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Godfather / Godfather: Part II (Two-Pack) [Blu-ray]

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Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar©-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puxo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award® nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972. This brilliant companion piece to the original The Godfather continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. Reassembling many of the talents who helped make The Godfather, Coppola has produced a movie of staggering magnitude and vision, and undeniably the best sequel ever made. Robert De Niro won an Oscar®; the film received six Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1974.

The Godfather
Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh

The Godfather, Part II
Francis Ford Coppola took some of the deep background from the life of Mafia chief Vito Corleone--the patriarch of Mario Puzo's bestselling novel The Godfather--and built around it a stunning sequel to his Oscar-winning, 1972 hit film. Robert De Niro plays Vito as a young Sicilian immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York City's Little Italy. Coppola weaves in and out of the story of Vito's transformation into a powerful crime figure, contrasting that evolution against efforts by son Michael Corleone to spread the family's business into pre-Castro Cuba. As memorable as the first film is, The Godfather II is an amazingly intricate, symmetrical tragedy that touches upon several chapters of 20th-century history and makes a strong case that our destinies are written long before we're born. This was De Niro's first introduction to a lot of filmgoers, and he makes an enormous impression. But even with him and a number of truly brilliant actors (including maestro Lee Strasberg), this is ultimately Pacino's film and a masterful performance. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

- Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola

Product Details

  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Albert S. Ruddy, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson, Mona Skager
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00511N7BW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godfather / Godfather: Part II (Two-Pack) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bobby W. VINE VOICE on August 10, 2011
This is for people considering the Godfather/Godfather II Two pack in Blu-ray format.

What you get for $20 is the first two movies only, with no special features other than the original director commentary.

These are same "Coppola Restoration(s)" as the pricier set that includes Godfather Part III and an additonal disc of bonus features.

Are they as sharp and sound intensive as contemporary films on Blu-ray? No.

Are they better than the earlier DVD versions? Yes. There is still film grain and high contrast here, but this is the nature of the source material. What you won't see are the artifacts that cropped up on lower capacity DVDs.

As other reviewers have said, if you want the best transfers of these particular, seminal films, this is it. If you watch them in a darkened room you will get as close to the original circa 1970's theater experience of these films as you ever will get, and this is a good thing.

I would have liked the additional features in the more expensive set, but you have to buy all three movies to get the extras. Like many people, I am not a fan of Godfather III, so for $30 less, I got these two classics.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonthomasdesigns on August 15, 2011
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This 2 Pack is an amazing deal .. You get 2 Classics for the Price of just the First film .. no need to pay $30 more just for the 3rd film in the collectors set ... buy id because it is not as good as the first 2 anyway

This is a great Combo Set
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Hood on November 29, 2011
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GF and GFII are must haves in your collection. The third one will not be missed, especially for the price difference to get the entire trilogy with "extra" content, which I could care less about. The blu-ray does look better. Crisper, brighter pictures. Great buy
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These are two incredible and amazing films. Francis Ford Coppola's direction of THE GODFATHER is something of a dichotomy. On one hand director Coppola gets the details of the Italian-American experience down to the minutest detail. He accomplishes this with great storytelling combing script, dialogue, performances and editing. Unfortunately the actions of these family members are so appealing to audiences that it in effect glamorizes a certain lifestyle and singles out a particular ethnic group. However using his great innovative techniques Coppola created a cultural phenomenon. From a cinematic viewpoint Coppola's direction simply wins the viewer over with such grace and appeal that there is no room for ethical consequences. For years director John Ford decimated thousands of American Indians under the watchful eyes of Monument Valley. Nobody seemed to mind much in the end. Sometimes you are remembered for how well you tell a story and not so much for what the story has to say. Filmmaking can be a very dichotomous business.

THE GODFATHER PART II is an amazing squeal rivaling the original. It completes, to some degree, and also extends the saga. Troy Donahue played a brief, but pivotal role in THE GODFATHER PART II as Merle Johnson. Near the beginning of the film Johnson intends to marry Connie (Talia Shire) as he is seen in an audience with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). The importance of this scene is to point out the moral principles of the two men each from dissimilar backgrounds. One, Merle Johnson is a man with an obscure and dubious background. The other, Michael Corleone is an affluent underworld entrepreneur. Is either man better than the other is? It depends on your point of view. That is the point that director Coppola wants to point out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl P. Rosen on November 7, 2011
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6 hours & 20 minutes of movie making at it's BEST!
"Anthony's friends are your button men"
"Tattaglia's a pimp; he never could of out fought Santino"
"Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel"
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Crazy price....
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Technically, this is two blu ray discs each in their own individual Sapphire Series cases, but stored together in a cardboard sleeve.
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