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Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines...
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Overview

Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war hero. Having long ago rejected the family business, Michael shows up at the wedding of his sister, Connie Talia Shire, with his non-Italian girlfriend, Kay Diane Keaton, who learns for the first time about the family "business." A few months later at Christmas time, the don barely survives being shot by gunmen in the employ of a drug-trafficking rival whose request for aid from the Corleones' political connections was rejected. After saving his father from a second assassination attempt, Michael persuades his hotheaded eldest brother, Sonny James Caan, and family advisors Tom Hagen Robert Duvall and Sal Tessio Abe Vigoda that he should be the one to exact revenge on the men responsible. After murdering a corrupt police captain and the drug trafficker, Michael hides out in Sicily while a gang war erupts at home. Falling in love with a local girl, Michael marries her, but she is later slain by Corleone enemies in an attempt on Michael's life. Sonny is also butchered, having been betrayed by Connie's husband. As Michael returns home and convinces Kay to marry him, his father recovers and makes peace with his rivals, realizing that another powerful don was pulling the strings behind the narcotics endeavor that began the gang warfare. Once Michael has been groomed as the new don, he leads the family to a new era of prosperity, then launches a campaign of murderous revenge against those who once tried to wipe out the Corleones, consolidating his family's power and completing his own moral downfall. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning for Best Picture, Best Actor Marlon Brando, and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Godfather was followed by a pair of sequels.
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Special Features

Godfather World HD; The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't HD; When the Shooting Stopped HD; Emulsion Rescue Revealing the Godfather HD; The Godfather on the Red Carpet HD; Four Short Films on the Godfather HD; ; The Godfather: The original, provocative director's commentary; The Godfather Part II: The original provocative director's commentary; The Godfather Part III: The original, provocative director's commentary; Supplements: Making of The Godfather; Additional scenes; Filming locations; The Corleone family tree; The Music of The Godfather; The Godfather historical timeline; Profiles on the filmmakers; Photo galleries and storyboards
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 sequel to The Godfather is an audacious tour de force believed by many critics and movie fans to be superior to the original film -- and with good reason. Coppola resisted the urge to make a conventional sequel; instead he crafted a film with dual story lines that bookend the events of the first Godfather. In one narrative Al Pacino returns as Michael Corleone, now deeply entrenched as the leader of a Mafia “family” whose influence extends to the lavish casinos of Eisenhower-era Las Vegas. Locked in a desperate struggle with shrewd Jewish mobster Hyman Roth played brilliantly by veteran acting teacher Lee Strasberg, Michael also clashes with those closest to him, including wife Kay Diane Keaton and brother Fredo John Cazale. The alternate plot features Robert De Niro as Michael’s father, Vito -- the character played by Brando in the first movie -- who is seen as a young man coming to New York from Sicily and locking horns with a fellow countryman, the neighborhood crime boss. Coppola develops the parallel stories with equal vigor and intensity, although the showdown between Michael and Roth, quite properly, forms the film’s unforgettable climax. More atmospheric and introspective than The Godfather, Part II is less a slam-bang gangster film than a Greek tragedy in contemporary settings. Michael Corleone grapples with the consequences of his decision to lead the family “business,” sacrificing his most intimate relationships -- and even his very soul -- to the compulsive desire to retain power and destroy his enemies. With their dual-story concept, Coppola and co-writer Mario Puzo make certain we realize that Michael’s fate was, to a large extent, sealed by the choices his father made decades before. Thirty years after it was made, this extravagant, epochal sequel remains vital and gripping, and it may well be the greatest film Coppola has ever made.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Derided by some as upon its theatrical release in 1990, the second Godfather sequel has weathered the intervening years quite gracefully, and it no longer seems as contrived or overwrought as its detractors maintained. The story begins in 1979, as Michael Corleone Al Pacino again, having divested himself of his illegal operations, finds himself being honored by the Catholic Church for his various charitable contributions. Michael hopes to repair his fractured relationships with ex-wife Kay Diane Keaton and daughter Mary Sofia Coppola, daughter of writer-director Francis Ford Coppola, but he gets sucked back into the vortex of Mob mayhem thanks to the machinations of ruthless Joey Zaza Joe Mantegna, whose minions include Vincent Andy Garcia, the illegitimate son of Michael’s late brother Sonny. Also involved in the intrigue is an old Italian don played by Eli Wallach, and the film’s third act brings Michael and family to their ancestral homeland for an extended confrontation that climaxes explosively against the backdrop of a colorful ballet performance. Pacino, not unexpectedly, is magnificent as the aging Godfather -- weary, physically ill, but still very much a force to be reckoned with. Despite his cold-blooded ruthlessness, Michael has finally become a sympathetic character, and Coppola takes pains to make him a tragic protagonist whose last great triumph occurs simultaneously with his most heartbreaking defeat. Garcia, whose trademark intensity rivals Pacino’s, hasn’t got all that much to do, but he acquits himself handily and contributes several memorable moments. The film’s only weak link -- and the one mentioned by critics in review after review -- is Sofia Coppola, whose performance as Mary is hopelessly inadequate. But a single supporting character doesn’t mean all that much in a movie of such epic scope, and Part III brings the Corleone saga to an altogether satisfactory conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • UPC: 097361386447
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: 2008 Restored Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 14:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 1,484

