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  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JNNE64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,188 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on July 19 2004
Format: DVD
Peter Shaffer wrote the "Amadeus" screenplay based on his play, which is a quirky, fanciful vision of Mozart and Salieri, and how God gave Mozart the gift of musical genius despite his character flaws, but bypassed Salieri, who tried to strike a deal with the Almighty, vowing pious devotion, if He would only grant him brilliance and fame.
F. Murray Abraham is marvelous portraying Salieri's pride and envy, and having to suffer the indignity of mediocrity; the part garnered him a Best Actor Oscar and a Golden Globe, among other awards, and as Mozart, Tom Hulce is stupendous, with his high pitched raucous giggle, fluffy wigs, and energetic appeal.
Others in the cast of note are Elizabeth Berridge, excellent as Mozart's wife Constanza, and Roy Dotrice as his stern father Leopold.
The biggest star of the film however, is the music...the glorious sounds of Mozart's operas, and his magnificent Requiem. Many of my favorite scenes are depicted, from the ballet music from "The Marriage of Figaro", to "Don Giovanni a cenar teco", as well as portions of "The Marriage of Figaro", "The Magic Flute", and much more.
Some of the great voices heard are Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Richard Stilwell (Count Almaviva / Don Giovanni), June Anderson (Queen of the Night), Brian Kay (Papageno) and Gillian Fisher (Papagena), though the parts on screen are played by actors, and not those singing.
Twyla Tharp's choreography is fresh and exhilarating, Miroslav Ondricek's cinematography is exquisite, and Milos Forman's direction imaginative and well paced.
As well as Best Actor, the Academy bestowed Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound, all well deserved.
Total running time is 160 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on July 10 2004
Format: DVD
When I saw this movie in its original release in 1984, it was only due to the fact that I was dragged to the theatre. (A movie about Mozart -- BORING!!) I have never been so quick to change my mind. From the opening moments, hearing F. Murray Abraham shout out the word "MOZART" I was hooked, and my eyes never waivered from the screen. I anxiously awaited the release of this Director's Cut, due primarly to the extras that were purported to be included. The extras more than deliver on their promise.
Not only did I get the joy of watching once again one of the best movies to have ever been released -- to remember how enthralled I was by the performances of Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Berridge (unfortunately, most reviewers tend to exclude her contribution to this movie, but her performance as Constanza, Mozart's wife, is as powerful as the others) -- but the extras (behind the scenes, the commentaries) added to my delight.
I truly find it hard to put into words how wonderful this movie is. I have spent the last 20 years telling people "Trust me, just watch it, and you will understand what I am talking about." It is more than just a grand journey through the worlds of these two men (yes, granted, told from a "movie" point-of-view). The entire package, from the scenery, the costumes, the story and THE MUSIC, THE MUSIC, THE MUSIC!!! shows you how a movie should and can be produced. Even if you can't stand classical music, you will adore the wonder that is Mozart.
Please -- I'm begging you -- WATCH THIS MOVIE. You will NOT be disappointed!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27 2004
Format: DVD
I own both the original theatrical release and the director's cut of Amadeus. If you already own the original release and are wondering if it's worth the extra money to buy the director's cut, this review may be helpful.
In a word, YES - get this version even if you already own the original release (assuming you loved "Amadeus" to begin with).
The biggest difference in the director's cut is the scene where Constanza goes to Salieri with Mozart's work so he can be considered for the "royal appointment". In the director's cut, Salieri assures Constanza that if she returns that night to have sex with him, the job will be given to Mozart. Constanza returns, strips, and Salieri has her thrown out. At the end of the movie, when she sees Salieri with Mozart, her hatred of Salieri is much more understandable.
Also, in this version, we see Salieri tell the emperor that Mozart molests young girls... no wonder Mozart can't get any pupils! None of this is in the original release. Also missing from the original release is the "dog" scene - very funny - and a scene in which a drunk mozart goes back to a former employer ask for money. In short, there are planty of additional and extended scenes, **ALL** of which add to the film in some way. The making-of-Amadeus documentary is also worth watching.
Buy this DVD. You won't be disappointed. Another recommendation I have is to buy the Levine/Batte/Serra version of "The Magic Flute" on DVD. I'm not the biggest opera fan but this one is beautiful, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest on Oct. 11 2002
Format: DVD
"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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