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THE GODFATHER PART II: 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 PART III: One of the greatest sagas in movie history continues! In this third film in the epic Corleone trilogy, Al Pacino reprises the role of powerful family leader Michael Corleone. Now in his 60's, Michael is dominated by two passions: freeing his family from crime and finding a suitable successor. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. Francis Ford Coppola directs Pacino, Garcia, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola, Joe Montegna and others in this exciting, long-awaited film that masterfully explores the themes of power, tradition, revenge and love. Seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture.
On the DVD
People used to say this was Frank Sinatra's world, and the rest of us just lived in it. After watching the multiple special features in the box set The Godfather: Coppola Restoration, one might conclude it's actually time for a cultural and historical revision: This is the Corleone family's world. The rest of us better tread lightly. Actually, the point of the half-dozen or so features crammed onto a disc accompanying the beautifully restored The Godfather, The Godfather II and The Godfather III, is that The Godfather movies have penetrated popular culture in such a deep and meaningful way that they are second-nature to everything. David Chase, creator of and writer on The Sopranos, for example, describes in the featurette "Godfather World" that his hit HBO series was intended to be the story of the first generation of mobsters actually influenced by Francis Ford Coppola's hit trilogy. Joe Mantegna calls the three films "the Italian Star Wars." (Mantegna co-stars in The Godfather III.) Alec Baldwin says no matter what one is doing, one is compelled to stop and watch the films if they're on television. Richard Belzer calls the films "a religion."
And so on. A number of people similarly testify in "Godfather World" to the importance and ubiquitousness of The Godfather and its sequels in American life. There's no point in arguing, so its best to move on to the other featurettes, including "The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't," reviewing in detail much of what has been said about Paramount's mistreatment of Coppola, about casting fights (Steve McQueen as Michael?), about the studio's assumption they were getting a quick-and-dirty B-movie, and about producer Robert Evans' determination to keep his choice of director and unlikely actors under his wing. Fresh information within the special features, however, begins with "… When the Shooting Stopped," a fine study of post-production on The Godfather, with several surprising and fascinating facts. Among emerging details is an explanation of why Michael Corleone's scream toward the end of The Godfather III is silenced out. (Hint: it was meant to be the inverse of a sound effect in the first movie.) "Emulsional Rescue: Revealing The Godfather" talks about the painstaking work of restoring the first two films, beginning with a phone call from Coppola to Steven Spielberg (after the latter's DreamWorks studio became part of the Viacom family) asking if he'd request money from Paramount for restoration work. "The Godfather On the Red Carpet is a negligible series of fawning statements about the movie from hot young actors, while "Four Short Films" are brief and enjoyable takes on different aspects of The Godfather's impact on modern living. --Tom Keogh
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This has to be one of the best American movies ever made, and this release is the best! The picture looks fantastic, with it's golden tinting, it looks better than the previous DVD... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jacob Fisher
This series is only the best for a good gangster view. It takes you from A-Z then up & down.
Only the History channel can compare.
This was a purchase for my mom to finally get rid of the old VHS tapes that she's had for 20 years. I was thrilled to see them go to the goodwill. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shnazyness
This movie digitally restored to blueray is truly an awesome experience. Never did I expect such a good product for the low price. Truly worth the five stars.Published 6 days ago by Riccardo
What can I say about the Godfather series?? I bought this item during an Amazon sale and was pleased with what I got for my money. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Brandon Hann
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|Regular DVDs or skinny DVDs?||
The DVDs are normal size. They are in four skinny cases in the box. Each film is in an individual skinny case, the two bonus disks are in one skinny case.
Nov 19, 2010 by A. Bayer | See all 3 posts
|Difference between gift set and steel box version?||
The steelbook DVD Restoration set is exclusive to Amazon UK (Region 2) or F.Y.E. (U.S.). Other than that, it's the same exact discs inside. It's pretty standard for steelbook packaging to be limited/exclusive, but never having any actual additional content.
...other than looking 27x more... Read More
May 27, 2009 by Kerigman | See all 2 posts
|Bonus discs mixed up?||
I got the same problem. Personally, I don't mind this a lot, as long they give me all the bonus material.
Jun 12, 2009 by Don Vito Corleone | See all 7 posts
|So what is new on this edition???||
In addition to the bonus features included in the older box set, the following new features are presented as well:
- Godfather World
- The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't
- ...when the shooting stopped
- Emulsional Rescue: Revealing The Godfather
- The Godfather on the Red Carpet
- Four... Read More
Jul 9, 2008 by Taylor T. Carlson | See all 8 posts
|How many discs is Part 2||
It's on one single-sided disc (good news for me as it's a pain in my lazy butt to change sides/discs in the middle of a movie).
Somehow, someway, they managed to squeeze all of Part II on one side of a disc and the quality doesn't seem to suffer one bit for it. It looks great!
Sep 23, 2008 by Danny | See all 5 posts
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