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on 27 July 2017
Glad I saw the who series having recently been to Sicily.
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on 9 June 2017
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on 19 October 2016
Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal celluloid masterpiece gets the ‘full monty’ treatment here, and clocks-in at over three hours long. An elegiac masterpiece that has easily stood the test of time; the film is simply mesmerizing from start to finish. Al Pacino really makes his mark as Michael, ruthless scion of the Corleone family, whilst Robert Duvall is outstanding as his loyal-to-a-fault cousin Tommy, and Robert Niro is utterly compelling as the young Vito Corleone (played as an old man by Marlon Brando in the first Godfather movie). Diane Keaton is Michael’s repressed wife Kay, and Lee Strasberg adds theatrical weight as Hyman Roth; initially Corleone’s ally, and then his bitter enemy. With its potent mix of subtle melodrama, and raw power, the film is simply outstanding on every level.
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on 18 March 2015
They said it couldn't be done .How could Coppola even attempt to make a sequel as good as the original. In fact he went one better and made a sequel and a prequel which was even better than The Godfather.A fuller more rounded movie than the original with sublime acting from all concerned .De niro won the Oscar for supporting actor but Al Pacino ,Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg are just as good. Favourite scene- the immigrants ship pulling into New York and the first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.
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on 4 October 2006
Godfather Part II is listed as one of the few sequels to better the original. While I prefer the first one myself, Part II is a great film in its own right and one of the finest ever made, although you might not think so after a single viewing.

Like many people, I loved the first film. However, the first Part was heavily criticised by some people for glamorising the mafia. They said it humanised mobsters, and portrayed them as family men who had a warped morality rather than being amoral. So Francis Ford Coppola decided that Part II should be much darker and show more of the downsides of the life of Michael Corleone.

One ingenious idea was to focus on Michael and Vito Corleone at the same stages in their lives, and compare and contrast how they had turned out. This means we also learn the back story of Vito, from his early days in Sicily right through to his establishment of a crime family.

Going into full details of the plot would be far too time consuming but certain sections need a mention. The first would be when Michael visits Hyman Roth and explains that Frank Pentangelli was behind the failed attempt on his life. He then visits Frank Pentangelli and explains that it was Hyman Roth. The acting is so good that it is not at all clear which one he is lying to. The other great scenes would be of Vito Corleone tracking Don Fanucci before killing him, Michael's mother's funeral and the look he gives Al Neri and finally, Fredo's demise.

Some of the shots are simply breathtaking, the music is fantastic, the acting is incredible and the whole film is a treat. However, it has to be said that it needs more than one viewing. The plot is rather complex is made more troublesome by Al Pacino's acting, which is so convincing that not only does he manage to fool both Hyman Roth and Frank Pentangelli, you as the viewer cannot work out what is going on. Subsequent happenings further confuse the issue and only when going through it a second time is it clear.

Likewise the final shot is melancholic and mournful rather subtly hitting you over the head with a sledgehammer as the first film did at the end and can make it easy to miss the point of the film. The idea is that Michael is damning himself by pushing away everyone in his family, and although he may have money and power beyond his father's wildest ambitions, he does not have his father's compassion and his family is a great theme, but easily missed first time out.

All this meant that I hated the film at first. It seemed like a poor imitation of the first film but it gets so much better the second and third time around and his incredible repeat viewing quality. If you don't like it the first time, watch a second time and be amazed.

Is it as good as the first? Not quite, but close enough.
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on 25 June 2016
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart” (Michael Corleone / Al Pacino)

The Godfather. Part II got 11 Oscar nominations, and won 6 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro; Best Director: Coppola, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Coppola & Mario Puzo, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Tavoularis, Graham & Nelson, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

The film is a masterpiece!

John Cazale (Fredo), as in The Godfather (1972), didn’t get a nomination for his brilliant and unforgettable performance.

De Niro didn’t attend the Oscars.

The best: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Lee Strasberg (Hyman Roth), the cinematography (Gordon Willis, called “The Prince of Darkness”), and the music (Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

The worst: the dead that seem alive (Vito’s brother moves his arm and the dead prostitute is breathing), although it does not bother too much.
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on 20 June 2009
The Godfather: Part II [DVD] [1974]
An even more satisfying film than its much-lauded predecessor. Al Pacino is in commanding form as the head of the Corleone Mafia family, following the death of Don Vito, but he is given a run for his money in an at first confusing sub-plot from Robert De Niro, who plays Vito Corleone's character as a young man, revealing his entry into crime from his arrival in America as a peniless immigrant. There is death and bloodshed by the bucketful, directed with an unmistakable flourish by Francis Ford Coppola, who in all the three films juxstaposes the most stunning execution scenes with the calm and serenity of Church ceremonies, such as wedding, christenings and conformations. The acting is flawless, particularly from De Niro, who even beat his acting teacher, Lee Strasberg, to an Oscar; and it is impossible not to be swept along by the exhilarating twists and turns of the plot.
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on 4 June 2013
Excellent purchase; undoubtedly the best of the Godfather series made and it bettered my expectations. Superb acting and film production plus top technical quality DVD.
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on 5 August 2013
What more can be said about the first two godfather films? They are both awesome in there own ways.

I love the flashbacks in this with RDN. Awesome stuff.
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on 4 January 2017
This review only applies to two DVD version (ASIN:B0002VF57U). The movie is split across two DVDs, which allows an average bitrate of 7419kbps (the picture and a single audio option is 11GB and you can't get this on a single DVD). Beware of single DVD versions as the picture quality is poor as the bitrate is much reduced to fit. The picture and sound on this version is very good.

Having watched 'Part 1' recently, I think this is the better movie. Both the screenplay and dialogue are much better than the original. Pacino and De Niro deliver superb performances. This is one of few sequels that is better than the original.
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