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The Godfather [VHS]

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Language: English, Italian, Latin
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Francis Ford Coppola directs and co-writes this epic crime drama based on the novel by Mario Puzo. In late 1940s New York, Mafia 'Godfather' Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) gathers his three sons around him for daughter Connie (Talia Shire)'s wedding; the hot-headed Sonny (James Caan), ineffectual Fredo (John Cazale) and war hero Michael (Al Pacino), who chooses to distance himself from the family 'business'. When Vito is shot and wounded for refusing to sanction a rival family's heroin sales on his territory, Sonny temporarily takes over and embarks on bloody gang warfare. This results in him being killed in an ambush, and Michael finds himself nominated to succeed the ailing Vito. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando and Best Adapted Screenplay, and was followed by two sequels.


Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nannosthermos on 11 Feb. 2013
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Slipcover in original pressing

Region free

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 26Mbps), The Godfather looks better than I ever thought possible. The restoration efforts by Robert Harris and the MPI group are nothing short of amazing, especially when you consider the exhaustive effort they put into tracking down negatives with the least damage. One of the highlights on the boxed set of the complete collection is an informative documentary by Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Harris (restoration expert), and Gordon Willis (cinematographer), covering the restoration process in detail. Those of you who never viewed The Godfather during the days of VHS or any other point during the past 38 years should take the opportunity to witness the level of effort required to restore the film.

Now that we have that out of the way, I should make it abundantly clear this is an exquisite restoration that pays homage to the original intent of the filmmakers. It's not meant as demo-worthy material for your new HD display, and may seem off-putting to newcomers of the film. The original layers of grain are left intact, skin tones vary in shade from scene to scene, and there are abrupt reductions in fine object detail.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Veronica VINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
You can't help but come to watch the Godfather with a lot of preconceptions. It was always a film I just never got around to watching, but when I saw it was Number 1 in the Internet Movie Database Chart of greatest ever films I just had to watch it. Now I've seen it, I don't know if I'd call it the greatest ever, but it is certainly a dazzling film that stands up to repeated viewings and has quality stamped all over it from beginning to end. I never realised how big an impact the film had, for example, I didn't realise that 'swim with the fishes' and 'I'll make him an offer he can't refuse' came from the Godfather.

All of the acting performances are great. Al Pacino really surprised me with his charismatic performance as Michael Corleone, the man who changes from a war hero not involved in the family business to a man at the very heart of his crime family. By the end of the film I literally could not drag my eyes away from him, he has such a strong and powerful presence, which is amazing considering that I didn't think he was the most imposing of men at first glance. There is something inevitable about Michael's transformation, and to me it was his own decision - what he does, he does willingly, with his eyes wide open to the consequences. Perhaps that is the most chilling - and tragic - thing of all about this film.

Marlon Brando was also great as Don Vito Corleone. He gives truly a unique performance and somehow manages to make his whole face, body, voice and general demeanour take on the persona of his character - something that, unfortunately, few actors achieve. As I said, all the performances were great, but I just have to mention Robert Duvall, who plays Tom Hagen, the Don's adopted son and right hand man, with a seriousness and depth that was very impressive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
After finishing Robert De Niro's new biography, I had great impetus to re-view some of his films. Godfather Part II was offered to De Niro to play Vito Corleone, a superb performance, all spoken in a soft Sicilian tone. He won the Academy Award for this performance.

However, the performance by Al Pacino as Vito 's son, Michael, is mesmerizing. Why he did not win an award for this performance I have no idea. The story of Godfather Part II is about the opening chapters in Don Vito's life. His family is killed by a Mafia don in Sicily, he comes to America at early age, he grows up , and moves into a career of crime.

The story, of Don Vito's younger days is but a small part if this film. The director, Coppola, devotes the rest to Michael Corleone, who has taken over the family's business after his father's death. He has consolidated operations in Nevada, and wants to expand in Florida and Cuba. Michael is played, again and brilliantly, by Al Pacino. Robert Duvall, plays Tom Hagen, the family's lawyer; Diane Keaton as Michael's wife Kay; and John Cazale as the weak older brother Fredo. These are such superb performances in all aspects. The music sweeps us up, and who could forget the music. Whenever you hear those opening chords, the Godfather comes to mind. A brilliant, brilliant film. It is so much better the third time.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-17-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ray dorrity on 29 July 2007
Format: DVD
I can remember waiting in the rain to get in to see this movie in 1972, and I can remember coming out stunned by it.
It's brilliant.

Absolutely flawless.

However, it's only marginally better than "Godfather II" ("Godfather III is rubbish!)
Buy both I & II and enjoy.
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