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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Switching to Blu-Ray For.
This full frame-by-frame restoration is beautiful. A damaged master copy had been the main culprit of a poor transfer to DVD/video originally. This transfer is not just a digitally cleaned up version of that master, but in some cases they used a better quality negative. The old version had murky dark scenes and washed-out bright scenes like the opening wedding scene. It...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After waiting forever for the DVD version, I was angry about the poor visual quality of the film. Aside from the constant grainy yellow look, much of the film is in darkness making it impossible to see the faces of the actors. I'm shocked there would be such little attention to the visual transfer. The audio is fine but I didn't find any of the deleted scenes mentioned...
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by Laurie A. McMaster


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Switching to Blu-Ray For., Dec 2 2008
This review is from: The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This full frame-by-frame restoration is beautiful. A damaged master copy had been the main culprit of a poor transfer to DVD/video originally. This transfer is not just a digitally cleaned up version of that master, but in some cases they used a better quality negative. The old version had murky dark scenes and washed-out bright scenes like the opening wedding scene. It was terrible. This version fixes all that and is just beautiful in HD. The Godfather the way it was meant to be seen.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coppola's legacy enclosed with others, July 18 2004
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A. Fondacaro "NiaTonyF" (Silverdale, WA) - See all my reviews
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While the original film ranked #2 on the AFI's list of 100 Greatest Movies (#1 being Citizen Kane), many film buffs, afficionados, and audiences believed that the first Godfather film deserves that #1 spot. How many people do you know who know some of those famous quotes like, "I'm gonna' make him an offer he can't refuse," or "Never take sides against the family again, ever..." A few maybe? Or perhaps you grew up in an Italian family like mine and your father can translate the Italian for you while you watch? Now how many people can quote Citizen Kane beyond, "Rooooosebuuuud...."
Despite the excellence of the first film, it is my opinion that Godfather part 2 delves deeper into the family, more into the two-toned life that Michael Corleone orchestrates between the family business and his family. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the relationship he cultivates between himself and Hyman Roth (wonderful performance by Lee Strasberg), cementing the old adage that you keep your friends close and your enemies closer. On the surface they are friends, behind closed doors they are co-conspirators, between each other they are close friends and confidants. Beneath it all, in the depths of each man's heart, they are mortal enemies, Corleone ultimately the victor. The whole movie is a mounting tension between the two, reaching heights as when Hyman fumes over the death of a great man, Mo Green, whom Corleone had killed in the first film. In the end, Hyman becomes just another victim, mowed down by a Corleone footman.
The court proceedings are shot in a way that transmits the claustrophobia and morose tedium of the justice system back in the days of McCarthyism (the eras align somewhat, both post-war 1950's). The court is crowded, people line the walls, journalists write furiously in the heat of the courtroom, in the background, people walk in and out of the proceedings like is was a Wal-Mart. People speak into microphones, their voices drone in the hollow, sparse room.
And then Michael Corleone has his own brother killed. Many would say this is when Michael gives himself over fully to the title "Godfather." This is actually one of the central themes of the first film, when exactly does Michael become Godfather? The first film has a wonderful moment where, in the family office (the predominant colors are brown and orange), Brando gets out of his chair, moves over to the side of the office, Michael gets up from the couch on the other side, moves to the desk, and sits in his fathers chair. This is when Michael becomes Godfather in my opinion, but Coppola is good enough to give us more moments that question exactly, "When?"
Coppola's film legacy lies within this box set, as does Pacino's, Brando's, Caan's, and Duvall's. DeNiro managed to go off and do other things, his legacy lies somewhere else, but to the aforementioned actors, they have never done another film or role as well as what they did in the Godfather films. You don't realize it until you pop in the bonus disc, but composer's Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola also put their legacy into this film with the music. Who can forget Rota's seven-note theme that opens and closes the film? Carmine Coppola adds a more Italiano flavor to the music in the flashback scenes featuring DeNiro as a young Vito Andolini (a.k.a. Don Corleone in the first film).
There's so much to go over, the least of which is film #3. But the contents of the other three discs justifies the cost, which could actually be higher. But really, this collection is an offer you can't refuse, or do I have to put a gun to your head??
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather trilogy Blue Ray, March 25 2010
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R. Corbeil (Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I just received the trilogy on Blue Ray. It's just amazing compared to the DVD version I had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless filmmaking*, July 23 2005
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Jaime (Saskatchewan, Canada) - See all my reviews
I'm not quite sure if it's possible to surpass THE GODFATHER series in terms of pure artistic beauty. The imagery is wrought with the emotions of the film and the characters, the Italian-language moments are scripted well and interjected at the best times, and the acting (among other things such as the directing and cinematography) is superb. It's a travesty, it really is, that Al Pacino never won an Oscar for these films. The extras, including commentaries, are very well done and don't ruin the integrity of the film, as so many DVD extras often seem to do.
