Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2008



"The Godfather Trilogy" (Blu-ray)


The Trilogy - subtitled The Coppola Restoration - is the complete set of stories that chronicle the rise of organized crime in America, focusing on an Italian family with Don Vito Corleone (Brando) as its head. Part I is actually the middle of the story, when Michael Corleone (Pacino) comes home from WW-II, and although his father Don Vito does not want Michael to become involved, there is just no way around being in the family "Business", and when Don Vito is in the hospital recovering from an assassination attempt, Michael does what he is born to do. Part II takes us back to Vito's childhood days in Italy, when his mother is murdered in front of his eyes by a local Don. He escapes to America, and begins working in an Italian grocery store. When he loses his job, he sets up his own company, destined to become one of crime and violence. In Part III, we move ahead several decades, and Don Michael would like to make his organization legitimate, in part by doing business with the Vatican. Another reason for the attachment is to seek absolution for his sins, one of which was murdering his brother years before. When he can no longer handle the pressure of what happens, he hands over the organization to his nephew.



  • Paramount
  • 1972, 1974, 1990, Rated R, 2 Hr 55 min, 3 Hr 20 min, 2 Hr 49 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad


When Part I was being filmed, some of the staff thought that Coppola was a mediocre director and that the movie would be a flop. Well, between the three movies, there were 28 Academy Award nominations and nine wins, including two Best Picture awards. Of course, Marlon Brando was already a huge star, but Part I made stars of Pacino, Caan, and Duvall. Parts I and II are two of the best films ever made, and even though Part III is not quite as impressive, the trilogy is a must-have for any movie collector.


Coppola did a fantastic job on the restoration. The image quality of even the 1972 Part I is spectacular. The sound has been redone in 5.1 surround, and is as exemplary as the image quality. Coppola's innovation in these movies was to shoot it all in available light, so interiors have plenty of menacing shadows. But, instead of looking muddy in the dark, it is just exquisite. Truly, movie making was changed forever with The Godfather.


There are several hours of extras, all worth a visit.