The Godfather Collection (The Godfather / The Godfather: Part II / The Godfather: Part III)
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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
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This is the definitive edition of The Godfather trilogy. Director Francis Ford Coppola restored all 3 of his classic gangster films. This box set comes with all 3 Godfather films and a special features disc for 4 discs in total. It comes in a sturdy fat box set. All the films look better than ever on these blu-rays.
I'm so happy to finally own the greatest gangster film series ever! This version is the one you'll want to get. It's a nice price for 3 legendary movies for the price of 1. I'd recommend this set to any friend or family member.
I *love* this series. So many reviews here have acclaimed these movies that their merits don't really need to be listed again in detail. Incredible acting. Fantastic music. Brilliant directing. Sure, there are a few flaws. We're all human. But this is a movie series that is taught in many colleges, and there's a reason for it. It's GOOD. Be sure to get a copy for yourself, so you can enjoy it for yourself. Cook up a pan of lasagne and invite some friends over! A bottle of red wine, these DVDs, and you're set for the evening!
Produced in the 1970s about a story whose settings take place in post World War II New York, Coppola skillfully transformed Mario Puzo's The Godfather into a successful movie with Hollywood giant Maron Brando and America's favorite Al Paccino playing the roles of a mafia leader and his younger son who took over family business after the father became too old to handle the business and the elder son who was slated to take over was shot dead in one of the mafia settling scores activity.
The success of the movie made its producers release parts II and III. However, the first one of this sequel remains the jewel of The Godfather crown.
Vast literature has been written about the anthropological and sociological manifestations of this movie. Two main themes, however, have found their ways to the forefront. First, the movie captures the mood during 1970s America during which most communities where abandoning civil rights movements in favor of promoting retrieving their different community character and the Italian-American community was no exception. Second, the movie has been often compared to the rise and fall of dictatorships around the world especially in Syria where the life of its late dictator Hafez Assad looks almost identical to The Godfather. Assad was grooming his elder son, Bassel, was killed in a car accident. This forced Assad to groom his second son, Bashar, who was not into his family's business but was later forced to succeed his father. In both the Godfather and Syria, things eventually slip from the hands of the second generation and become more difficult for the successors to keep things as they were during the days of their fathers.
The movie is a classic and is certainly a movie collector's item.
That said, I cannot to this day fathom what Francis Ford Coppola was thinking when he put together "The Godfather--Part III." Sprawling, poorly crafted, murky, and ultimately dull, this third installment in the series remains one of the biggest disappointments in modern film making. The casting of Sofia Coppola as Michael Corleone's daughter Mary was a production gaffe of monumental proportions. She was such an unappealing character portrayed so amateurishly by Coppola that when the climatic scene unfolds on the screen, one can't help but feel a bit of relief, rather than horror or sadness.
Still, the first two films rank among the very finest movies ever produced, and young people who missed the films during their initial releases owe it to themselves to see them on video.