I've loved these films since I was a little girl; even then, I was able to discern the circumstances and fabulousness of the characters. This is due to Francis Ford Coppola's unceasing vision. Although Part III is clearly the least of the trio, it is the necessary conclusion that the series needs. Perhaps if it had been brought to the screen sooner after Part II, the vision would have been less interrupted. However, all three are remarkably well done -- I hate to repeat myself, but nothing surpasses THE GODFATHER.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "this my friend, is an offer you can't refuse!", Oct. 13 2001
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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If you were sitting in a dark room, could not see a thing and "THE GODFATHER-WALTZ" started to play, you would immediately associate this with this collection, and you'd by correct...probably one of the most recognizable themes ever written...not to mention the "LOVE THEME FROM THE GODFATHER", so beautiful and haunting had universal appeal, our composer Nino Rota most certainly outdid himself with this score.
Director Francis Ford Coppola's delivers a masterpiece, based on Mario Puzo's best selling book...an outstanding cast even more realized today than then ~ Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Richard Castellano, John Cazle, Lee Strasberg, Eli Wallach and Sterling Hayden embroiled within "The Godfather Saga", dramatic acting at it's best.
The full-length Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Widescreen Enhanced for 16:9 TVs, Closed Captioned, and that's on just the first four discs...on the final disc (Disc 5), "The Godfather Bonus Material" with over three hours of exclusive features highlighting the many Cast Rehersals, Additional Scenes, Documentary on the Making of the Godfather, The Music of the Godfather (featuring Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola) plus other extra's to numerous to mention...but you get the general idea, this is a "film-buffs-treasure"...something that only comes along once in a lifetime, do me a favor...don't pass this up...this DVD Collection is in a CLASS BY ITSELF!
You might want to pick up "The Godfather Trilogy" (SSD-1121) on the Silva America label, would make an excellent companion for your "Godfather DVD Collection", please check out my reviews on amazon.com/music.
Total 5-DVD-Set ~ Paramount Pictures 15647 ~ (2001)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to your Blu-ray collection, Oct. 19 2008
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This review is from: The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I had no problems playing these discs on my PS3.Blu-ray discs are a bit odd as they are more scratch resistant than regular DVDs but sometimes if there is a fingerprint on the disc they will not play.
The picture quality in these movies while not razor sharp has warm rich collours.In Godfather 2 the Picture quality is very good when the movie shows how the Godfather started out at the beginning of the century and sepia tones are added to create atmosphere.
I think this is a fine collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, Feb. 12 2002
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Laurie A. McMaster (Peabody, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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After waiting forever for the DVD version, I was angry about the poor visual quality of the film. Aside from the constant grainy yellow look, much of the film is in darkness making it impossible to see the faces of the actors. I'm shocked there would be such little attention to the visual transfer. The audio is fine but I didn't find any of the deleted scenes mentioned making this a forgettable collection. The Sopranos does a far better job. Rent the DVD version prior to buying if you're serious about spending this kind of money, and get a heads up about what to expect. If you're smart, you'll save your money and just get the collection on video -- the visual quality exceeds the DVD version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST MOVIE EVER, June 6 2004
"The Godfather" (1972) was a stylized masterpiece. Its auteur director, Coppola, laced it with the subtlest Leftist message that may have avoided the radar of even longtime fans who have seen the film 10 or more times. When interviewed by producer Robert Evans, Coppola said he wanted to make a movie that was a metaphor for capitalism in America. Evans told him what he could do with his metaphors, but Coppola was brilliant and an authentic Italian, a Hollywood rarity at that time. His ethnicity was considered necessary in the making of a Sicilian mob picture.
