The Godfather Collection DVD Review

October 19, 2008

ChattahBox The Godfather Collection DVD ReviewThe Godfather Collection

DVD Review
Publisher: Paramount Home Entertainment
Street Date: 9/23/08
Price: $72.99
US Rating: R

Celebrating one of the greatest films in American history could not have been done with more class and respect.  I mean after all that’s what The Godfather demands right…respect?

This fives disc set containing all three Godfather films having been digitally restored in both sight and sound is fantastic and well worth the money.  The first three discs contain each movie in it’s entirety and the last two contain all of the Bonus Material.  That’s right two entire DVDs of just Bonus Features on the film.  Having taken the last week on my day job just to watch all of this stuff (by the way I am still not done) this five disc set captures everything you as a fan of the trilogy would hope for.

The first disc contains the original Godfather movie starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as Don Corleone and Michael Corleone the head of the family and his youngest son.  To begin the film we are introduced to the Godfather as he is celebrating the wedding of his daughter.  While celebrating he is also working, what good Don ever stops working right?  Even on the day of their daughter’s wedding…yep all the great lines are there to relive over and over again.  Eventually through the rise and fall of the Corleone family and his brothers Michael takes over as head of the family.  It is this rise to power and the events that follow that are documented in the next films.  Along with the film itself is a commentary about the film from the director of the masterpieces Francis Ford Coppola.  Which is intriguing to listen to even if you have seen the film a hundred times.

The second and third discs contain the two sequels as well as commentary as we witness Michael Corleone’s run as Don of the Corleone family.  Though it is important to note that while this is sometimes referred to as a gangster movie it is more than that.  It is a drama, the emotions are palpable and you get swept up into this world, sometimes so much so that you have to look back over your shoulder to make sure you won’t be the next one to be sleeping with the fishes!

The bonus features contained on the 4th and 5th discs contain everything you ever wanted to know and then some about one of the greatest trilogies ever made.  The discs contain the making of features and additional scenes left out of the films.  There are sections that detail the locations of the filming and a great look at the Godfather family tree if you had trouble keeping up.  The Godfather on the red carpet is a look at how successful these films have been when it comes to winning awards, which are plentiful.  Emotional Rescue Revealing the Godfather was in my opinion the best part of the bonus features between this featurette and The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t we get a peak into the world of the filmmakers, one we as the audience don’t always get to see.  How the business of the film world can really interfere with art, and vice versa.  Also how the writers of the film can create a world so believable we can get swept up into it.

All in all this new collector’s edition of the Godfather trilogy is a must have for all fans of the film and the legacy that is The Godfather.

Film: 9.0

Audio: 8.0

Video:8.0

Bonus Material: 8.0

Overall: 8.7

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