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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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