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic and Unforgettable

    The new transfers for The Godfather Parts I and II are stunning. It really is like seeing them for the first time. All of the murky, faded colors have been restored to their original glory while still retaining the warmth of the film stock. Gordon Willis' then-controversial cinematography can finally be seen they way it was intended on these new discs. If you have the original box set, it is worth it to double dip if only for the restoration job on these two films. <BR/><BR/>Carried over from the original set are all of Francis Ford Coppola's commentary tracks for the three films. On The Godfather one, he appropriately enough, starts off by talking about the film's famous opening scene and how it was supposed to start with the wedding but a friend suggested he do something else. Coppola talks about how he organized the elaborate wedding sequence and shot it only 2-3 days! He talks about the pressure he was under by the studio and in read danger of being fired because they didn't like what he was doing. This is pretty solid track that we've come to expect from the veteran filmmaker. <BR/><BR/>Coppola's contributes another excellent commentary for The Godfather Part II. Initially, he had no interest in doing a sequel and dealing with studio bureaucracy. He suggested Martin Scorsese for the job. The studio balked at this idea and accepted all of Coppola's terms. The veteran filmmaker talks at length about the development of the Corleone family from Part I. Coppola is engaging and very articulate, delivering a top notch track that is well worth a listen for any fan of this movie. <BR/><BR/>Finally, there is Coppola's commentary for The Godfather Part III. One of the heated debates the filmmaker had with the studio was over Pacino's hair. He wanted Michael to look older and like a man in crisis, while the studio didn't want to mess with Pacino's distinctive looks. Coppola defends his casting of Sofia and feels that she delivered a "real" performance because she wasn't an actor. He also addresses the scathing criticism she received as in fact an attack on him. This is a solid track with good observations and analysis by Coppola -- better than the film itself.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best Mafia Movie of all Times!!!!!!!!!!

    The Godfather trilogy is the best movie of all time. I consider the trilogy more like 1 movie just because it is about the life of one family. That is why I believe the Godfather to be the best movie ever made in history. This movie has everything you could want in a movie. It has romance, action, humor, and much more. I think this trilogy should be in every household in America. The story is great, the actors are simply phenomenal, and the script is amazing. In fact, the Godfather is one of the most quoted films of all times ("Leave the gun, take the cannoli"). This movie is remarkable in every sense of the word. I think everyone of age should see this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good movie

    Excellent cinematography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Um, speechless!

    Classic. This movie was and is a classic. I was completely stunned into silence once the credits started rolling after the first movie finished. The acting, the story, everything was so well put together. Part two was just as fantastic. I'm telling you. Buy the collection because it will cost less than purchasing all three seperately. You'll WANT to own all three. The movie wouldn't be so much for children ages 12-under. There is violence and bloodshed. Some swearing. But nothing too over-the-top. Not only is the series fantastic, but the soundtrack. I have two copies of it. One stays in my car's stereo and the other in my stereo in my room. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best movies of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is my all time favorite movie. I got into mafia movies after I stared in aschool play about Bugsy Malone and I researched famous mafia movies and I decided to start with the Godfather. After wathching these films, I became an Al Pacino freak and I collect his movies now. The acting is all great and I love the story. I even love the third one even though everyone says that it's horrible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    Three excellent films

    The Godfather series progress through each film. The acting in each movie is exceptional. Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro....and others will help you enjoy the romanticized life style of the mafiosa lifestyle and culture in new york and other areas in america.
    I thoroughly was engrossed by the experience. Enjoy!

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    A True American Ganster Classic. I never get tired of watching

    A True American Ganster Classic. I never get tired of watching this collection. So many stars. So many famous quotes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some of the best movies out there

    Love it

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I never seen the Godfather. I bought the DVD set for my husband for Christmas. I am very pleased with how efficiant Barns and Noble was with their order and shipping procedures. Their website is very user-friendly and I recieved the package in time!

    I never seen the Godfather. I bought the DVD set for my husband for Christmas. I am very pleased with how efficiant Barns and Noble was with their order and shipping procedures. Their website is very user-friendly and I recieved the package in time!
    With out a doubt one of the best crime tv movies at their greatest. Every faily should ownthis great crime Family Series!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST HAVE for all film lovers!!

    Two of these are the greatest movies ever and the extra scenes that were cut would have been just as good in the films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PURCHASE REVIEW

    I never seen the Godfather. I bought the DVD set for my husband for Christmas. I am very pleased with how efficiant Barns and Noble was with their order and shipping procedures. Their website is very user-friendly and I recieved the package in time!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Good Movie

    A classic and a very great movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

    I recently rewatched all 3 movies back to back and it is still one of the best movies ever made.

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