Amadeus: Theatrical Cut (HD Reconstruction)Featured
Amadeus - Theatrical Cut 1998 PAL (Flipper) DVD
The Terminator - 2012 blu-ray
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- 4GB 720p MP4 (1280x534)
Selectable audio tracks:
1. 5.1 Theatrical Soundmix (From DVD)
2. Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer Commentary (From DC blu-ray. Edited to fit)
3. Isolated Score (From DVD)
- Whenever a cut was made for the DC there tended to be one or two frames spliced. To replace these missing frames I created new ones combining elements from both the DC and TC, then graded and adjusted to match.
- Upscaled TC DVD footage using 'Super-Resolution' in VirtualDub plus various filters in Vegas. It's still way below the clarity of the blu-ray footage but as it only makes up 0.9% of the runtime it's not very distracting. Also graded to remove heavy red-shift and to match blu-ray.
- Edited DC blu-ray commentary track to fit TC runtime. To do this sometimes it meant shifting the audio out of sync with the picture and filling in silences. I felt this was preferable to cutting out parts of the interesting chat.
00.02.57 - Erased additional "Director's Cut" title using the same area from the shot on the TC DVD.
00.03.34 - Erased additional "Kenneth McMillan" credit using the same area from the shot on the TC DVD.
00.13.48 - Added two "new" frames and removed 26-seconds of DC footage.
00.13.49 - Added 2-second shot from TC DVD.
00.13.51 - Added "new" frame.
00.18.46 - Added "new" frame.
00.18.51 - Added "new" frame.
00.21.24 - Added "new" frame.
00.23.48 - Added 4-seconds of TC DVD footage, blended into the DC footage to extend two shots.
00.23.50 - Removed 18-seconds of DC footage.
00.28.59 - Added two "new" frames and removed 4-seconds of DC footage.
00.37.55 - Added two "new" frames.
00.40.55 - Added two "new" frames.
00.46.40 - Added "new" frame and added 2-second shot from TC DVD.
00.46.42 - Added "new" frame and removed 2-minutes of DC footage.
00.46.58 - Added "new" frame and added 2-second shot from TC DVD.
00.47.00 - Added "new" frame and removed 30-seconds of DC footage.
00.47.17 - Added 2 "new" frames and removed 27-seconds of DC footage.
00.51.18 - Added 7-seconds of TC DVD footage, blended into the DC footage to extend two shots.
00.51.24 - Removed 1.5 minutes of DC footage.
00.53.07 - Added two "new" frames.
00.57.28 - Added "new" frame and added 6-seconds of TC DVD footage.
00.57.34 - Added "new" frame and removed 1-minute of DC footage.
00.57.45 - Added "new" frame and removed 5-minutes of DC footage.
00.57.46 - Added 2-seconds of TC DVD footage, blended into the DC footage to extend a shot.
00.57.49 - Added 2-seconds of TC DVD footage, blended into the DC footage to extend a shot.
00.57.51 - Trimmed DC shot by 1-second to match almost identical TC shot
00.58.07 - Added "new" frame.
00.58.25 - Trimmed DC shot by 1-second and added 10-second shot from TC DVD.
00.58.35 - Added "new" frame.
00.59.18 - Reordered all the footage of Mozart welcoming his father back to the way it was and blended in shots/frames from the TC DVD to fill in the gaps. Removed 14-seconds of DC footage.
00.59.56 - Shortened two sots by 6-frames total
01.01.58 - Added two "new" frames.
01.07.52 - Added two "new" frames and removed 4-seconds of DC footage.
01.11.24 - Added "new" frame, removed 40-seconds of DC footage and added 32-seconds of TC DVD footage.
01.11.59 - Added two "new" frames.
01.20.03 - Added two "new" frames.
01.22.11 - Removed 1-second of DC footage and added "new" frame.
01.37.22 - Added "new" frame.
01.42.55 - Removed 7-seconds of blank TC DVD footage (at the DVD flip point) and added two "new" frames.
01.55.01 - Added "new" frame and removed 2.5-minutes of DC footage.
01.55.46 - Removed 6-frames of DC footage.
02.01.09 - Added "new" frame, removed 4-seconds of DC footage and added 3-seconds of TC DVD footage.
02.01.12 - Added "new" frame.
02.16.10 - Added "new" frame.
02.19.36 - Added two "new" frames.
02.34.22 - Replaced 5.5-minutes of DC credits, with 5.5-minutes of TC DVD credits.
00.02.41 - Not replaced opening titles. They are re-composited very slightly differently for the DC but it's the same text (apart from two places that I fixed), the same font and the same timing as the TC. IMO Leaving in the clean HD versions is infinity preferable to replacing then with frame-accurate but obviously super low-res versions.
00.57.51 - Left in alternate 16-second take of crucifix, as the difference is almost imperceptible IMO (you have to closely compare frames to be sure it's a different take). Trimmed 14 frames.
This is one of those edits that make you go "Well of course someone should make this edit." Many fans, myself included, enjoy the Theatrical Cut more than the Extended Cut. Here it is, available in maximum visual glory!
The visual editing is seamless, TM2YC is true to form. The audio editing is a wonderfully clever solution: take the audio track from the Theatrical Cut and you're done. I love it. And it doesn't get closer to the original than this, because the audio IS the original. Kudos!
Amadeus is one of my all-time favorite films, and to me, is director Milos Forman's masterpiece. Everything from the fantastic performances (especially from Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham) to Forman and writer Peter Shaffer's masterful mix of comedy and drama to Miroslav Ondříček's lush widescreen cinematography, everything works perfectly. TM2YC has done an absolutely phenomenal job reconstructing the superior theatrical version of the film, which is by far the definitive cut. Their audio and visual editing and quality are nothing short of flawless. Amadeus as a film is much like one of Mozart's operas: it's perfect the way it is, and you lose that sense of perfection when you try taking away from it or adding more to it. Historical accuracy be damned, this is a truly great film, and TM2YC's work here is equally great.