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Amadeus Blu-ray

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Director's Cut Warner Bros. | 1984 | 180 min | Rated R | Sep 15, 2009

Amadeus (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.41:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
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English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish… (more)

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Video 3.4 of 53.4
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 2.4 of 52.4
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Movie appeal 
Drama100%
Period47%
Music25%
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Amadeus

 (1984)

Amadeus Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. This is the incredible, mostly true story about the relationship between two composers in 18th century Vienna -- Antonio Salieri, the successful court composer for Emperor Joseph of Austria, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a child prodigy who, while vulgar and irritating, writes the greatest music the world has ever heard. The film unfolds in a series of flashbacks, as Salieri is consumed with jealously by Mozart’s natural talent, and is unable to accept the knowledge that he will never possess the genius of a man he cannot stand.

For more about Amadeus and the Amadeus Blu-ray release, see Amadeus Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Milos Forman
Writer: Peter Shaffer
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole

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Amadeus Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Amadeus has endured its fair share of technical flops on home video. Early VHS copies didn't do the film's lavish production design or stunning cinematography justice, laserdisc failed to capture the details of Mozart's drunken exploits, and more recent DVD editions were littered with digital clutter, muddy colors, and murky details. For the most part, Warner rights these previous wrongs with an impressive 1080p/VC-1 transfer that outshines every other release of the film to date. Colors are richer, blacks are deeper (albeit slightly inconsistent from scene to scene), contrast is far more stable, and skintones are finally natural and lifelike. Delineation is still problematic in a few passing shots, but detail has received a significant bump in overall clarity and texture definition. Fabric and hair are crisp, edges are sharp, and background elements are refined. Moreover, the image doesn't suffer from rampant artifacting, source noise, or heavy banding. While I caught sight of some grain spiking, the print has been cleaned up quite well.

The only downside? Overzealous post-processing. Not only has digital noise reduction (DNR) been applied to the transfer, but edge enhancement has been peppered in to compensate for its ill-effects. While the artificial sharpening does firm up object edges (at the cost of injecting distracting halos into the proceedings), it fails to conceal the waxy close-ups, hazy textures, and intermittent motion smearing caused by the noise reduction. With some old fashioned love and affection, Amadeus could have remained faithful to its source and reaped the benefits of a high-def upgrade. Unfortunately, shortcuts were taken and the resulting picture falls short of its potential. The transfer may be strong enough to please DVD owners and satisfy fans of the film, but it simply doesn't reach the bar set by the best catalog transfers on the market.

(Please note the single-disc Blu-ray edition's video transfer is identical to the one offered on the previously released Digibook edition.)


Amadeus Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Warner's rich Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track improves matters, overcoming the film's age with resounding reproductions of Mozart's most stirring music. Violins croon their melodies in the center channel, slowly spreading their song across the soundfield as a resonant classical hall is painstakingly crafted before you. As their shrill cries grow louder, cellos bloom in their midst, giving way to the light wheen of bassoons and flutes fluttering across the soundstage. The trump of horns emerge from every direction as the rear speakers hurl the mounting whirlwind of sound around the listener with calculated abandon. Without warning, the entire orchestra erupts in a crescendoed flurry of instruments vying for your attention. Low-end tones rumble across the floor, treble tones are clean and steady, and meticulous prioritization preserves the slightest oboe in the storm of trumpets and timpani swirling around your home theater. Make no mistake, every time Mozart's compositions dominate the soundstage, Amadeus aggressively peddles its sonic wares to anyone willing to listen.

Of course, it's deflating anytime the music subsides since the rest of the film offers little more than conversational chit-chat and subtle environmental ambience. Don't get me wrong, dialogue is perfectly intelligible and well balanced, interior acoustics are realistic and convincing, and fidelity is quite commendable for a twenty-five year-old film... it's just that it all seems a bit uninvolving compared to the enveloping orchestral sequences. Uneven experience aside, Amadeus sounds great for a catalog classic and will exceed most viewers' expectations.

(Please note the single-disc Blu-ray edition's audio tracks are identical to those offered on the previously released Digibook edition.)


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