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The Godfather [VHS]

Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , Francis Ford Coppola    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Richard S. Castellano
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
  • Producers: Albert S. Ruddy, Gray Frederickson, Robert Evans
  • Language: English, Italian, Latin
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 25 Feb 2007
By Veronica VINE VOICE
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GODFATHER PART ONE, A RADICAL FILM 6 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
The Godfather I [DVD] [1972]Francis Ford Coppola was seen as a representative of the new generation of Hollywood film - makers and the success of the film guaranteed not only his artistic future but also improved the prospects of his contemporaries. Although it was directed by a `new' film - maker, The Godfather is essentially a traditional film: the subject matter - the world of ethnic crime - is familiar and has provided the basis for many previous films; the main thrust is a narrative one, though ranging widely in time and space; the story is told vividly and clearly; the stars are a mixture of established faces, such as Marlon Brando and Sterling Hayden, and promising newcomers - Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton. Many critics and reviewers have said that The Godfather is a radical film. This is a difficult argument to sustain, for the points the film makes about the place of crime in American Society. The intimate connections with the established representatives of law and politics, its control over legitimate enterprises, the analogies that can be made between the way crime and large corporations conduct their affairs are all familiar ones, and hardly the marks of a radical view of American Society. If anything, the film, with its admiration for a certain ideal of masculine purity based on honour, the ruthlessness, the use of violence and the maintenance of the family, is reactionary in outlook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather - Video Quality - US Single BLURAY 11 Feb 2013
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING. 5 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Amazing! lost for words in the stunning quality of this. Recreating the whole thing in blu ray makes it seem like a different film! very pleased i bought this. Good price for the product and delivery was really fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film. Great acting
Fantastic film. Great acting, great actors, great filmography, great storyline. The transfer onto Blu-ray is brilliant. Nothing more to say.
Published 18 days ago by Azrael
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Of The Praise
As a latecomer to ‘The Godfather’, I was surprised that on my first ever viewing of this film that I had seen about 50% of it already via many TV and film spoofs and homages, and... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. C. Gelderd
5.0 out of 5 stars Altogether superior to the Sopranos?
Another movie with Marlon Brando putting things into various orifices. Mario Puzi's epic is still a great watch though. Pity about G3.. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Space Cadet
1.0 out of 5 stars Three hours of utter tedium
Continually lauded as one of the best films ever made, it in fact amounts to little more than three hours of men sitting around talking. Read more
Published 23 days ago by RNE02
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
A very well known classic film. The story is what keeps me coming back to this.

A mafia boss' son that has managed to stay separate from the family and their dealings,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by liammofo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very few should get 5 stars
Very few films should be given 5 stars out of 5 but The Godfather truly deserves it and every bit of praise possible.

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Published 4 months ago by Mr. G. T. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Don't normally buy second hand but this was in perfect condition. I was actually surprised at how brand new it looked!
Published 6 months ago by caitmcc
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie in a great quality
The Godfather was made to be on blu-ray. I love this movie and it's an important addition to my ever growing Blu-ray collection.
Published 6 months ago by Ofer Geva
5.0 out of 5 stars The most Iconic film ever made.
Tell me a movie that is more famous than this. Tell me a movie that has had more parodies spinned off its storyline than this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Calum
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Great stuff all that one could want in a movie, Just loved it, Not one i would show to my grand children
Published 15 months ago by donlad
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