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The Godfather Collection (The Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
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Carried over from the original set are all of Francis Ford Coppola's commentary tracks for the three films. On The Godfather one, he appropriately enough, starts off by talking about the film's famous opening scene and how it was supposed to start with the wedding but a friend suggested he do something else. Coppola talks about how he organized the elaborate wedding sequence and shot it only 2-3 days! He talks about the pressure he was under by the studio and in read danger of being fired because they didn't like what he was doing. This is pretty solid track that we've come to expect from the veteran filmmaker.
Coppola's contributes another excellent commentary for The Godfather Part II. Initially, he had no interest in doing a sequel and dealing with studio bureaucracy. He suggested Martin Scorsese for the job. The studio balked at this idea and accepted all of Coppola's terms. The veteran filmmaker talks at length about the development of the Corleone family from Part I. Coppola is engaging and very articulate, delivering a top notch track that is well worth a listen for any fan of this movie.
Finally, there is Coppola's commentary for The Godfather Part III. One of the heated debates the filmmaker had with the studio was over Pacino's hair.Read more ›
If you are looking for a "wow" disc to show off your Blu-ray home theater sound and video, this is not it. If you are looking to experience modern American Gangster cinema in its 1970's glory, this is as close as you are ever likely to get, muted sepia-esque color, film grain and all.
These were not done exclusively for the home market. The priority was that they were restored for theatres, because that is where they would be judged the most critically, and all indications are that they do not disappoint. Never watch these films in your living room with the lights on. Watch them like you do in the theater, lights out, to appreciate the effort that went into these films.
The three films will only be released together in this set. The Godfather and The Godfather Part III will each be on one disc, and The Godfather Part II will take two discs. The first of the good news? Francis Coppola has recorded full-lenth audio commentaries for all three films!
But wait, there's a fifth disc that will blow your socks off! Check this out -- the bonus disc contains 3+ hours worth of special features, including: > "The Godfather Family: A Look Inside" documentary > "Francis Coppola's Notebook", an inside look at taking the book to screen! > "On Location" with production designer Dean Tavoularis! > "The Godfather Behind The Scenes" 1971 featurette! > "The Cinematography of The Godfather"! > "The Music of The Godfather" -- two featurettes! > "Coppola and Puzo on Screenwriting"! > Storyboards from GF2 and GF3! > "The Corleone Family Tree" character and cast bios! > Academy Award® acceptance speeches! > Photo galleries with captions! > Theatrical trailers! > Filmmaker bios! > Corleone Family timeline, with real-life events mixed in! > Never-seen alternate opening of GF3! > And "all" of the extra footage found in the televised Godfather Saga!
The picture quality looked fantastic -- Coppola's American Zoetrope did a wonderful job restoring the films!Read more ›
A marvelous restoration job, "The Godfather-The Coppola Restoration Gif Set" includes all three original films as they were presented theatrical. It doesn't have the version that Coppola cut for TV and presented in chronological order. THe first two films are masterpieces and while the third is severely flawed, it does have its moments.
Keep in mind that these were restored for theatrical showings NOT for the home video market and, as such, these probably aren't the best Blu-rays to use to show off your home video system. Some people will no doubt be disappointed but, quite frankly, these films have never looked this good before on home video. Is this a big step up from the DVDs? Yes and no. The Blu-ray does provide better resolution but keep in mind it also shows the flaws inherent in the original films (and some people will regard the grainy images as being a flaw).
First keep in mind that "The Godfather" was meant to look grainy so those of you who hate grain will probably wonder why they didn't eliminate it. That's because to do so would have required altering the look of the film not restoring it and the usual result of eliminating film grain is that you lose detail. The result also makes it look like the actors are walking wax dummies. Some scenes are much grainer than others but that's the way the film was meant to look.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shipping wasn't an issue. Package arrived as scheduled without damage. The blu-ray transfer looks good. I'm no expert but I was pleased with how the movie looked on my tv screen. Read morePublished 1 day ago by AMZN Buyer
Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece is here in a wonderful restored release; restoration supervised by the director himself. The HDMI output makes the photography luminescent. Read morePublished 5 days ago by K. Cole
The movie is a masterpiece, you already know that. The box set I recieved is in deplorable condition. Looks like it got knocked around the warehouse for years. Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. Garvey
So I bought this two years ago and FINALLY got to watch it this week-- as I'm watching Godfather Part 2- the disc keeps freezing. The sounds go out and then it just stops. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Daniel Rosen
This movie collection is an annual must-see for my family every year! Nothing cuts to the point of family honor, love and loyalty like the Godfather. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|Godfather-Coppola Restoration (blu-ray): "Collection" vs. "Trilogy"||
People who complain like this about film grain always come off sounding completely ignorant to anyone who actually understands what film grain is and what it SHOULD look like in a proper transfer. Film grain isn't "intentional", but it is unavoidable, and a natural result of our long... Read More
Nov 18, 2012 by Timmy K. | See all 13 posts
No, there isn't a digital copy included or a dvd version of the movie in the pack. I purchased it a few weeks ago and it was just the blu ray discs.
Feb 21, 2012 by willybgood | See all 4 posts
The packaging of The Godfather Blu-ray version of the Coppola Restoration is the worst that I have ever seen. I say this, not because the accompanying booklet will not fit into the disc box, but because the package can and will damage the discs during the ordeal of removing them from their... Read More
Jul 6, 2010 by One-Shot Scot | See all 4 posts
|Anyone have audio problems with Pt.2 of this set?||
No. But they left off the last 10 second musical chord at the very end, just before the restoration credits.
Jan 26, 2013 by H. Grele | See all 2 posts
|godfather from beginning to end .||
As a Godfather fan, I can't wait for a definitive chronological edit to hit BD someday (soon?).
Previous chronlogical edits include: (1) "Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic" which is a VHS-only 402 min. chronological edit of Parts I & II not available on DVD or laserdisc. Doesn't... Read More
Jan 31, 2014 by Christopher P. Keller | See all 2 posts
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