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Amadeus (Director's Cut) (Blu-ray)

Released on 16 February 2009

Featuring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce & Jeffrey Jones

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama, sumptuous period epic, glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz), Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).

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 Amazing Film... Lazy Transfer!

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This film is definitely one of my favourites films. The fact it won 8 oscars underlines just how amazing the film is - the story,the acting, the editing and the music are extraordinary.

However I gave this 3 stars (and not 6!) simply because the video quality struck me as very lucklustre very quickly. I currently own the directors's cut DVD and to me the difference in quality throughout the film was only marginal. The majority of the transfer definitely showed a deeper range of colour and less signs of video compression. However it just isn't enough to warrant a release on blu ray. Indeed some scenes looked pretty much the same as my DVD, particularly the opening scene. And I'm in the group of people trying to persuade others how good blu ray is.

I mean if you look at how they have restored the Bond films from the 60s, this "upgrade" might well be seen as a rip off. I remember some of the scenes in Dr. No looked spectacular - as if they had been filmed yesterday with bitrates often above 30Mbps in visually rich scenes. Amadeus is certainly not short of visually rich scenes with all the costumes, palaces, salons and stages but nothing was made of it. The VC-1 transfer seemed to hover at around 15Mbps for the majority of the film sometimes climbing to the twenties (and rarely to 30) and sometimes dropping to 6Mbps.

So... if you own the film already on DVD, make sure you really love this film enough to buy it on blu ray. It is better quality - but with the smallest justifiable margin.

If you have not seen the film, buy it already - this film IS brilliant and this is still the best quailty in which you can view it.

(If anyone else agrees about the picture quality - post a review as well)

 One of the best

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This sublime take by Milos Forman of the play by Peter Shaffer gets everything just right. The sets, costumes, locations, direction, screenplay, cinematography, everything is perfect. But three things in this tale of the rivalry between mediocre court composer Salieri and his all-consuming hatred of the supremely talented but extremely vulgar Mozart are absolutely spot on. One is Tom Hulce, blissfully obnoxious as the former child prodigy. Another is F. Murray Abraham, sheer perfection as the lesser composer, every slight against him writ large on his face, destined to a life of madness. And of course the last thing is the music itself, a key part of the construction of the film and its success. Wonderful. The director cut adds 20 minutes to an already lengthy film but they happen to be 20 good minutes.

 amazing

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this is one of my all time favorite films, its a work of art. well filmed, and beautiful music, and the acting is amazing. i cant praise this film up enough, its timless and well shot.

 Must Buy!!!!

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I, too, feel I have to stick up for this blu ray. One of my favourite films. The transfer is lovely - the image is clean, colours pop and fine detail is excellent - head and shoulders better than the DVD. The sound is top drawer too. There doesn't seem to be any intrusive DNR or edge enhancement either. Great job Warner, if only all catalogue titles got the same treatment.

 Amadeus Blu-ray...

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Epic, majestic film that really needs no further comment. This is a review simply of the quality of this BD. Those other reviewers giving this transfer a 2-3 star rating really need to either, visit their optician, or buy a new TV! Lets please remember this movie is 25 years old! The PQ is first rate with hardly anything worthy of note to diminish a near flawless transfer. Colours are rich & vibrant, blacks are deep & inky. Some scenes may be a little 'soft', but mostly the level of detail is crisp & sharp & surpasses the Standard dvd completely. The DolbyTrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is sublime, so important for a movie about Mozart. Do yourself a favour, buy this now, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!!!

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ActorsF. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Jones, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Charles Kay, Kenny Baker, Barbara Bryne, Vincent Schiavelli & Cynthia Nixon
DirectorMilos Forman
CertificatePG
Year1984
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; German ; Italian ; Spanish
SubtitlesDutch ; English ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Korean ; Portuguese ; Danish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; Polish ; Finnish ; Castilian Spanish
Duration2 hours and 50 minutes (approx)