I had a copy of this stored, courtesy of nice, old Rupe's 'do-flicker-recording-thingie', and last night I decided to watch it. It must be over 25 years since I saw the original, general release version which, at the time, I thought was superb. "Never go back!" is an old prescription I try to follow but happily on this occasion I wasn't too disappointed. I remember the 'shock 'n' awe' of the original was immense. I was not particularly familiar with Mozart's music at the time, so that added to the thrill of the film which I thought was quite brilliant. Looking at it again, and allowing for the more leisurely (self-indulgent?) pace of the director's cut, I was less impressed. I'm sorry to say that the American accents in the gorgeous mid-European settings grated, and doubly so when the British actors switched to 'American' to maintain the linguistic ambience. Tom Hulce's performance as Mozart was good but less impressive than I remembered it. Above and beyond them all, however, was the magnificent F. Murray Abraham, whose playing of Salieri is, in my book, one of the greatest screen performances of all time and I can hardly believe that he has not done more film work than he has, preferring, apparently, to concentrate on live theatre. Also, I was glad to see that my memory of Jeffrey Jones playing the intensely stupid Emperor was as delightful and funny as I remembered. (Poor Jeffrey Jones, I often wondered what happened to such an obviously skillful actor and now I know, I wish I hadn't found out!) Writing of the history of Amadeus cannot preclude mention of its beginnings as a hugely successful stage play written by Peter Shaffer and that, of course, brings to me to one of the barely reported highlights of its progress on various stages, that is, my own performance in the crucially important role of Count Franz Orsini Rosenberg in a production by the Teddington Theatre Club. I can't think why Wiki have failed to mention it!