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Amadeus
     

Amadeus

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Director: Milos Forman, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

Cast: Milos Forman, 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 is

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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.

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

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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Amadeus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To all those who hate this movie because it is not true. IT'S CALLED HISTORICAL FICTION FOR A REASON,IT IS NOT COMPLETELY TRUE BUT IS BASED ON FACT. Was Mozart a crazed sex maniac, probably not, was all his music perfectly written, probably not, was there hostility between Salieri and Mozart, a little, yes. The movie was entertaining, mysterious, interesting, with great cinematography and acting. It earned every Oscar it won and belongs on the shelves of Movie lovers. Historical accuracy has nothing to do with it. That's why they call it fiction.
Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
Music apart, and in so far as human behaviour is concerned; this movie describes, without a sense of annoyance, the vicious innovations of man's cunning and cleverness, consolidated mainly in the person of Antonio Salieri.
Interesting to see Salieri, in neat costumes and ingratiating in obvious feline way, set himself to captivate the emperor's attention and please `his friendly enemy' Mozart.
Perhaps the main source of competition between Mozart and Salieri was related to who would be able to win Da Ponte's librettos before the other. Of course the movie tells us that Salieri contrived to get rid of Mozart and blocked his advancement from becoming the Emperor's Kapellmeister.
Five main events are not shown in the movie:
1)Mozart's claim that Salieri tried to poison him (this was never proved).
2)The two notorious pupils Mozart taught, Beethoven and Sussmayr.
Beethoven was a great admirer of Mozart and later used him as a model (Piano concerto No 4 - G major - and Mozart's K503 - C major - is one example)
3)In his last days Mozart composed his unfinished masterpiece (and never will) `The Requiem' that he discussed with Sussmayr (not Salieri). However there is no proof that Sussmayr was actually able to complete Mozart's Requiem.
4)In Mozart's presence Salieri was brusque and even harsh in manner to Constanze (Mozart's wife), behaving like he was the only man in the Royal Family.
5)Mozart's friendship with Hayden (They both were members of the same Masonic Lodge)

