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    Added on: 1/10/1999 21:25
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    Amadeus (US)

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    The man... The music... The madness... The murder... The motion picture...
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 160 mins
    Retail Price: $24.99
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    Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama, sumptuous period epic, glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - & as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz), Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Director (Milos Forman) & Adapted Screenplay (peter Shaffer).

    It`s 1781 & Antonio Saliere (Abraham) is the competent court composer to Emperor Joseph II. When Mozart (Oscar nominee Tom Hulce) arrives at court, Salieri is horrified to discover that the godlike musical gifts he desires for himself have been bestowed on a bawdy, impish jokester. Mad with envy, he plots to destroy Mozart by any means. Perhaps even murder.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Productions Notes
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer
    Alternate Music-Only Track

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Milos Forman

    Written By:

    Roy Dotrice
    Simon Callow
    Christine Ebersole
    F. Murray Abraham
    Charles Kay
    Jeffrey Jones
    Elizabeth Berridge
    Tom Hulce

    Music From:
    Neville Marriner

    Director of Photography:
    Miroslav Ondricek

    Production Designer:
    Patrizia Von Brandenstein

    Saul Zaentz

    Executive Producer:
    Bertil Ohlsson
    Michael Hausman

    Saul Zaentz Company

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Review of the Director`s Cut 2 Disc Edition:

    The most popular and critically lauded movie portrait of a classical composer in recent memory, Amadeus also contains one of cinema's finest depictions of envy in F. Murray Abraham's superb interpretation of Antonio Salieri. Director Milos Forman skillfully blends biography, melodrama and historical rumor in the multiple-Oscar-winning movie (a total of eight awards, including best picture, actor and director), now available in a deluxe two-DVD set, which includes the Director's Cut of the film. The restored version clocks in at 22 minutes longer than the original theatrical release.
    The differences between the two are among the many topics discussed on the audio commentary track, which features Forman and playwright/scripter Peter Shaffer. They chat about their working relationship—Forman declares, "You treated me as an equal, but only when I treated you as a superior!" Shaffer also offers invaluable insight into the historical realities that inspired his fictional inventions, while Forman reflects on the fact that the shooting marked his return to his native Czechoslovakia. The documentary The Making of Amadeus examines the production from start to finish, including Forman's most significant choice, the casting of non-stars in the leading roles (the only "name" performer, Meg Tilly, had to drop out before shooting began). The digitally enhanced soundtrack beautifully underscores the film's true raison d'ĂȘtre: the sublime music of Mozart, the man who included "too many notes."

    At last a deserving DVD for this classic!
    posted by Aslan on 28/9/2002 23:29