Amadeus - Director's Cut (1984)
Front Cover Actor
F. Murray Abraham Antonio Salieri
Tom Hulce Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elizabeth Berridge Constanze Weber Mozart
Simon Callow Emanuel Schikaneder
Roy Dotrice Leopold Mozart
Christine Ebersole Katerina Cavalieri
Jeffrey Jones Emperor Joseph II
Charles Kay Count Orsini-Rosenberg
Kenneth McMillan Michael Schlumberg (2002 Director's Cut)
Kenny Baker Parody Commendatore
Lisbeth Bartlett Papagena
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Music
Director Milos Forman
Producer Saul Zaentz; Michael Hausman; Bertil Ohlsson
Writer Peter Shaffer
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 40 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
A note-perfect cinematic event whose immortality was assured from its opening night, Amadeus is an unlikely candidate for the director's-cut treatment. Like one of Mozart's operas, the multiple Oscar-winning theatrical version seemed perfectly formed from the outset--ideal casting, costumes, sets, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, music, music, music--so the reinstatement of an extra 20 minutes simply risks adding "too many notes." Yet though this extended cut can hardly be said to improve a picture that needed no improvement, it does at least flesh out a couple of small subplots and shed new light on certain key scenes. Here we learn why Constanze Mozart bears such ill will towards Salieri when she discovers him at her husband's deathbed, and we see deeper into the reasons why Mozart has no students. The structure of the picture is otherwise unaltered.

The director's cut of Amadeus finally accords this masterful work the DVD treatment it deserves. The handsome anamorphic widescreen picture is accompanied by a choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby stereo sound options, and it's all contained on one side of the disc. Director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer provide a chatty though sporadic commentary, but they're obviously still too mesmerized by the movie to do much more than offer the odd anecdote. The second disc contains an excellent new hour-long "making of" documentary, with contributions from Forman, Shaffer, Sir Neville Marriner, and all the main actors, taking in the scriptwriting, choice of music, casting, and problems involved in filming in Communist Czechoslovakia with half the crew and extras working for the Secret Police. --Mark Walker

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Index 999
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/18/03
Purchase Price $11.00
Store Target
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Edition (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 085393746421
Chapters
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby