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The Godfather Trilogy [VHS]

Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , Francis Ford Coppola    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)

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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
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 612 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980 Video Box Set

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148 of 159 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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70 of 76 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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96 of 105 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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117 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which language? What's in the box? 4 Aug 2009
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Soundtracks are in English, French and German for the film discs; English only for the Bonus Disc.
Film sub-titles are English, English SDH, French, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch and Turkish.
Commentary sub-titles are: English, French and German.
Bonus disc sub-titles are: Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Hungarian.

There are 4 discs enclosed, "including all three films and over four hours of supplemental materials".
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115 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 15 Aug 2007
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Disc 1 The Godfather
Disc 2 & 3 The Godfather Part II
Disc 4 The Godfather Part III
Disc 5 Bonus Materials

For those perhaps too young, and for those who just haven't had the pleasure yet, this is the film box set above all others you should own. The first two films are two of greatest films ever made. Indeed The Godfather is ranked No.1 and The Godfather II is ranked No.3 in the IMDB.com rankings as of today. Bare in mind that these films were made over 30 years ago and that is some achievement.

Part 3 is not a bad film, and by normal film standards is pretty good. However in comparison with the first two its not in the same class, and doesn't merit repeated viewings in the same way as 1 & 2.

The bonus disc contains a lot of interesting stuff:
Behind the Scenes (on location, music, screenwriting, auditions, storyboards, cinematography etc),
Additional Scenes
Family Trees
Trailers
Academy Award speeches!
Biographies.

If that doesn't convince you that you're getting good value for money, then perhaps when I tell you the total running time of all 5 discs is 710mins will (thats almost 12hours). Unlike some boxed sets the box itself is not made of thin card, and is quite sturdy - looks good on the shelf as well.

Think I'll start from the beginning again now...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be sad, cos two outta three ain't bad
Two of the greatest movies in the history of cinema, and a real dull turkey ( 3).
Published 6 hours ago by Dave Ormston
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband recommends
Bought for my husband as a replacement for his videos. He has watched it several times.
Published 2 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars a present but I think he loved
a present but I think he loved it
Published 4 days ago by Mary Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather is the best movie ever produced
The Godfather is the best movie ever produced. I have watched this trilogy more than 10 times but will never get tired of it. The extras are really revealing. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent trilogy of films, nice to have the set to re watch.
Published 8 days ago by shelley price
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new perspective of The Godfather Trilogy
Brilliant!!
Published 11 days ago by MCDdeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather trilogy
brilliant for those who love the godfather, excellent to have all the discs together if like me you are fairly new to watching the lot and keep getting lost, much to my husbands... Read more
Published 12 days ago by V. E. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have if you are in to mafia mob movies great service on time a...
a must have if you are in to mafia mob movies great service on time a great box set
Published 12 days ago by chaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice box set
Bought this as a gift for my husband who is very pleased with it.
Haven't watched all of them yet but the ones we have seem good quality play well. Read more
Published 16 days ago by G. Jayne
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