Nevertheless, this movie inspires you with so many sentiments that one feels the loss of Mozart is like the loss of one's soul.
dragonsscape More than 1 year ago
The story of "Amadeus" provides the background colour, pomp, majesty and grandeur for its real star: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music. For it is when you hear Mozart's majestic music that "Amadeus" soars; it is a gem ~ postively rich in characterization, acting, script, set and scene detail, muscianship & artistry. Yet it is the music, majestic & soaring, that you'll treasure & remember. "Amadeus"introduces us to Mozart's music ~~~ music which is unlike any written before or since.
mockturtle More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, in particular, the performance of F. Murray Abraham as Salieri and the stunning sound track--you can't beat Mozart! The direction was masterful. I was a bit disappointed that this 'Director's Cut' version included a scene with partial nudity that added nothing to the film and seemed to cheapen the role of 'Stanzie', Mozart's wife, in offering herself to Salieri to promote her husband's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike "mockturtle", I thought the extended version with Mozart's wife and Salieri was much better than the original cut version. I always wondered why Stanzie had such hatred for Salieri after that visit and the extended scene showed the reason; she had offered herself to him to further her husband's career and he turned her down. Until I saw that, I was quite perplexed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great music, great acting, wonderful plot and scenery, just an overall epic movie that should be owned by all!
Groverox More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite movies ever. F. Murray Abraham is brilliant as Salieri, Hulce is a kick as Mozart. The music is gorgeous, as one would expect. This is is fresh every time I watch it. HIGHLY recommend!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie, while showing Mozart in an unrealistic light, conveys truths otherwise not easily conveyed. Mozart was a genius and quite different for his time. You get that point through the exaggeration of his character. To me it is a very religious movie. Even though Salieri feels the glory of God and wants to represent it, he wants to be famous for selfish reasons. He never repents of his selfishness and basically ruins himself (after all, he was very "famous" at the time but envied Amadaus so much that he couldn't thank God for it). Mozart, on the other hand, was gifted by God in a special way and the movie does show him becoming more humble through time, more humble than Salieri. Salieri couldn't accept that God would use this "creature," instead of himself, to be his instrument. The movie shows that we need to accept what gifts God gives us and not to envy others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the play for a class called ''Evil, Bad, and Naughtiness'' a few years ago and it is the best play I've ever read. The producers and director of the film version did a fantastic job transferring Shaffer's vision to the big screen. Pay attention to the amount of color in the screen, especially the costume ball. Abraham captures the silent torture felt by Salieri perfectly and the grudge against God seems full of conviction Absolutely amazing. Shaffer is a magnificent writer. It is almost as if you can hear the music while you are reading it. Read Shaffer's Equus also
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great way to show Mozart's humorous nature, but the authenticity of Salieri's attitude towards him is questioning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amadeus review Amadeus looks back in time to one of the greatest musicians and composers of all time Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The movie begins with another great composer Antonio Salieri played by F. Murray Abraham who in a mental institution for the murder of Mozart. He takes us back years earlier to explain what happened to Mozart and tells of his lifestyle and accomplishments. Mozart was a music prodigy from the time he was a mere child director Milos Forman has inquired Tom Hulce to the role as Mozart. He was successful in creating and composing music he had a wonder gift of audiation which simply means he can hear the music in his head and stay on beat and rhythm which takes years to accomplish this. Mozart was hurting for money and his lifestyle of indulging himself in recreational pleasures constantly and he lives in Germany which is rather cold and he will eventually he will become very ill. Salieri stays at his side and helps as he writes a piece of music his last piece of music. I would recommend this movie especially if musically influenced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie ever. Saw it 19 times in the theatre before I was given the VHS as a gift. Music, acting and plot all telling..
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw Amadeus I was shocked by Wolgang's immature behavior. Once I saw the movie again, I thought it was just comical. Amadeus deserves a spot in anyone's DVD collection (of course I say that about any movie). I also reccomend the play written by Peter Shaffer, which also bares the name Amadeus.
blearyeyes More than 1 year ago
