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3.0 out of 5 stars Good news, Bad news, April 12, 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: The Godfather Collection (The Godfather / The Godfather: Part II / The Godfather: Part III) (DVD)
First the good news...
I purchased the much-anticipated Godfather Box Set, knowing already what great movies these were (well, Part III is merely okay, but I'll spare the redundancies ...you've heard it all before!) The first two pictures continue to be towering achievements in epic film making. Coppola's treatise on family and the mob are undeniable classics.
Nearly as great an accomplishment is Al Pacino's performance in the first two films. If you only have knowledge of Pacino's later, over-the-top work (Scent of a Woman comes to mind), you will be amazed at the great subtleties he is capable of. He is mesmerizing to watch here. In fact, everything in Part's I and II is nearly flawless, from the the cinematography, Nino Rota's score, the period design, etc.
The bad news is all about the prodution of the DVD. Having both the VHS and Laser Disc versions of these movies, I was eagerly awaiting the DVD release. One of the main reasons I was in such a state of anticipation was due to the flaws apparent on those earlier formats. Both the tape and LD versions are rather dark, particularly the scenes in Vito Corleone's office and in Michael's boat house. Sadly, the DVD does nothing to help these scenes. In fact some are worse - for instance, when Jonnie Ola gives Michael an orange in Part II. Characters in these scenes are barely perceptible, fading into the shadows, only distinguishable by their voices.
There is a very bizarre video problem with one scene in particular. Near the end of Part I, at Vito's funeral, Tessio (Abe Vigoda) comes up to speak with Michael. As Tessio's back fills the cameral with a dark shadow, the image of a red face is superimposed on the shot. I could not believe what I was seeing the first time I saw it. I've replayed this, and used the still pause, and it is there! I seriously doubt that this was intentional as it is rather disturbing.
My other complaint is about the sound on Part I. In spots, it is very echoey, sounding as if the film were shot in a cavernous sound stage. I can only guess that this problem cropped up during the remixing of the soundtrack for Dolby Digital. In any event, it is not apparent on either the VHS or LDs.
There are some nice extras on the fifth DVD, but overall I was a bit disappointed at how this package turned out.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2008 5:54:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2008 5:54:40 PM PST
Twin Mama says:
About the dark scenes...

this is not a "flaw" in the DVD/VHS quality.. it is purposefully dark to enhance the director's vision. There are "dark things" happening in these films, and film theory on the trilogy suggests that Coppola specifically chose dark scenes to appear this way to help tell the cinematic story.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 6:08:45 PM PDT
RJ says:
This review was made in 2002 and according to the reviewer, it received a low rating because of the production quality of the DVD. However the review is showing up for the Blu-ray version, which probably doesn't have the same production problems. I believe the reviewer was honest but readers should not consider that portion of the review if they are purchasing the Blu-ray version.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2013 3:43:48 PM PST
Tom Luongo says:
I bought the Blu-ray version. It has the same production problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 7:48:57 AM PDT
Watched part one on blu ray as part of the trilogy just last night. Many of the skin tones appeared orange to me and while the dark scenes remain dark, it appeared to me that the blacks were crushed a bit more.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 5:53:47 PM PDT
HOW IRONIC, as in my opinion PART III became the Crown Jewel of the three chapters: the negative issues within the Vatican,the fully impassioned links, the powerful musical background of Cavalleria Rusticana, the outstanding intervention of Andy Garcia, the most convincing settings etc.. In short, I loved it.

A.B.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 1:59:57 PM PDT
jesse322 says:
DAMN IT AMAZON!!!! Separate your blu-ray reviews from your damn dvd and vhs ones!! damn it, man!
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