Amadeus

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/15/2009 Run time: 128 minutes Rating: R… More >>

Amadeus

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  1. Prior to owning this director’s cut, I had only seen the theatrical version. At the tender age of 26, when I still thought no film was complete without a car chase and a big explosion, Amadeus had me hooked. I went to see it multiple times back in 1984, back when the theatre was empty whenever it played and before it was nominated by the Academy.

    This film is an unusual biography, and I often like to compare it with Ed Wood, since both Ed Wood and Salieri were men who gave everything they had to their respective crafts and came up short. Salieri, a contemporary of Mozart, has only one dream – to be a great composer. Predating the prosperity gospel by about two hundred years, Salieri mistakes obsessing with God over his own earthly desires with actual godliness, even being happy when his father – who objects to Salieri’s musical interests – chokes to death and leaves Salieri free to pursue his musical dreams. He chalks this up to God’s will for his career. Problems begin when Salieri meets a twenty-something Mozart at the court of the Emperor in Vienna. Mozart is everything Salieri is not – profane, forward, and a great composer. Salieri starts down the road to insanity as he realizes the childish Mozart has all of the gifts he ever wanted and has been denied. However, Salieri is not an outright failure as was Ed Wood. In many ways he is something worse than a ridiculous failure – he is mediocre, and worse yet, he knows it.

    The director’s cut adds some additional scenes that flesh out the motivations for the characters, and you would think that this adds to the film, but actually it detracts from it. I rather liked imagining what went on between the characters and having some of the sexual situations and conflicts insinuated and largely left up to the imagination of the viewer. This is all stripped away with the director’s cut. Also, as unsavory a character as Salieri was, the extra scenes make him even more unlikable, and in a way that I thought was even beneath of what he was capable. I would elaborate, but I would give away key plot points.

    The commentary is the same as what was on the previous director’s cut standard DVD, and to tell you the truth, the pair doing the commentary did not take the film seriously at all, which surprised me since one of the commenters is director Milos Forman. The comments were often completely distracting from the film’s atmosphere, although they were well informed in their narrative. The other major extra, the “Making Of” documentary was quite enjoyable, and was also previously available on the standard DVD release of the director’s cut.

    The cinematography and art direction on this film are outstanding. The visuals start out light and festive, matching Mozart’s mood and prospects. As poverty, illness, and the guilt of his father’s death close in on Mozart during the second half of the film, the mood and visuals become very dark to match what is happening in Mozart’s own life. I highly recommend the film, and if you never saw the theatrical cut I doubt you will be bothered by the added material of the director’s cut.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Hight quality image, twenty minutes of new material, great music. Spanish subtitles, I really love this movie!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. 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]
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. I saw this movie awhile back and it was an amazing movie. I just have one question what is the difference between this version and the Booklet style bluray that has already been released? Is it WB just double dipping again or does this version of the film have a better transfer than the previous one?
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. I’ve purchased every disc release of this movie: the expensive LaserDisc collector’s set, the original DVD release and the subsquent Director’s Cut, and this new Blu-Ray of the Director’s Cut. The Blu-Ray release stands head and shoulders above the rest for picture quality, color, and sound.

    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! Salieri’s lines are briefly extended in that moment, and it adds a wonderful touch of menace. I can’t understand why it was cut from the original release.

    The LaserDisc release included a wonderful behind-the-scenes documentary called “The Last Laugh”. So far I haven’t seen it included in any DVD or Blu-Ray release. I’m holding on to my LaserDisc player for precisely that reason. Add that documentary to this Blu-Ray release and you have a slam-dunk 5-star product.

    Depending on the release version, this Blu-Ray movie may come in book form and include a short bonus CD of some music from the film and a picture booklet. If you bought/buy the version that comes with the bonus Digital Copy of the film (available at some retailers but harder to find online), bear in mind that the Digital Copy is NOT compatible with iTunes and cannot be loaded to your iPod. There is no wording on the package to indicate this. One has to open the Digital Copy booklet to find that out. The Digital Copy booklet looks the same on the outside as the booklet for the Digital Copies of other movies that ARE compatible with iTunes, so a consumer who has purchased iTunes-compatible Digital Copy-included DVDs before could reasonably assume this one would be compatible also. That consumer would be wrong. Nice bait-and-switch, don’t you think?

    If you got the non-book version of the Blu-Ray, it probably didn’t come with the bonus CD, booklet, or Digital Copy.

    Rating: 4 / 5

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