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The Godfather Collection [Coppola Restoration] [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 09/23/2008
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (489 out of 498)

    Special Features


    • Godfather World HD
    • The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't HD
    • When the Shooting Stopped HD
    • Emulsion Rescue Revealing the Godfather HD
    • The Godfather on the Red Carpet HD
    • Four Short Films on the Godfather HD
    • The Godfather: The original, provocative director's commentary
    • The Godfather Part II: The original provocative director's commentary
    • The Godfather Part III: The original, provocative director's commentary
    • Supplements: Making of The Godfather
    • Additional scenes
    • Filming locations
    • The Corleone family tree
    • The Music of The Godfather
    • The Godfather historical timeline
    • Profiles on the filmmakers
    • Photo galleries and storyboards

    Synopsis


    The Godfather Part III
    After a break of more than 15 years, director Francis Ford Coppola and writer Mario Puzo returned to the well for this third and final story of the fictional Corleone crime family. Two decades have passed, and crime kingpin Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now divorced from his wife Kay (Diane Keaton), has nearly succeeded in keeping his promise that his family would one day be "completely legitimate." A philanthropist devoted to public service, Michael is in the news as the recipient of a special award from the Pope for his good works, a controversial move given his checkered past. Determined to buy redemption, Michael and his lawyer B.J. (George Hamilton) are working on a complicated but legal deal to bail the Vatican out of looming financial troubles that will ultimately reap billions and put Michael on the world stage as a major financial player. However, trouble looms in several forms: The press is hostile to his intentions. Michael is in failing health and suffers a mild diabetic stroke. Stylish mob underling Joey Zaza (Joe Mantegna) is muscling into the Corleone turf. "The Commission" of Mafia families, represented by patriarch Altobello (Eli Wallach) doesn't want to let their cash cow Corleone out of the Mafia, though he has made a generous financial offer in exchange for his release from la cosa nostra. And then there's Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia), the illegitimate and equally temperamental son of Michael's long-dead brother Sonny. Vincent desperately wants in to the family (both literally and figuratively), and at the urging of his sister Connie (Talia Shire), Michael welcomes the young man and allows him to adopt the Corleone name. However, a flirtatious attraction between Vincent and his cousin, Michael's naïve daughter Mary (Sofia Coppola) develops, and threatens to develop into a full-fledged romance and undo the godfather's future plans. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    The Godfather Part II
    Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's communal stature grows, but it is his family (past and present) who matters most to him -- a familial legacy then upended by Michael's (Al Pacino) business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that allies like Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton) and turned his brother, Fredo (John Cazale), against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael turns his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    The Godfather
    Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war hero. Having long ago rejected the family business, Michael shows up at the wedding of his sister, Connie (Talia Shire), with his non-Italian girlfriend, Kay (Diane Keaton), who learns for the first time about the family "business." A few months later at Christmas time, the don barely survives being shot by gunmen in the employ of a drug-trafficking rival whose request for aid from the Corleones' political connections was rejected. After saving his father from a second assassination attempt, Michael persuades his hotheaded eldest brother, Sonny (James Caan), and family advisors Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and Sal Tessio (Abe Vigoda) that he should be the one to exact revenge on the men responsible. After murdering a corrupt police captain and the drug trafficker, Michael hides out in Sicily while a gang war erupts at home. Falling in love with a local girl, Michael marries her, but she is later slain by Corleone enemies in an attempt on Michael's life. Sonny is also butchered, having been betrayed by Connie's husband. As Michael returns home and convinces Kay to marry him, his father recovers and makes peace with his rivals, realizing that another powerful don was pulling the strings behind the narcotics endeavor that began the gang warfare. Once Michael has been groomed as the new don, he leads the family to a new era of prosperity, then launches a campaign of murderous revenge against those who once tried to wipe out the Corleones, consolidating his family's power and completing his own moral downfall. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Godfather was followed by a pair of sequels. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Al Pacino
      Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    • Diane Keaton
      Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
    • Talia Shire
      Talia Shire - Connie Corleone Rizzi
    • Andy Garcia
      Andy Garcia - Vincent Mancini
    • Eli Wallach
      Eli Wallach - Don Altobello



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 498 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great plot