In the classic Tahoe scene of "Godfather II", Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) tells a Nevada Senator that he is just as corrupt as he is. In the first film Pacino tells Diane Keaton (Kay) that his father is no different than the President, in that they are both powerful men who have other men killed. The "family" is depicted as a corporate empire that must change with the times like a car company, only the stock in trade of the mob was the transition from prohibition booze to heroin (although Michael's goal is eventual "legitimacy"). What gives Coppola's work authentic panache, as opposed to so many heavy-handed liberal messages, is that in "The Godfather(s)", his messages have the ring of truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Paragon, Feb. 28 2004
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H Y Seo (Sac-a-tomatoes USA) - See all my reviews
There is no other mobster movie. There is no superlative extreme enough. The mount everest of mobster movies. If you are looking for an example of how to perfectly tell a saga of a family working out it's struggles and issues, much like any other family with the exception of careers, morality, power, principalities, and high finance, than this is your feature. This is one of the very select sequels that improves upon the oringal in almost every way; performance from the actors, set up of characters by the writer, and just plain drama from the story. The main reason for this is probably the fact that the first two installments is the telling of one novel. Puzo and Coppola basically split the novel "The Godfather" and made two movies from it. One did an adequate job, but it took the second to illucidate the saga. Based loosely on real mob families in New York, the orignal "Godfather" caused a sensation when it was premiered over three decades ago. Time is the ultimate test for a story, novel, or movie. The "Godfather" epic has only imporved with time. With other lesser attempts to re-capture the magic that Coppola recorded; it only stands out even more. Part III is a tribute to that often attempted failure. Even he could not recapture the splender that was the first two features. Maybe time, maybe actors, or maybe just that the saga was complete with two parts; can explain how the third part comes up short, or maybe the fact that part III was about money and lacked the passion of the first two. Regardless, you can throw away the disc, or tape for part III and you would still have the best story ever told in cinema. It has everything and is everything one could ever want. American, Italian, whatever, the "Godfather" is about humans. It covers all ethnicities and cultures; just plug in your own. The theme of family and economics and politics, are all timeless.
I recommend the DVD because the VHS tapes will wear out with as many times as you will view the movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather DVD review, Jan. 26 2004
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The Godfather series have long been heralded among the greatest pieces of american cinema. First reviews of the films:
1.) Godfather: (11 out of 10). A classic of cinema and #3 on the AFI's 100 greatest movies list. It's also my favorite movie of all time. Marlon Brando gives a legendary performance as Don Vito Corleone, the head of the Corleone mafia family. From his hoarse, mumbling voice to his cheeky face, Brando created one of the most famous and often parodied charcters in film history. Another special contribution this film gave to pop culture was introducing Al Pacino. Pacino is great in his signature role as the Don's son, Michael. He shows in his portrayl the transformation of Michael from a war hero into a ruthless mobster. The supporting cast are all fantastic as well. James Caan as the hot-tempered Sonny, Robert Duvall as consigliere Tom Hagen, Diane Keaton as Michael's wife, Kay Adams and the late John Cazale as Fredo Corleone to name a few. The Godfather had many memorable scenes such as the horses's head lying in a man's bed, the shootout at the restaurant or the massacre of Sonny Corleone. And who could forget Marlon Brando's famous line : I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.This movie also gave the audience insight into family life inside the mob and how these people stay close to one another despite being low life criminals.
2.) The Godfather part 2: (10 out of 10). Brilliant sequel which is equal to the original in it's epic scope. This movie tells two stories. The sequel part shows us Michael moving his newly established crime organization and family to Lake Tahoe. The prequel part takes us back in time to when the young Vito Corleone (played brilliantly by Robert De Niro) rose to power in the slums of New York. Al Pacino gives another great performance as Michael, as does Diane Keaton as his now-suffering wife Kay and Robert De Niro manages to channel Marlon Brando with his own portrayl of the Don. John Cazale manages to make the audience feel sympathetic as Michael's pathetic brother, Fredo who pays the price for betraying his brother.
3.) The Godfather part 3: ( 8 1/2 out of 10). 16 years later, Francis Ford Coppola and author, Mario Puzo returned to conclude the story of the Corleones. The film did not do so well at the box office or at the Oscars despite being nominated. It also became the butt to several jokes and the target of constant bashing from movie buffs. While the film isn't an oscar caliber masterpiece like the first two, it's not as bad as people make it out to be. The film's main flaw is the meandering plot and the numerous sub-plots going on at once. Robert Duvall's absence hurts the film as the Tom Hagen character was so prominent in the first two. The film concerns Michael's decison to become a legitimate businessman by entering into a deal with the Vatican bank to keep them from becoming bankrupt. He finds that the church is just as corrupt as the mafia. Al Pacino is once again great as an eldery Don, and Diane Keaton returns as his now estranged wife. Andy Garcia is great as Sonny's illegitimate son, Vincent who becomes the new Don Corleone. Sofia Coppola, while not great as Mary, doesnt ruin the movie like so many critics and reviewers make it to be. The Godfather part 3 needs to be seen with knowledge of the first two films to make sense. Even though it didn't live up to the first two, it was still a worthy conclusion.
Bonus Material: This disc has a lot of great stuff on it. From the many deleted scenes to the making of documentaries, this disc is a great addition to the movies themselves.
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