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The Godfather 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] [1972] [Region Free]

Al Pacino , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Turkish, English
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 612 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979K9Z6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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 is the case here. 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

Product Description

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Godfather.

Limited edition numbered collector's set, only 5,000 made for the UK. Includes all three films on Blu-ray--The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, as well as the final shooting script for The Godfather (428 pages), 10 all-new collectible photo cards, Corleone family tree poster and over four hours of bonus material.

A true cultural phenomenon, The Godfather Trilogy is the benchmark for all cinematic storytelling. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family in this celebrated epic.

Collectively winning nine Academy Awards including two for Best Picture (The Godfather and The Godfather Part II), this brilliant trilogy will continue to astound audiences for generations to come.

Box dimensions: 230mm x 290mm x 98mm

The Godfather: 177 mins approx
The Godfather Part II: 200 mins approx
The Godfather Part III: 170 mins approx

Special Features:

  • The Godfather--Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Godfather Part II--Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Godfather Part III--Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • Godfather World
  • The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't
  • ...when the Shooting Stopped
  • Emulsional Rescue--Revealing the Godfather
  • The Godfather on the Red Carpet
  • Four Short Films on The Godfather
  • The Family Tree
  • Crime Organisation Chart
  • Connie and Carlo's Wedding Album
  • Easter Eggs
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Music of The Godfather
  • The Filmmakers
  • Additinal Scenes
  • Galleries
  • Acclaim and Response
  • Trailers


Customer Reviews

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152 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 22 Oct 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Everyone seems to have reviewed the Steelbook Amazon Exclusive version of this. I actually prefer this version and it is the one I bought. For one thing I feel that cramming all the discs into one small case means that it gets lost on the shelf. A substatntial box means that it has more of a presence up there, and also it's not AS big as the original 2001 release due to the slimline individual cases, which I prefer than having all discs in one case because each story gets its own front image and synopsis on the back. The combination of shiny black outer-box with blood splattering gives a very stylish finish to the collection.
My only complaint would be that the box itself is probably the least durable out of the three (ie. this one, the 2001 release and the steelbook), but not if you take good care of it.

This is probably my number one film saga. Beautiful, dark, stylish. And not only that but compared to the 2001 release you are provided with the ultimate picture & sound quality and colour giving you the ultimate film-viewing experience. Truly the films could not have been more restored than they are here, and the Supplements Disc goes into detail on how this was achieved. Also Part II is on only one disc, which avoids the need to get up half-way through to switch discs, although it's worth noting that even though it's on one disc the word 'Intermission' appears for a brief moment in between where the the two dics would have to have been swapped. Presumably that's how it was shown in the cinema.

People always slate Part III but I think that when taking the three films as an entity it serves it purpose superbly. I love all three, and take them as one story - so trying to single one out is like saying I prefer the beginning or the middle or the end of the story.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy, Well Worth It! 17 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I've owned the previous 5-Disc Set of the Godfather (2001 Release), and I can safely say that the Coppola Restoration is well worth getting, especially at this price, and even better in this limited steelbook package.

I've compared the pictures of the two sets on a Plasma, and there is a huge difference between the two, the print on this new dvd set is far better than the other, a huge differnce in the brightness of the picture, enables the viewer to see clearly and slightly more of the picture.

In addition, Part 2 is in one Disc as opposed to two, which is great, as now we don't need to change the DVD mid-way through. Instead, they've devoted the extra 5th Disc on New Bonus Features which talk about the restoration, along with the original special features, from the previous set, being on Disc 4.

This is surely a great buy at this price at the minute; even if you have the previous set - this one is still worth getting!
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DVD you can't refuse 28 Oct 2001
Format:DVD
The Godfather Trilogy is, as a whole, the best achievement in filmmaking that's ever happened.
Brilliant stories, brilliant performances (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro stand out as excellent leads) and top class cinematography coupled with great scripts make Part I and Part II so compelling to watch.
The same should be said for Part III. I don't know why people criticise it so much. Granted it's not as good as the other two, and the casting of Coppola's daughter as Mary Corleone was a stupid mistake, but as a whole I think the film is excellent, especially the climactic finale. So why people hate it so much is a mystery to me too.
As for the DVD, well the picture is vastly improved. Having seen most variations of the VHS versions, I can say that they've worked hard to improve the picture and sound for the films.
The extras are amazing. With many lengthy featurettes, well over an hour's worth of deleted scenes for the first two films (and an alternate beginning for Part III) plus more, it'll take ages to watch fully.
So, let's see - 9 hours of the best film saga ever, with a whole host of extras - this is a DVD you can't refuse.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Possibly the greatest mafia movies of all time have finally been released on DVD. They come in a stunning 5-disc box set packed full of special features that just make it even better.
For those of you haven't heard, The Godfather Trilogy is set around three generations of the Corleone family. The first film shows us the fall of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and the rise of his son Michael (Al Pacino) into mafia power. This continues into the second film with Michael's power growing and it shows that he has fully established himself as the respected and feared head of the family. The third film is mainly Michael trying to amend his wrongs so that his children can live safe and lawful lives.
All three films are very good and are already written in cinema history. Francis Ford Coppola went all out with these and they will always be the films that he is most remembered for. They were based on the novel by Mario Puzo, who was also joint scriptwriter with Coppola. Surprisingly the sequel was better then the first one, especially with the flash backs to Vito Corleone's early years with the part of Vito being played by De Niro. The weakest one out of the three was The Godfather 3 but it is still a good film and its perfect as a conclusion to the other two.
I can't think of any complaints about these films. They are well shot and even though they are all long they keep you so gripped that the time just flies by. The soundtrack is amazing and it fits in perfectly with the film. All in all it is one of the best box sets to ever be released on DVD. I own these on video and yet I'm still going to buy this...
For [the] price you get three movies and over three hours of special features including deleted scenes, commentary by Francis Ford Coppola and the music of The Godfather.
Conclusion: Buy it now! This is a must have for any DVD collection and you would be mad not to buy it.
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