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|The Godfather DVD Collection
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Author: Brando/pacino/de Niro
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Format: Box Set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), French (Original Language), English (Subtitled)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Running Time: 725 minutes
Number Of Items: 5
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 1.1
Dimensions (in): 7.6 x 5.5 x 1.6
Release Date: October 9, 2001
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2000
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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 is so flagrantly absent. Yet he is and always shall be known as the man who directed the Godfather films, a series that has dominated and defined their creator in a way perhaps no other director can understand. Coppola has never been able to leave them alone, whether returning after 15 years to make a trilogy of the diptych, or re-editing the first two films into chronological order for a separate video release as The Godfather Saga. The films are our very own Shakespearean cycle: they tell a tale of a vicious mobster and his extended personal and professional families (once the stuff of righteous moral comeuppance), and they dared to present themselves with an epic sweep and an unapologetically tragic tone. Murder, it turned out, was a serious business. The first film remains a towering achievement, brilliantly cast and conceived. The entry of Michael Corleone into the family business, the transition of power from his father, the ruthless dispatch of his enemies--all this is told with an assurance that is breathtaking to behold. And it turned out to be merely prologue; two years later The Godfather, Part II balanced Michael's ever-greater acquisition of power and influence during the fall of Cuba with the story of his father's own youthful rise from immigrant slums. The stakes were higher, the story's construction more elaborate, and the isolated despair at the end wholly earned. (Has there ever been a cinematic performance greater than Al Pacino's Michael, so smart and ambitious, marching through the years into what he knows is his own doom with eyes open and hungry?) The Godfather, Part III was mostly written off as an attempted cash-in, but it is a wholly worthy conclusion, less slow than autumnally patient and almost merciless in the way it brings Michael's past sins crashing down around him even as he tries to redeem himself. --Bruce Reid
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I'll Make you a Deal you Can't refuse. July 6, 2006
0 out of 2 found this review helpful
The best movie collection to date. Anyone who does not like this movie or can't respect it needs to never buy another DvD because it doesn't get better than this. These movies were truly made with taste and style that can't or won't ever be seen again. This is a great movie if you are looking to expand your collection or if you are uncertain what to get that husband or father in your life that says he doesn't want anything for his birthday AGAIN. To some folks it might seem like a slow movie but if you just sit back and pay attention rather than wishing something would just blow up every 10 seconds you would truly understand these movies and know why it is as great as everyone says.
A MUST HAVE! July 5, 2006
1 out of 3 found this review helpful
IF YOUR INTO GANGSTER OR MAFIA MOVIES THIS COLLECTION IS A MUST!
I PURCHASED THIS ITEM AS A GIFT TO MY FIANCEE AND HE WAS THRILLED WITH IT. I MEAN WITH STARS LIKE MARLON BRANDO, ROBERT DENIRO, AL PACINO AND COUNTLESS MORE, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG. THIS IS DEFINITELY A COLLECTORS ITEM THAT YOU WANT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR MOVIE LIBRARY. THE PACKAGING IS AWESOME WITH THE STARS AND DIRECTORS IMAGE ON THE FRONT. AND THE DELIVERY TIME WAS AS PROMISED. NO COMPLAINTS HERE!!!!!!
It is dark and tasteful June 26, 2006
0 out of 2 found this review helpful
I enjoyed watching these movies so much, I wish I had seen them much before then I did. Its amazing to see how the Part-III was made 18 years later the part-I was made and everything looks so continuous if watch them together.There has been much speculation on how the events in The Godfather novel written by Mario Puzo, the book the film is based on, could be an expose of true facts. Many believe that the character of Johnny Fontane , for instance, was based on Frank Sinatra's real life, and many of the other characters were modeled after real people. I won't go into that: frankly, I have no idea whether these voices are reliable, although the Frank Sinatra reference seems obviously quite believable.
The Sins of the Father become the Sins of the Son June 5, 2006
5 out of 5 found this review helpful
The Godfather by Mario Puzo is one of the best selling novels of all time, but its film adaptation, (1972) directed by the young filmmaker, Francis Coppola, set a new benchmark in epic filmmaking. What set this film apart from its contemporaries was its absolute realism and true depiction of the rise of the Sicilian mob in New York circa early twentieth century. Vito Carleone (Marlon Brando) right at the start of the film in the opening sequence at his daughter's wedding portrayed a man of few words, and the subtle presence of considerable danger.
As the undertaker requests the Godfather's help to avenge his daughter's beating, Carleone appears puzzled. He asks, "Why do you not ask for my friendship? Why have I not been invited for coffee at your home with your wife? Only now, when you need something, do you come to me? Why is this?" These people are no mere thugs. The Sicilian tribal warfare and their absolute `will to power' has been going on for a thousand years. Carleone knew that the undertaker needed his strong arm and influence. But he pulled the undertaker into his world: first demanding respect, then telling the desperate man that when he was needed for a favour, he would be there. Thus the deal was done. He was now part of the family.
Godfather Part 1 is a beautiful film and a graphic depiction of violence and the culture of the early American-Sicilian. We see the fall of Vito Carleone and the unexpected rise of his son, Michael, (Al Pacino) as he avenges the attempted assassination of his father. Michael becomes the Godfather and Part 1 brilliantly comes to a close.
Most film critics at the time of Part 2's release praised the picture and lauded its acting and skilful storytelling. Part 2 moves from preset time to the past, revealing Vito Carleone's humble beginnings, played with brutal skill by Robert DeNiro. What is interesting is the central motif of the tale is of the son becoming the father -(the fathers sins become the sons) Michael was never meant to do the family business. He was an ethical young man, obeying his father's wish by becoming a lawyer, but joining the army. (Against his wishes) Michael's transformation from an innocent to a cold-blooded Godfather is astounding.
Godfather Part 3, though nominated for seven academy awards, was a critical failure. However this writer disagrees, as the story focuses on Michael's success and his reflections about his life. He knew what he had done, including the murder of his own brother, and wanted some kind of redemption. He tries to make everything right, but he finally pays the ultimate price: the closing scenes of the film are one of the most heart wrenching and dramatic in cinematic history. Pacino should have won the Oscar that year, but again they passed him by until many years later.
The Godfather Trilogy is a collection of quality filmmaking that should be part of anyone's DVD library because the story continues to resonate and will continue to do so for a long time.
The all time best movie May 26, 2006
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
This all time best Francis Ford Coppola's movie has simply dazzled all its viewers and won their admiration. From Iraq's unseated dictator Saddam Hussain to the average American Joe, all have named this movie as their all time favorite.
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.