WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score:
Internet Links


DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Special Editions
(Catalog Number): PSE-95-70
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$159.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 158
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 12/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Milos Forman
(Screenplay/Written By): Peter Shaffer
(Story): NA
(Music): Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Theophilus Amadeus Mozart (Supervised By Sir Neville Marriner)
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Patrizia Von Brandenstein
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Theodore Pistek
(Editor): Nena Danevic & Michael Chandler
(Supervising Sound Editors): John Nutt
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Saul Zanentz

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The story, as told by Antonio Salieri (Abraham in his Academy® Award-winning role), a jealous, but talented court composer, tells of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (Hulce) astounding talents in composing incredible operas, entire orchestra pieces and his “sickening” popularity and ridiculing personality. It is a story of the mastermind behind the childish man, who was born a miracle in the minds of any musician. Abraham carries Amadeus, with the consuming hatred of Salieri. Winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX® digitally mastered picture is the ultimate high definition down conversion. The 2.35:1 picture exhibits a warm, natural quality that is absolutely gorgeous with rich hues and vividly rendered colors. Pristine throughout, the picture exhibits no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® matrix and 5.1-channel soundtracks are distinctive in character, both providing subtle surround envelopment and excellent accompaniment to the music in an otherwise monaural presentation.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
Reference LaserDisc:
Collector Edition: