I'm not exactly sure how wide the release of this director's cut of Amadeus
is going to be, but if anyone has the chance to see it, it's a must. Not only does it look and sound as good as it ever had on the big screen, but the added 20 minutes of footage really help the narrative. One problem I always had with the film is that Mozart's wife seemingly hates Salieri for no really good reason, since they only have one scene together over truffles and it's a delight. But this director's cut contains a brutally cruel sequence that proves why she hates him so much by the end. The film is truly one of the greatest of all time -- the edits are sensational (thrusting right into the middle of an opera performance, cueing up music as a character is thinking or composing), the acting is truly phenomenal (F. Murray Abraham deserved his Oscar, and the movie actually feels the lack when he isn't on screen; Elizabeth Berridge is better in this extended version, and Hulce is dependably funny -- but my favorite supporting performance is that of Jeffrey Jones: human, silly, and realistic), and the technical credits are flawless. I think for some reason this film sometimes gets a bum rap on the NYT Forums, but there's no question in my mind it's the best Hollywood film (if Saul Zaentz's European-filmed Warner Brothers release is indeed "Hollywood") of the 1980s.