Godfather Trilogy, The
The Godfather Trilogy contains all three movies based on the books of Mario Puzo and describes the rise and downfall of the Corleone family who migrated from Sicily to the United States to become one of the most powerful crime families in the world.
All three movies which are directed by Francis Ford Coppola contain a cast which is not often equalled including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro and others.
The Godfather : Marlon Brando plays Vito Corleone, a mighty and powerful man who is the head of the Corleone family and reigns a huge criminal empire without ever making his hands dirty but rather lets the actual criminal actions be done by members of his organisation. The only member of his family who does not like the actions of Vito is his son Michael (Al Pacino) who just came back from Europe where he fought as a soldier. Michael doesn’t want to have anything to do with his fathers dirty affairs, but when a war between Vito and a couple of other families starts, Michael will have to do his part to secure the family’s existence.
The Godfather II : In this part there’s actually 2 storylines. The first one is that Michael Corleone has taken the lead of the Corleone family and starts expanding his business. While doing this, he makes a lot of enemies and just merely survives an assassination attempt. He gives the lead of the family over to his half-brother while he himself starts investigating who gave the order for his death. In the second storyline we see through flashbacks a young Vito Corleone (DeNiro) who evolves from a child who’s father gets murdered in Sicily by a local godfather to the man who migrates to the United States and finally becomes one of the most influential godfathers.
The Godfather III : The last part of the Godfather-saga sees Michael trying to clean up his image of crime boss by donating lots of money to charity. His deepest wish is to quit the criminal scene and concentrate on legal affairs. When he invites all the Don’s for a meeting where he declares his retirement as Godfather, a bloody massacre is done where almost all the godfathers are killed. Michael leaves to Sicily to investigate together with his family who tried to kill him and ordered the massacre.
Sound and Vision:
All three films are shown in their original cinema format and although the original tapes may not be in perfect condition, the digital restauration for this DVD has done wonders. The image quality may not be perfect all the time but is above average. The only minor point is the edge enhancements which are viewable.
The sound of the original movies was mono (Dolby Stereo in part 3) but for the release of the DVD, it has been converted to a Dolby Digital 5.1 track with bitrate of 448kpbs. The subwoofer isn’t used much which is understandable for this genre of movie but the rest of the music and dialogues are really well-spread over the different channels.
The Godfather trilogy is sold in a beautiful black box with in total 5 DVD’s (the second movie is split onto 2 discs because of its length) and a whole bunch of extra’s are available.
Each of the movies is accompanied by commentary by the director and the other extra’s are bundled on a separate disc which contains in total over 3 hours of viewing pleasure.
Here’s a brief overview : Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola, several behind-the-scenes footage including a 73 minutes documentary with interviews with cast and crew. Also a 7 minutes feature on the locations, a 10 minutes talk with Coppola on his notebook which was more used than the original script, and an 8 minutes feature on the music score are included. Next to that there’s a couple more short features on lighting and behind-the-scenes interviews along with some storyboards.
The always present filmographies, picture gallery, trailers, additional scenes, are there aswell, just like a description on the Corleone family tree along with a couple of easter eggs.
All there is to say about The Godfather saga has been said. The movies are monuments in film history and even after all these years they’re a pleasure to watch. Combine that with the enormous amount of extras and you have no reason not to go to the shop now and buy this box.