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      chrislegacy
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      Let's put this behind us: the Godfather was, is and will always be 'grainy'. It's just the way they were shooting movies THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO. So, yes, it's a 36 year old movie and it looks its age. It's true, '2001' looks a lot better on blu but, apparently, that's the best that could be extracted from the existing Godfather negatives - there is an entire 'extra' that explains how the transfer was done and the sometimes painful choices the restorers had to make. The transfer is grainy all over. It's grainy all the time. The whites are grainy and so are the blacks. In the end, it does not really matter or it didn't matter much to me because it's better than anything I've seen yet. Moving beyond grainyness, the picture is steady like rock. I wasn't able to detect any major artifacts. The extra available on 'disk 4', showing the kind of work and the technology invested into this product convinced me that this is the best-looking Godfather except maybe the first screening at the Chinese theater in Hollywood that we are going to see in a long, long time. [A post blu-ray 'better' edition is possible in 10 years or so, when blu-ray is surpassed by a new technology, because the best negatives found were digitized on a resolution that's about 3 times higher than the current blu-ray.] No major complaints about the sound. It's TrueHD 5.1, it's clear but don't expect any surround effects. I doubt the original was even stereo. It was a little bit low-volume on my stereo but it's probably my equipment to be blamed. The extras on the 4th disk are actually worth watching. They are shot in HD

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best(!) movie series ever

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      Stormbringer68
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      Before Tony Soprano, Coppola's take on the rise and fall of mafia kingpin Michael Corleone really makes you cheer for the bad guy (granted, there are no good guys in these films). Pacino, Brando, DeNiro, Duvall and Caan are at their absolute best in this series, The digital restoration is pristine (both DVD and Bluray) and everyone involved should take a bow. "The Godfather" is to director/writer Francis Ford Coppola what "Star Wars" is to George Lucas (minus the obvious marketing opportunities). I actually discovered it rather late in life, at least 15 years after its release, and have been hooked ever since. I've purchased it in every form available including the VHS of the chronological edition (for those who aren't familiar, Part II bounces between events before and after Part I). A plus in the extras is hearing about Coppola's struggle to even get the movie made the way he wanted to and adding the influence of an Italian-American upbringing, without which this may have just been another one-shot gangster movie. It truly is a monumental creation and will be appreciated as such by anyone viewing it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An epic crime saga that operates better as a whole

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      LordSteve01
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      The Godfather is one of the greatest films ever made, period. That opinion is that of almost every individual that has experienced the film itself. This is an opinion I do no wholly agree with, as I see The Godfather as 1/3 of the story. The Godfather, to me, is films 1-3 operating as one whole. Being only 30 years old, I never experience the Godfather films as they we originally fed to movie-goers. My experience is watching the entire trilogy, back to back, as a whole and I have a hard time seeing these films working as well as standalone films. Most fans of the Godfather films feel that the third entry is the least compelling. This is another notion I disagree with. The third film is the perfect third act for a Shakespearian type tragedy, more-so like that of Macbeth in my opinion. This sentiment carries over to the first film as well, I don't see the first film being a better film than third. The Godfather is sum of all it's parts and must be seen as a whole to be wholly appreciated. I know many will disagree with a lot of what I have stated, but to each their own, and my Godfather experience is the epic that is the sage, the trilogy, and they should be seen as so.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic on Blu-ray

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      TattooedBlade
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      The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price...and that is just the 1st movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Action Adventure Drama Film!

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      Horses
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      One of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war hero.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      TIMELESS - THE BEST OF THE BEST

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      burtonernie
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      There's a reason parts 1 and 2 both won Best Movie Oscars. Seriously, those two movies are nearly perfect. (The only noticeable mistake is when Sonny is kicking the s**t out of Carlo in the street and he obviously misses his chin by about a foot, but I can overlook that). The story line is intriguing, the acting is superb, the characters are well developed, the cinematography is excellent, and the directing is great. Add to that a beautifully haunting soundtrack and these movies rank among the best ever made. The third is not quite up to the same standard as the first two but watched in order it offers a valid resolution to the series. I've watched these movies so many times but seeing them on Blu-ray is an entirely new experience. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic, Beautiful transfer

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      tc4real
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      A great (re)addition to the video library. Great transfer from film, a noticeable upgrade from the DVD collection. Sharp colors, crisp with much better details. 5.1 surround is a nice touch, not sure that I really noticed it, and confess I haven't watch them all the way through yet. Great bonus materials, although the deleted scenes (which are presented in chronological order, nice touch) are all in 4:3 and lower resolution. Truly two great films, with an admittedly over-long and meandering finale, but you have to wrap the story up. Enjoy!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic cinema

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      GZ1982

      I love the first two Godfather films. I could watch them both over and over. The third one..eh not so much. Its not bad, just awkward and not very compatible with the first two. Probably because it was made about 15 years after the second Godfather. Nonetheless, the first two films are enough for me to score this a five. The blu-ray transfer is ok. Its a huge improvement over the previous dvd releases, and as one of the reviews before me stated, it is meant to have that vintage look to it. I would recommend this to all, even though I kind of wish I would have waited until they released the films seperately so I could avoid the third installment; which I myself like to pretend never happened.

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