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The Godfather Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray] [1972]

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Albert S. Ruddy
  • Format: Box set, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region B/2 (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: 27 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 612 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E25MBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GODFATHER, THE-; GODFATHER PART II, THE-; GODFATHER PART III, THE-

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There’s been some suspicion about the way some studios have shovelled back catalogue movies onto the Blu-ray format without taking the time to genuinely enhanced the picture and sound quality of the productions to make such a format upgrade worthwhile. You can aim no such qualms at Paramount Pictures with its sublime Godfather Trilogy box set, which takes arguably cinema’s most acclaimed trilogy of films (well, the first two anyway), and gives them a useful lick of paint.

The highlight of the set, as you’d expect, remains Francis Ford Coppola’s astounding trilogy itself, a studious, gripping, cross-generational tale of the Corleone family. The first two films richly deserved their many Oscar wins, and while the third is considerably weaker, it’s still not short of many impressive moments. The Godfather Trilogy is certainly one of cinema’s most impressive achievements to date.

The Blu-ray set reflects the muted palette that director Francis Ford Coppola opted for in making the films, and inevitably contrasted with a modern day big-budget blockbuster, the visual transfer isn’t going to be listed as a 1080p poster child. Yet, in perspective, this is still an excellent transfer, offering a sizable upgrade over the DVDs and making the film look and sound better than ever before. Genuine care has clearly been taken here to balance Coppola’s original intentions with high definition media, and with a solid pack of extra features to back the films up, this is an excellent box set, and set to be a very treasured one. --Jon Foster

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By James Caldwell on 7 July 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I won't bore anyone by rehashing any of the scenes in the films. I'll simply state these things: the quality of the picture is superlative. I'm old enough to have seen these all as first-release films, and they not only look 100%, they SOUND 110% better than the originals. For collectors, this set is outrageously under-priced. The quality of the restoration is simply so good, it renders me speechless - as it seems Coppola is as well on viewing the final work.

I have the 5 disc Blade Runner restoration set. This film, however, is so deeply ingrained in the Western World's movie-going psyche, that the restoration is something which will inure itself to modern-day mythology, and the psyche concerning Italian Americans/Gangsters. It a few words, it's fiercely beautiful.

Note that Godfather 1 is in Digital Surround sound now - for the first time. It looks and sounds perfect. This is definitely a work of love for those who did it, and a supreme pleasure for me, who bought it. The technology involved promises for a revolution in the restoration of damaged classics.

Any fan of these films MUST have this set.
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159 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. M. Pugh on 22 Oct. 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 31 May 2012
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What can I say that hasn't already been said about this masterpiece. The first two films are as good as it gets in terms of storyline, characters and music. Pacino, Brando, DeNiro, Duvall, Cann, Cazale, Keaton, Strasberg are only some of a great ensemble of actors at the top of their game. The final act, although overshadowed by it's two predecessors remains a very good film in it's own right and completes the epic story of Michael Corleone very well.

The Godfather was the first blu-ray I watched and I was delighted with what I saw. 18 months on and with repeated viewings I can safely say this is one of the best blu-rays in my collection. The restoration undertaken resulted in superb video and sound. Some people have complained that there is too much grain and the image isn't sharp enough; on the contrary this is how the film was intended to look. If only all classic films could be restored with the treatment this trilogy received, film enthusiasts would much happier. The fourth disc is excellent for fans that are passionate about the series with in-depth documentaries and interviews with cast and crew.

If you owned the DVD Collection and are unsure about whether upgrading, I would highly recommend you doing so.
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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Anon Starter on 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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