GODFATHER TRILOGY: DVD
A fictional epic story of how an Italian family became a powerful cog in the giant Mafia over several generations, led by the migrant Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), whose single minded business acumen and cunning tactics, strict but immoral ethics laid the groundwork. The story traces the family’s power plays, its inner turmoils, its tragedies and its relationships with the empire of the Mob in a young America.
With their greatness still being discovered and rediscovered today, The Godfather
Trilogy represents the crown jewel of filmmaking. The scorching portrait of
inter-generational power and loyalty within the infamous - but thankfully fictional -
Mafia family has the gravity of a modern day Shakespearean tragedy. Yet based on Mario
Puzo's bestseller, it's also pulp fiction of the highest kind; a trilogy everyone should
see before they die and every film fan must-own. The secret is the way it takes us into
their charmed lives, with wedding scenes and the blissful side of Don Vito Corleone's
deadly study. Scoured by dissertations and doctorates and imitated by a thousand films
since, no rock has been left unturned in analysing these American epics. Until now.
The bonus features on this immaculate 5-disc box set are almost as extraordinary as the
films themselves. The fifth disc is a whopping 215 minutes and begins with The Godfather
Family: A Look Inside, where interviews reveal everything from how the original film
almost never happened to how it almost starred Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta (!).
Coppola recounts the President of Paramount Pictures decrying "Marlon Brando would
never appear in this film," and recalls their suggestions of stars Ryan O'Neil,
Robert Redford, and even James Caan playing Michael Corleone over Coppola's insistence of
the then-unknown Al Pacino. In Francis Coppola's Godfather Workbook, we discover the
director's methodical processes; his thick notebook crammed with scripts and pages
literally torn from the book with Coppola's original scribbles.
Other segments include Coppola and Puzo on the Screenplay, Cinematography of The
Godfather, On Location (an amazing look at how the films overtook entire New York
streets), Music of The Godfather - Nino Rota (composer on many Fellini films), and The
Godfather: Behind the Scenes. There's unending footage of rehearsals, screen-tests, and
deleted scenes, the Academy Award Acceptance Speeches, and even an amusing sequence from
The Sopranos talking about the DVD itself. The Godfather Trilogy has done more to shape
public perception of the Mafia than anything else, and this revelatory box set shows us
why. The crown jewel of filmmaking has just become the crown jewel of any film library.
Shannon J. Harvey
Published October 11, 2001
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GODFATHER TRILOGY (R)
CAST: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Sofia Coppola, Andy Garcia, Bridget Fonda, George Hamilton, Eli Wallach.
DIRECTOR: Francis Ford Coppola
SCRIPT: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on Puzo's novels.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Home Ent
DVD RELEASE: October 12, 2001
RRP: $140 - $160
COLLECTOR’S GIFT SET:
Disc 1 – The Godfather Part 1
Disc2,3-The Godfather Part 2
Disc 4 – The Godfather Part 3
Disc 5 – Bonus Materials
Over 3 hours of exclusive bonus features including a documentary on the making of the
films, additional scenes, cast rehearsals, cinematography, never before seen film
locations featurette, storybords, The Music, The Corleone Family Tree, The Godfather