If there was ever an offer you couldn't refuse, it's this!
J. G. Malta | Toms River, NJ USA | 06/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Home Entertainment held a press conference and street fair in Brooklyn, and yours truly was there! The exciting news, of course, was announcing the release of THE GODFATHER DVD COLLECTION on October 9, 2001! If the preview of the set is any indication, then I must say this will be the crown jewel in any DVD collection! The three films will only be released together in this set. The Godfather and The Godfather Part III will each be on one disc, and The Godfather Part II will take two discs. The first of the good news? Francis Coppola has recorded full-lenth audio commentaries for all three films! But wait, there's a fifth disc that will blow your socks off! Check this out -- the bonus disc contains 3+ hours worth of special features, including: > "The Godfather Family: A Look Inside" documentary > "Francis Coppola's Notebook", an inside look at taking the book to screen! > "On Location" with production designer Dean Tavoularis! > "The Godfather Behind The Scenes" 1971 featurette! > "The Cinematography of The Godfather"! > "The Music of The Godfather" -- two featurettes! > "Coppola and Puzo on Screenwriting"! > Storyboards from GF2 and GF3! > "The Corleone Family Tree" character and cast bios! > Academy Award® acceptance speeches! > Photo galleries with captions! > Theatrical trailers! > Filmmaker bios! > Corleone Family timeline, with real-life events mixed in! > Never-seen alternate opening of GF3! > And "all" of the extra footage found in the televised Godfather Saga! The picture quality looked fantastic -- Coppola's American Zoetrope did a wonderful job restoring the films! From what I could tell, the sound quality was perfect, and the on-screen menus looked great. And the DVD packaging looks very nice. All three films are in widescreen format with English 5.1 surround sound, French mono, and English subtitles. Perhaps the only "bad" news I heard was that there were no plans at this point to release the chronological version on DVD. Francis said that the films were meant to be seen with the flashbacks, and I tend to agree. The biggest plus of having The Godfather Trilogy or Epic on tape, or watching The Godfather Saga on TV, was all the extra footage included. Well, the bonus disc in The Godfather DVD Collection contains "all" of the extra footage, and even something we've never seen anywhere before: an alternate opening for The Godfather Part III. Francis didn't give a firm "no" though; he cited technical reasons for not being able to include all the extra footage on DVD: the different scenes are in various levels of production ("they weren't mixed and scored"), making it difficult to add them seemlessly with today's technology. Maybe, but they seemed to be okay in the boxed sets and on TV to me.Do yourself a favor and order the biggest DVD release of all time!"
Here's the scoop ...
Daniel C. Storm | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is gonna be great!! I can't wait! Amazon doesn't tell you what you're getting, so here is the scoop as I know it ...The Godfather Trilogy is ONLY going to be released as a box set! (though I suspect that down the road you will be able to buy them individually)The trilogy will run across four discs, with GODFATHER II on two discs, and all are in anamorphic widescreen with running audio commentary from Francis Ford Coppola. The fifth disc will feature 3+ hours worth of bonus material, including Coppola's notebook on adapting the Mario Puzo novel for the screen * A Documentary on the Making of the Films (73 minutes)
* Additional Scenes
* Cast Rehearsals
* Filming Locations Featurette
* Cinematography of The Godfather
* The Music of The Godfather
* The Corleone Family Tree
* The Godfather Historical Time Line
That's what I know so far!!! Good stuff huh? Well what are you waiting for? ORDER IT !!!"
Check The Paramount Disclaimer (In Very Small Print)........
Erin | Seattle, WA USA | 11/13/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"......before forking over a pretty large amount of cash (not refundable after opening the package) or like me, you will be sorely disappointed, when you discover that the Bonus Track, promising several hours of additional footage, does not play on your (possibly older model) but also NEWER DVD Player (mine is a Pioneer Elite). I thought that at first I had a defective disc, and was, after much suspicion and hassle (the stores are very fearful of bootlegging) able to exchange only the bonus disk; took it home and same problem. Then discovered, after returning to the store where I bought the DVD Player, that the Godfather DVD Collection was not made to play on "all" older or newer DVD Players (it's very selective). That is when the disclaimer, in very tiny print on the back of the disk, was discovered. In writing this, I'm hopeful that anyone considering buying this expensive set (worth the money, perhaps, IF IT ACTUALLY PLAYED, and minus Godfather 111, in my humble opinion, but that's another story) will be spared unnecessary and unwarranted time, money and huge amount of hassle by checking whether their OLDER or NEWER model DVD Player is compatible with this disk BEFORE BUYING IT. Paramount doesn't appear to care. They and anyone connected to the release of this disk ought to be ashamed of misleading consumers, and correct the situation immediately."
You're Gonna Refuse This Offer? Fagetaboutit!
Mike King | Taunton, MA United States | 12/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Godfather DVD Collection" gives the greatest movies of all time the special treatment they deserve. The Godfather Complete Epic combined the first two films into one movie, with the action taking place in chronological order. In addition, some scenes that were originally edited out were put back in. I much prefer "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" in their original versions, which is the way they appear in this DVD collection. Both movies won the Academy Award for best picture, which is an amazing achievement. In addition, "The Godfather Part III" was nominated for best picture. A partial cast list includes some of the greatest actors of all time: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire and Diane Keaton.What really sets the Godfather DVD Collection apart is the Bonus Materials disc. It includes a documentary on the making of the films, deleted scenes from all three movies, theatrical trailers and much more. I discovered a hidden bonus in a normally boring feature. In the section entitled "DVD Credits", I kept hitting next to fast forward past the extensive lists of names. After the last list, it takes you to a scene from the HBO series "The Sopranos." They're trying to watch a bootleg copy of the Godfather DVD! That's an extra surprise in a disc already packed with features."
One Sweeping Epic.
Mr. Fellini | El Paso, Texas United States | 05/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Probably the two best known trilogies in the history of cinema are the "Star Wars" trilogy and "The Godfather" trilogy. To look at all three films by Francis Ford Coppola is to look at three examples of great cinema, of great acting and composition. The first "Godfather" is a true masterpiece, full of so many characters and such a moving story. Marlon Brando is unforgettable in probably his best role. It's also a great parable on the son taking over for the father, of a bloody family tradition being passed down the generations. And the funny thing is, even the son who didn't want anything to do with the family business, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), is eventually the one who ends up commanding it. "The Godfather Part 2" is a brilliant look at both the father and son at the same age. Coppola shows us the rise of Michael as a ruthless mafia don and the ascendance of Don Vito from part 1 in the 20s as a crime boss as well. Coppola nicely balances both, and created a weird moving experience. The movie is elegantly mounted and goes out further than the first one, even takes us to Cuba where Michael flees the night of Castro's takeover. Everything from the sets, suits and music is rich. And the ending is haunting. "The Godfather Part 3" finalizes the saga as we see Michael as an old man, already tired of the violence and wants to legitimize his family. But the past is seductive, and Michael is pulled back in. This movie is rich in cinematography and music. It has a lot of style and great performances by Pacino and Andy Garcia as the trigger happy Vincent. The movie is haunting in it's own way, and exciting. It's great to watch this and connect it's threads with the other two. With part 3 "The Godfather" series ends on the right note. Every film in this collection is a masterpiece and Coppola's best work. It's an example of true cinema."