative and Very Different 19 Oct 2002
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
"Amadeus", was a great success on stage prior to becoming a film that garnered 8 Academy Awards, together with dozens of other international honors. This director's cut version of the film not only adds 20 minutes to bring this exceptional film to 3 hours, it also has created a spectacular new digital transfer, and most interestingly a new film.
Many special editions and director's cut offerings are little more than the addition of scenes that were dumped prior to the film's original release, and rarely have any fundamental impact on the story that is told. Fully one third of all the chapters in this film have new footage, and the changes have a very real impact on the film. Most of the new exposition is about Salieri and it makes him a much darker character, this Salieri is much more than a jealous admirer of Mozart. This man makes demands of persons and actively intervenes much more in the professional destruction of Mozart in Vienna.
One of the film's mysteries for me was why Mozart's wife held such hatred for Salieri at the close of the film. This question is answered, and it again makes for a major change in how you will view Constanze. And of course more insight is given to Mozart as well. If you are a devotee of the original film you may have trouble warming to this version, you may even be well advised to avoid it. For once you see this film you will never be able to watch the shorter version and confine your thoughts to what they were prior to seeing the additional 20 minutes of film.
There is a second disc that includes extended interviews with Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer, and many of the main characters. An interesting aspect that is shared is that this entire film was shot behind the Iron Curtain of the USSR when it was still the nemesis of The United States.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is big. This is artistry in film-making 19 Jan 2008
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If you like costume dramas, then this movie is the costume drama of costume dramas.

The film, a great spectacle, is told from the point of view of Salieri - one of Mozart's peers, and is cleverly based around his envy of Mozart's god-given talent for music. How much of that is true or urban legend from 18th century Vienna, I don't know.

As well as his musical talents, Mozart's daily tribulations are focussed upon throughout the film - such as his run-ins with imperial and religious bureaucracies and his constant battle against poverty - these were the days when composers relied on live performances and patronage to make ends meet (although he does live in a rather sumptious apartment for much of the film). The legend's notoriously impish sense of humour is apparent throughout the film as well, but so is his phenomenal workrate. He's also a bit of a punter as he enjoys a drink and even has a billiards table installed in his flat (a historical accuracy).

The accompanying DVD commentary includes some interesting anecdotes - for example, the theatre in Prague that they used for filming was also in use during Mozart's time, and it was where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787 - at the exact same spot where Tom Hulce later stood.

Mozart was a genius and in hindsight can be seen as a prodigy and as something of a phenomenon. At nearly 3 hours, this is a long film but it's also Hollywood at its best and it's easy to see why this won so many Oscars. I have to confess that I'd never actually seen the original cut version, so I can't compare.

The 2 disc pack includes a 1 hour 'making of' documentary with contributions from all the big players and a 2 minute theatrical trailer. So, including the commentary, you're getting nearly 7 hours of material here to digest.

Definitely one for the DVD collection.
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