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Amadeus

(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Title: Amadeus
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2002
Edition: Two-disc special ed. widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (180 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: the Saul Zaentz Company presents a Milos Forman film ; original stage play and screenplay by Peter Shaffer ; produced by Saul Zaentz ; directed by Milos Forman
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984; director's cut originally released as a motion picture in 2001
Widescreen version preserving the aspect ratio of the original motion picture
Running time includes only feature
Special features include: 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage ; commentary soundtrack with Milos Foreman and Peter Shaffer ; documentary, The making of Amadeus ; theatrical trailer ; cast and crew biographies ; awards
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Disc A. Feature. Cast and crew. Awards
Disc B. The making of Amadeus. Theatrical trailer
Summary: Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
ISBN: 0790765152
9780790765150
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama AMADEUS
Credits: Director of photography, Miroslav Ondricek ; editors, Nena Danevic, Michael Chandler ; music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; music conductor and supervision, Neville Marriner ; choreographer, Twyla Tharp.
Performers: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones.
System Details: DVD, letterboxed widescreen version ; Dolby surround 5.1 or surround stereo
Other Language: English language soundtracks (5.1 Dolby surround or 2.0 Dolby stereo) and French language soundtrack (5.1 Dolby surround) with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 Drama Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825 Drama Composers Austria Vienna Drama Mozart, Constanze, 1763-1842 Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biographical films
Historical films
Musical films
Feature films
Topical Term: Composers
Publisher No: 37464 Warner Home Video
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May 20, 2014
  • Clare2904 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Way too long. I found myself losing interest the longer the film went on. They could have halved the film time and not lost anything.

Shame as I had been told good things about this film. Watch, if only you are really interested and can pay attention for 3 hours.

Apr 26, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is a 1984 period drama film directed by Miloš Forman and written by Peter Shaffer, based on the 1979 stage play written by Shaffer. The story is a variation of Alexander Pushkin's play Mozart i Salieri (Моцарт и Сальери, 1830), in which the composer Antonio Salieri recognizes the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but thwarts him out of pride and envy. The original film premiered in 1984 was a PG-rated movie with a running time of 161 minutes. This DVD version is an R-rated 180-minute film made in 2002 by director Milos Forman with nearly 20 minutes of restored footage. It was release by the studios as a Director's Cut. This DVD has a 60-minute documentary---"Making of Amadeus" made in 2002. If you enjoyed the original film, you could re-enjoy this version with interviews with the actors, director, producers and other key members of the staff.

Great movie- loved the soundtrack- my personal favourites: the Marriage of Figaro Overture and the Clarinet concerto in B flat major- 1rst movement. I recommend watching the documentary “In Search of Mozart” it will set you straight on the life and times of Mozart.- Full of great music too! : )

Can't remember much about the movie except that I didn't like it at all!

Jan 08, 2012
  • VenusJade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By all means watch this movie. Even if your not into classical music. This movie portrays fact and fiction into one. You can truly see the genius of Mozart. And how he had a painful yet fulfilling life. A great movie. A must see.

Sep 04, 2011
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

F Murray Abraham deserved the Oscar he got for playing Salieri, an Italian composer jealous of Mozart. This partly true, partly fictional film based on a play, shows an elderly Salieri in an insane asylum, confessing to a priest, with flashbacks showing his relationship with Mozart. A sumptuous soundtrack of Mozart compositions, played by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Highly recommended.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie, I've seen it three or four times now, and I would highly recommend this to anybody.

Oct 12, 2010
  • JGOODRICK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this movie, I loved the musical score accompanying it. I am curious if its really true? Was Mozart such a goon? Was he poisoned?

This movie is great, watched it again and again, really helps with my playing

Aug 12, 2009
  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Milos Forman's tour de force of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

[first lines]
Salieri: Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Emanuel Schikaneder: Look, I asked you if we could start rehearsals next week and you said yes.
Mozart: Well, we can.
Emanuel Schikaneder: So let me see it. Where is it?
Mozart: Here. It's all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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