Originally released in the cinemas in the US on March 24th
1972, The Godfather became one of the world’s most cinematic
masterpieces which was based on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed
by Francis Ford Coppola.
From its success, it spawned two sequels which were as equally good
as the original and thanks to Paramount, they have re-released this
epic in a glorious Blu-ray box set that is the perfect compendium
for original fans and those who have never seen this amazing trilogy
Not only do the original three powerful stories lend themselves well
to the Blu-ray format but the video and audio quality has also been
restored for this impressive technology.
The Godfather 9.5/10
The original movie, The Godfather revolves around the Corleone
family who are connected to the world of the Mafia. The patriarch of
the family is played by brilliant by Marlon Brando whose power
reaches across all parts of America as they use their brute force to
During this time, the drug trade began in America and Don Vito
refuses to enter this business, however rival families believe that
this is a mistake and devastating series of events begins for the
family. As the war ignites between families, Don Vito’s son Michael
(Al Pacino) is drawn into this world that he vowed would never do.
Without spoiling the storyline any further, it contains one of
Hollywood’s most powerful and memorable scenes and something you
don't really want to find in bed when you awake.
Needless to say, the acting, directing and screenplay is one of the
most engaging movies ever created and saw the birth of many stars
from this movie, especially Al Pacino who is now an internationally
The Godfather: Part II 10/10
The sequel of The Godfather revolves around Michael Corleone's role
as the patriarch of the family and the rise of Vito Corleone (Robert
De Niro) in New York City.
As a similar premise to the first film, Michael Corleone is
approached by three men led by Johnny Ola (Dominic Chianese) who are
seeking a business opportunity or truce with the Corleone family.
The drama begins on an attempt on Michael’s life to which leads him
to the conclusion that there is a mole within his family as he
attempts to flesh them out.
Director Francis Ford Coppola does a brilliant job at intertwining
the story of Vito through powerful flashbacks to his rise of power
in New York City. Ironically, The Godfather II was toted as a better
movie than the original which I have to agree but both are brilliant
in their own ways.
The Godfather: Part III (9/10)
After a brief sojourn, Michael Corleone returns in The Godfather
Part III which takes place several years after the previous movie.
Michael’s family is no longer involved in petty criminal activities
and he has even created the Vito Corleone Foundation in an attempt
to increase their legitimate business ventures.
Michael even deals with the Vatican with many raising their
suspicions of such an agreement which fuels a dispute between his
brother’s son Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) and Joey Zasa (Joe
Mantegna) who runs the family business in New York City.
To compound the situation, Vincent has started a relationship with
Michael’s daughter Mary (Sofia Coppola) which causes emotions to
flare as Michael attempts to keep peace within his family and vows
to continue down the legitimate business path. The third movie is
considered the last chapter of the series and makes a fitting end to
a man’s birth, his fall and his rise.
It should be remembered that these movies were filmed several years
ago so these films cannot be compared with the latest special effect
Hollywood block busters.
However, with the blessing from Francis Ford Coppola, the
restoration of the video and audio does not take anything away from
the original presentation, however certain aspects have been
improved for the Blu-ray format.
With this in mind, this is as close one will get to the original
theatrical release in terms of video quality.
The audio of the movies have also been restored thanks to the Dolby
TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack which still sounds quite phenomenal and
hearing that Godfather theme again, still brings back memories of
this amazing masterpiece.
The Godfather Collection comes with a bonus disc of special features
plus commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola whose passion and
creation of this series is still as prevalent as it was yesterday.
The bonus disc is quite impressive and features a look at not only
The Godfather trilogy but also the history of Hollywood at the time.
The bonus disc is a wealth of information that fans and new comers
will simply enjoy and unlike some discs, they are not as dry or
At the end of the day, this is one of the most impressive Blu-ray
collections of classic Hollywood movies that even though the series
began over 36 years ago, all films still hold up well today and is a
snapshot of society at a different time.
All three movies were painstakingly restored to the original vision
of Francis Ford Coppola and apart from three gripping and amazing
movies, this set could be considered a part of movie history.
Foil-enhanced & embossed Packaging
film meticulously restored for the first
time with all-new 5.1 Digital Surround
Original, Provocative Director’s
Commentary for each film
Godfather World HD
Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't HD
The Shooting Stopped HD
Emulsional Rescue - Revealing the
Godfather on the Red Carpet HD
Short Film on the Godfather HD
and Carlo's Wedding Album
of The Godfather