Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (2008)
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan,
Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia..
14A - 18A
time: 549 minutes
three Godfather movies look and sound unbelivably good in
this all-new edition of the Francis Ford Coppola classic series.
over 5 DVDs, The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974)
and The Godfather Part III (1990) come with more than four
hours of fascinating extra features that include original
location documentaries, cast interviews and fly-on-the-wall
segments about the behind the scenes battle between Paramount
and Coppola during the making of the first movie.
simply not a surplus moment in the gripping, violent saga
of the Corleone family, headed by Godfather Vito (Brando).
The three movies constantly cut back and forth between the
past and present showing the young Vito's escape from a family
massacre in Scicily to his arrival in New York as a young
boy and subsequent entry into crime. Eventually he heads his
own crime "Family" as a revered and feared "Don".
Paramont thought the young Coppola was giving them the required
'B' movie mafia shoot 'em up in 1972, their maverick director
fashioned a masterpiece about family honour and pride showing
why the characters did the terrible things they did.
the first few weeks of shooting, Paramount hated the rushes
and seriously contemplated firing Coppola, but eventually
performance is iconic, but it's the (at the time) inexperienced
Pacino who is mesmerizing in these movies. He lives and breathes
the character of Michael, the "good" son intended
for a life outside crime who is sucked into the famly business
after an attempt on his father's life by a rival famly. He
indeed becomes the most fearsome of all the characters.
violence is ugly, but it always serves the story, and we come
to cae about these characters over a saga that runs for more
than 9 hours.
anew as a seamless series, the set still wields a potent punch
- and the third movie now seems stronger as it wraps up loose
ends and shows the price Michael and his family pay for their
brilliant achievement - the series won 9 Oscars, including
two for best picture.
series is also available in Blu-ray.