This is just about the worst Directors cut I have ever seen. I cannot imagine what Mr Forman must have had in mind. The additional footage changes the main characters completely. Salierei is reduced to a demented villain. Mozart is reduced to a drunken beggar and is wife is reduced to the level of a whore. This is a disk to be avoided. I can only hope that a "original theatrical version" is put out on blue ray. Looking at this version of the movie is like seeing a Rembrandt after someone has splashed paint on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't really care whether the movie accurately depicts Mozart's character and life. This movie tells a great story, and the main character, to me, is not Mozart but Salieri. Throughout the movie, you find yourself feeling so sad for Salieri, and although you think that what he's doing is immoral, you can't help but sympathize. And what great acting! Just watch Salieri's expressions! You can see the anguish, the hurt, the triumph, all in his face. Definitely added to the list of my all time favorites!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I play the piano, so when I saw a movie about mozart, I thought I'd watch it. I was interested because I played some of mozart's music (of course. What musician HASN'T played Mozart's music?) I watched this movie again and again and I'm still not tired of it. The story was very convincing even though it's not very true. But what does it matter, it was an awesome movie! Mozart was truly a music genius. Like wow. There had never been and I doubt will ever be anyone else like him. When he died (in the movie) it made me cry. Before, when people asked me what movie was my favorite movie I always said I don't have one. I didn't...until now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have looked into a lot of information about Mozart and find this movie to be completely false. False in the way of characterizing Mozart.The characterization of Mozart is ridiculous. Mozart in one way was the complete opposite of what the movie states. It states that Amadeus was a ridiculous child who liked to have sex and go to parties. Mozart was quite the opposite in my opinion. He didn't like parties and shunned sex. I believe that Amadeus had a very different side to him. The movie states that Salieri thought that God was playing through Amadeus. I believe that Mozart was a genius (unlike the movie states) and that Salieri didn't understand his beliefs and the way he was. It states that Amadeus drank all the time, like he was some raving drunk child. The movie eventually classifies Amadeus as a hard alchoholic. From what I understand I don't think that Amadeus drank that much and he definitly didn't drink the way the movie portrays him to. As far as Amadeus going crazy in the movie, which I think that it states (he is having a lot of troubles, and his wife tells him she thinks he is going mad). Mozart may have delt with some mental illness but not like the movie states. The movie is not good in my opinion either. It is like a fast pased journey only touching on short seconds on the life of Amadeus. I feel that it is horrible. These are just some of the things I can say about this movie, there is much more. In my opinion the characterization of Amadeus and the movie are ridiculous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this isn't meant to be realistic. The narrator is Salieri -- hardly an impartial narrator in any sense. The film is also not religious, nor is it meant to be a morality allegory. Instead, it is the portrait of a genius through the envious eyes of Salieri. Secondly, this takes place in Austria, not Germany. (Germany wasn't even a nation yet!) Mozart was born in Salzburg, but the period of this movie was set in Vienna. The film itself is brilliantly written, and the pacing is well done. F. Murray Abraham was brilliant as Salieri. . . The writing of the Requiem was breathtaking, with Hulce singing the dictation in pitch to Abraham (as Salieri.) Ultimately, this film isn't just for those who know classical music. It's just a great film. . . Mozart's death was premature, and it's been suggested that he was murdered. It's more likely, however, that he died from tuberculosis. Mozart didn't abstain from sex, either. (Who writes these reviews? 18th Century Europe was incredibly decadent. See The Libertine, or read some Voltaire, please.) Based on Mozart's self-medication with alcohol, lavish spending sprees, and promiscuity, he's considered to have probably been Bipolar (read Touched with Fire by Kaye Redfield Jamison). His father, Leopold, also a composer, was a miserable, overbearing, and rather abusive father, all traits highlighted in the film. The screenplay does an effective job at capturing some of what we know, and exaggerating these traits based on the views of Salieri.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As my headline states, this is a grudge film about Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Through the first few minutes of the film, Salieri is actually idolising Mozart and the way he composes music. However, upon first seeing him, he thinks that he is a pervert and must not be Mozart but an imposter only to discover, to his dismay, that he is the real Mozart. When Mozart then has an affair with the woman that Salieri loves, he goes ballistic and tries his best to ruin anything that Mozart composes. The music played an important part in the film and really got you thinking about its relation to what was going on in the film. Such as the scene were Salieri is read several different sections of Mozart's work, when he read a piece, you heard the music on the sound track, when he switched, so did the music. The operas also showed the way Mozart's popularity and creativeity fell. If you ever get A chance to watch this film, watch more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the only movies about something intelligent. This is a great movie, bad movies don't win 8 Academy Awards, especially best pictures. Cinematography is beautiful, costumes are great, and the acting is funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amadeus is well written and well directed, but this film also contains some of the most incredible preformances I've ever seen. It is also visually stunning with beautiful costumes. Perfect....Amadeus deserves every award it got.
ravplt More than 1 year ago
"Amadeus" is a feast for the eye, ear and mind. It focuses on the heavily fictionalized relationship between the immortal Amadeus Mozart--a brilliant wastrel devoted both to his art and to sensuous pleasure--and Antonio Salieri, a model of rectitude and Mozart's rival for the Emperor's favor--whose music faded even before he died. Every aspect of this film is outstanding. The period recreation of late 18th century Vienna--its architecture, decor, costumes and hairstyles--is breathtaking. So is the acting. Director Milos Forman made the wise choice of avoiding A-list actors whose presence might have distracted from the experience of viewing this film. The final scene between Mozart and Salieri is especially striking. F. Murray Abrahams' portryal of Salieri won him a most well-deserved Oscar.