Amadeus

Amadeus

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Director: Milos Forman

Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

     
 

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Amadeus gets the deluxe treatment from Warner Bros. with this package. In addition to containing the previously available two-disc Director's Cut edition of the film, this set includes a CD of the film's soundtrack, a 16-page booklet with an essay on the film and photographs, and a Senitype (basically an imitation of one frame from the movie). The film isSee more details below

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Amadeus gets the deluxe treatment from Warner Bros. with this package. In addition to containing the previously available two-disc Director's Cut edition of the film, this set includes a CD of the film's soundtrack, a 16-page booklet with an essay on the film and photographs, and a Senitype (basically an imitation of one frame from the movie). The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Director Milos Foreman and writer Peter Shaffer provide a commentary that is long on both historical information, filming anecdotes, and laughter between the two. There is an extensive making-of documentary as well. Part of Warner Bros. "Classic Collection," this is an outstanding release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The most searing exploration of artistic jealousy ever put on screen, this magnificent adaptation of Peter Shaffer's award-winning play dramatizes the tempestuous relationship between Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham in his Oscar-winning characterization) and brilliant upstart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The starchily formal Salieri, an adroit court politician but a mediocre composer bitterly resents the irrepressible young Mozart -- not only because he's a vulgar hedonist and a buffoon but because he's a musical genius with whom the older musician is incapable of competing. The idea that God could bestow such a gift upon so inferior a being drives Salieri literally to madness. Hulce's Mozart has a primal drive and flair for showmanship -- an 18th century rock star -- and together, he and Abraham generate fireworks that more than justify the critical acclaim that helped the picture snag eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. A visually sumptuous production shot in Prague and expensively mounted with meticulous attention to period detail, Amadeus is a real treat for the eyes, and, of course, the music is celestial. Best of all, though, is the way director Milos Forman (Ragtime) turns Shaffer's literate, incisive script into a film bursting with raucous energy. Classical music was never less stodgy.
All Movie Guide
Amadeus is a rarity: a dramatic film made by people who understand music as much as filmmaking. A celebration of music and genius, the film exults over Mozart's seemingly divine creations even as it refuses to canonize the man behind them. Instead, the decision to tell the story from Salieri's point-of-view provides a justly critical portrait of Mozart, and in so doing so it provides a commentary on genius that mines trenchant insight from resolute objectivity. That Mozart's music is beyond reproach is never called into doubt; likewise, that the man himself could be utterly reproachful is also beyond question. Paradox is at the film's core, both in the presentation of Mozart and his music, and in the character of Salieri, who managed to be both Mozart's greatest fan and most punishing detractor. In making this sort of paradox its central theme, Amadeus is one of the most illuminating pictures of genius ever committed to celluloid. Part of its brilliance lies in its principal performances: in Tom Hulce's Mozart, we see a man equally un-self-conscious about his genius and his vulgarity, and in F. Murray Abraham's Oscar-winning Salieri, we see the tragedy that results from the inability of talent to live up to desire. These performances are lavishly complemented by the music in question, a forceful character in its own right. Part of Forman's great achievement as the film's director was bringing this music to millions who had never set foot inside of an opera house or a theater, with a passion and immediacy that could appeal to a much wider audience than just classical music enthusiasts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
UPC:
0663286201570
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Creative Design Art
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer of the motion picture from restored elements with 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage; Feature-length audio commentary by Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer; Soundtrack re-mastered and presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0; English and French audio tracks; English, French, and Spanish subtitles; Behind-the-scenes documentary "The Making of Amadeus" ; Theatrical trailer; Exclusive soundtrack: Original musical selections from the motion picture; Collectible Senitype: Limited-edition numbered image from the motion picture and its corresponding 35 mm film frame; Commemorative booklet: 16 full-color pages featuring images from the motion picture; Theatrical poster: 27" x 40" one-sheet movie poster by free mail-in offer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
F. Murray Abraham Antonio Salieri
Tom Hulce Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elizabeth Berridge Constance Mozart
Simon Callow Emanuel Schikaneder
Roy Dotrice Leopold Mozart
Christine Ebersole Katerina Cavalieri
Jeffrey Jones Emperor Joseph II
Charles Kay Count Orsini-Rosenberg
Kenny Baker Parody Comendatore
Lisbeth Bartlett Papagena
Barbara Byrne Frau Weber
John Strauss Conductor
Martin Cavani Young Salieri
Roderick Cook Count Von Strack
Patrick Hines Kappelmeister Bonno
Nicholas Kepros Archbishop Colloredo
Philip Lenkowsky Salieri's Servant
Herman Meckler Priest
Jonathan Moore Baron Van Swieten
Cynthia Nixon Lorl
Brian Pettifer Hospital Attendant
Vincent Schiavelli Salieri's Valet
Douglas Seale Count Arco
Miroslav Sekera Young Mozart
Karl-Heinz Teuber Wig Salesman
Gil Amelio Actor
Kenneth McMillan Actor
Dana Vávrová Actor
Neville Marriner Conductor

Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Karel Cerny Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Michael Chandler Editor
Francesco Chianese Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Nena Danevic Editor
Dick Smith Makeup
Michael Hausman Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Paul LeBlanc Makeup
Neville Marriner Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Newman Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Bertil Ohlsson Executive Producer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Theodor Pistek Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Shaffer Original Story,Screenwriter
John Strauss Musical Direction/Supervision
Twyla Tharp Choreography
Saul Zaentz Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. "Forgive Me, Mozart" (Credits).
2. Can't Name That Tune.
3. Make Me Immortal.
4. Where Mozart Is.
5. Badly Behaved Voice of God.
6. The Emperor Decides.
7. Mozart Is Presented.
8. Making the Music Work.
9. Songbird of the Seraglio.
10. Too Many Notes.
11. Royal Advice.
12. Had by Mozart.
13. Immodest Newlywed.
14. Constanze Asks a Favor.
15. An Absolute Beauty.
16. The Price.
17. Enemies Now.
18. Mozart Asks a Favor.
19. Canine Concert.
20. Leopold Arrives.
21. Masquerade Ball.
22. Musical Mockery.
23. A New Servant.
24. Inside Information.
25. The Case for Figaro.
26. The Dance Is Out.
27. The Dance Is In.
28. A (Yawn) Miracle.
29. Music That Says Salieri.
30. Leopold's Ghost.
31. Mysterious Commission.
32. How Does One Kill?
33. Popular Entertainment.
34. Schikaneder's Offer.
35. Endowment Refused.
36. Unwritten Music.
37. "It's Killing Me."
38. Constanze Moves Out.
39. The Magic Flute.
40. Money From the Man.
41. Bedside Dictation.
42. "Forgive Me."
43. Last Wishes.
44. Pauper's Requiem.
45. Patron Saint of Mediocrities.
46. End Credits.

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