Amadeus (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 3 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer
    • The Making of Amadeus documentary
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Subtitles - Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1984 - Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Shaffer
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Costume Design
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Director: Milos Forman
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Makeup: Dick Smith
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 91

Upright95%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 179,970
The skill of Amadeus is in making you sympathize with Salieri, as slimy and despicable as he is, because of his flaws. He appeals to your sense of democracy, even though you know that talent -- certainly genius -- isn't parceled out democratically. Full Review
Boston Globe
Apr 26, 2018
Rating: 4/4 -- The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 4, 2014
Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings. Full Review
AV Club
Feb 4, 2014
...An unexpected and strangely moving spectacle...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 1985
The unkindest cuts of all are inflicted on the music. It bleeds at every splice, welling up, fading out, left suspended in mid-phrase. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
Jun 18, 2018
Rating: 10/10 -- One of the best American films of the 1980s. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Mar 12, 2015
Rating: 10/10 -- Amadeus is a movie masterpiece: engaging, beautifully performed and staged, and packed with emotional power. Full Review
Fiction Machine
May 12, 2019

Product Description:

In a lavish 18th century parlor in Austria, an elderly man is found, by his servant, with his throat slashed. The wound is self-inflicted, and the man is the little-known composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), contemporary and adversary of the now-famed, but once reviled, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Later, from his cell in an insane asylum, Salieri tells a priest (Herman Meckler) the story of his association with Mozart, confessing that he actually killed the brilliantly gifted but troubled young man. Based on the award-winning play by Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman's riveting, brilliant, Oscar-winning AMADEUS is a fictionalized account of the real-life mysterious death of Mozart. Abraham, in the role that won him the Best Actor Oscar, is the celebrated court composer to Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones)--his confidence and religious dedication shaken when he meets the boorish 26-year-old Mozart as he chases his future wife (Elizabeth Berridge) around a party while making obscene remarks. Furious that this clownish boy can produce such beautiful music, Salieri determines to keep Mozart's talent from lasting recognition and sets himself on a course for Mozart's destruction that leads to his own as well. Mozart continues to mount beautiful, moving operas (incredibly staged in the film), but becomes obsessed with writing a Requiem as his friends, family, health, and resources waste away, Salieri's manipulating presence always there. It is hard to imagine anyone--whether they are knowledgeable about classical music or not--who would not be held captive by this superb feast for the eyes and ears, a film whose excellence can be felt in every detail.

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Production Notes:

  • Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
  • AMADEUS is number 53 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • The opera sets were designed by Josef Svoboda.
  • The staging of DON GIOVANNI in the film was shot at the Tyl Theater, the actual site where Mozart conducted the opera's premiere some 200 years earlier.
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