Amadeus [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 3284920
  • Release Date: 11/03/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (28 out of 34)

Special Features


  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Amadeus
For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors -- not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film's many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. In 2002, the film received a theatrical re-release as "Amadeus: The Director's Cut," a version that includes 20 minutes of additional footage. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • F. Murray Abraham
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • Tom Hulce
    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Elizabeth Berridge
    Elizabeth Berridge - Constance Mozart
  • Simon Callow
    Simon Callow - Emanuel Schikaneder
  • Roy Dotrice
    Roy Dotrice - Leopold Mozart



Customer rating

4.1
83%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    There's a reason this is $4.99 + free shipping

    Posted
    MikeFromMissouri
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    It's not a bluray, so I wasn't expecting that kind of clarity, but the transfer quality is grainy for a standard dvd. Also, about two thirds of the way into the movie, it stops playing after a chapter and takes you back to the disc menu screen. I searched the case for another dvd and couldn't find one, so after reading the dvd cover to see whether or not it was two dvd set (it didn't say), I turned the disc over and inserted it into the player. Viola! The thing is, the back of the dvd is completely blank with no writing or anything to indicate that you have to flip it over. Reminded me of a laser-disc. Anyway, this is a great movie. F. Murray Abraham is brilliant. It only cost $4.99 because if they could have made a cheaper copy, they would have.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully Shot, But Historically Inaccurate Film

    Posted
    HAMLET

    Milos Foreman's Academy-Award winning movie about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is a gorgeously filmed, but grossly inaccurate, portrayal of the greatest musician the world has ever known. F. Murray Abraham gives a solid performance as the man who may or may not have silenced the world's greatest musical genius. The inaccuracies are too many for me to list here, but if you're looking for a history lesson on Mozart (who is my favourite composer), this movie IS NOT it. The Director's Cut runs 3 hours and is rated R.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The most flawless movie in existance!

    Posted
    zchall

    This movie is finished in the way no movie is ever finished. There are only a couple movies that I enjoy watching more than this movie, but that's only because they speak to me more directly and I can watch those almost in loop. This movie raked in at the 1984 Academy Awards, but they actually awarded them properly that year. This is an absolute must watch and must own. It is in no way a biography about Mozart, but it is a rare gem of a movie with some basis on his life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best made movie ever!

    Posted
    zchall

    The other reviewer is correct that this is no documentary; it never claimed to be. That being said, this is the most brilliantly orchestrated movie I have ever seen! Personally, I like the absurd twists this movie takes on Mozart's character. It just adds to the dynamics between Mozart and Salieri. If you are looking for an intelligent and entertaining movie, buy this! If you are looking for a history lesson, read a book or watch a documentary on PBS or the History Channel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite movie ...

    Posted
    conradb2

    I can see why some might think this movie boring. I fell asleep on it the first time I watched it, but once I got back into it, I wondered how I could fall asleep on it. (I must have been REALLY tired) The whole story is just fantastic. F. Murray Abraham as Salieri is just mesmerizing in how obsessed he is with the music that Mozart is creating. Tom Hulce is equally amazing as Mozart and all his zanyness... I buy very few DVDs... This one I had to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies ever

    Posted
    Anonymous

    A movie, like dance, music, painting etc is not necessary about telling the truth that you find it in the real life, its about how you tell the truth in idea to find the best way to impress the soul and mind of the people who watch and listen. It's nothing wrong to exaggerate or give it a less importance to an event just to pop up another one . It's the most entertaining movie ever .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie; highly recommended

    Posted
    JoeNordic
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    Bought the DVD for the extras; there is a very good documentary about the making of the movie which says is included... it is not on this 2 disc version. I ended up watching it on youtube. No need for this 2 disc version, however, for 5 bucks hard to complain as it is a very beautiful and entertaining movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    This won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1984?

    Posted
    KommandantKlink
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    I am not seeing what the people saw in this movie in voting it an Oscar for best picture of 1984. Amadeus laugh drove me crazy throughout the movie. That said I have seen worse movies. I can only give this a fair rating. Maybe average at best but no higher for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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