The Godfather Collection
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Francis Ford Coppola's 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 Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.
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
Stills from The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration Giftset (Click for larger image)
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From watching the films censored on AMC's Mob Week to the DVD copy of this collection, it was a complete shock and surprise to see these masterpieces on Blu Ray. Some people have stated that there is no difference between this and the DVD prints in terms of picture quality, but here, you are seeing more details of the film and be able to see more of the aging on the character's make up, something I appreciate a lot.
The special features are the same, the little things are the same, etc. If you just want the films and don't care about the quality (which I kind of question your logic unless you don't have a Blu Ray player), then the DVD's will do you just fine. If you need great quality, then buy this set. Believe me: this is an offer that you can't refuse.
First of all, I bought this item because I just love the trilogy and had to have it... couldn't always wait till they showed it on TV! Plus they always show it at some bizarre time during a week day! (Not really worth getting the talking to from the boss because you showed up to work as a sleep deprived mindless zombie over a movie!)
Secondly, after reading some of the reviews and their comments on how these movies were restored and how the picture and sound are pin sharp and such, I thought that it would be as if I was seeing it for the very first time... I guess my expectations were very high at first! But To be honest they were right... once you actually ignore the movie and focus on the image... you do notice it.. you don't see any of those fuzzy objects, blotches, and dust that shows on film or VHS tape... it is clear in that sense. In terms of the sound, it is a lot more audible especially when the characters speak in low voices, in the past you had rewind and crank the volume up to hear the dialogue... not the case with this restored version.
Thirdly, I always prefer buying movies in complete sets, even though I think that Godfather III was not up to par with the other two! Hey, it doesn't hurt to have it in there, especially at the Amazon price!
Fourthly, the price definitely makes it an obvious choice! Three classic movies for an amazing price in one pack!
Can't complain really about anything with this item and I am generally very pleased with it and recommend it to any true fan of the trilogy.