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The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray]
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Throughout his long, wandering, often distinguished career Francis Ford Coppola has made many films that are good and fine, many more that are flawed but undeniably interesting, and a handful of duds that are worth viewing if only because his personality is so flagrantly absent. Yet he is and always shall be known as the man who directed the Godfather films, a series that has dominated and defined their creator in a way perhaps no other director can understand. Coppola has never been able to leave them alone, whether returning after 15 years to make a trilogy of the diptych, or re-editing the first two films into chronological order for a separate video release as The Godfather Saga. The films are our very own Shakespearean cycle: they tell a tale of a vicious mobster and his extended personal and professional families (once the stuff of righteous moral comeuppance), and they dared to present themselves with an epic sweep and an unapologetically tragic tone. Murder, it turned out, was a serious business. The first film remains a towering achievement, brilliantly cast and conceived. The entry of Michael Corleone into the family business, the transition of power from his father, the ruthless dispatch of his enemies--all this is told with an assurance that is breathtaking to behold. And it turned out to be merely prologue; two years later The Godfather, Part II balanced Michael's ever-greater acquisition of power and influence during the fall of Cuba with the story of his father's own youthful rise from immigrant slums. The stakes were higher, the story's construction more elaborate, and the isolated despair at the end wholly earned. (Has there ever been a cinematic performance greater than Al Pacino's Michael, so smart and ambitious, marching through the years into what he knows is his own doom with eyes open and hungry?) The Godfather, Part III was mostly written off as an attempted cash-in, but it is a wholly worthy conclusion, less slow than autumnally patient and almost merciless in the way it brings Michael's past sins crashing down around him even as he tries to redeem himself. --Bruce Reid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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).Read more ›
Includes all 3 of the Godfather movies, plus a supplement dvd with extra features such as additional scenes and the making of the Godfather..
Worth the price for sure.
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.
It's a raw deal unworthy of the best American movie ever made, the orginal "Godfather." It's the best because, simply put, it's more entertaining than "Citizen Kane." And it's better than Part II because it illustrates the dramatic change in Michael Corleone's character. That's what's at the heart of the original, and that makes it a fascinating character study in and of itself (on top of everything else, of course). Part II is, essentially, an exploration into Michael's descent into evil. But without that transformation of character, the film lags a bit over its gargantuan length. You tend to yearn for more of De Niro's scenes as the younger Don Corleone. Yet Part II is terminably watchable, as much so as its predecessor.
As for Part III, it feels even more like it's been tacked on, unnecessarily, to the original. I'd rather have my own imagination to envision the string playing out for the entire Corleone family, and the inexplicable addition of George Hamilton to the film series makes the Part III even sillier.
In the end, it's all about the first two films, and you shouldn't have to pay through the nose for an extra film you don't want. Shame, shame, shame.
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This is an incredible treatment. I love the way it looks and sounds. A1 on both. Couldn't be happier. I have heard a lot of criticism about this and can't figure out why. Read morePublished 2 days ago by C-Love
The story is classic. The DVDs are handy. These appear on TV from time to time, usually all chopped to hell and loaded with mind numbingly stupid commercials. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Evil Doctor Gould
Excellent movies. I liked the blu-ray transfer, no problem with it. A must see.Published 4 months ago by Jeff