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The Godfather Collection (The Coppola Restoration) 1080p BluRay x264 DTS 5.1 + 720p BRRip AAC 5.1 x264

The Godfather Collection Blu-ray truly is a masterpiece with perfect scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray’s ever!

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5 stars

People used to say this was Frank Sinatra’s world, and the rest of us just lived in it. After watching the box set The Godfather – Coppola Restoration, one might conclude it’s actually time for a cultural and historical revision: This is the Corleone family’s world.

‘The Godfather Trilogy’ is epic filmmaking at it’s best. You get to see incredible actors portraying the intrigue, betrayal and inner machinations of mafia life from the early 20th century through three generations.

The Godfather

Among the first things many viewers will note is the heavy amount of grain over the image. Fear not, this is The Godfather as it is meant to be. Like the aforementioned Close Encounters of the Third Kind, it sets a tone and mood in the film very well, and as it is inherent to the film, and since transfer is approved by the film’s legendary director, its presence and intensity is most welcome and brings the cinematic feel of the film home. One great thing about this release is that black levels are absolutely jaw-dropping, as they should be and as is to be expected of The Godfather and its sequels. Dark, rich, and true without a hint of gray or blue or artificial brightening present, this aspect of the transfer is flawless. Cinematographer Gordon Willis, whose talent for shooting dark scenes earned him the title “The Prince of Darkness,” lends his trademark noir vision to this Blu-ray, and the film has never looked better. There are also many scenes that take place in brightly lit exteriors, including many of the film’s most memorable scenes (the entire film is one large memorable scene, truth be told), and these scenes are presented flawlessly, too. Although colors sometimes appear slightly washed out, there is no denying the meticulous attention to detail evidenced in each shot, whether we are at a traditional Italian wedding to open the picture or at a crucial scene, years later, as Don Vito Corleone and his grandson play outside. Flesh tones vary from shot to shot, seemingly due to the lighting of each individual scene, and not through any faults of the transfer. One scene, where Michael is at the hospital wondering where the police protection has disappeared to, did exhibit a number of white speckles over the image. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful presentation and longtime fans and newcomers alike will be amazed at the breadth and quality of the work done to bring it to us.

The Godfather: Part II

Among many attributes that make The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II such incredible films is the shared style between the pictures. Released only some 33 months apart, the films retain the same director and cinematographer, and although there was a change in editors, the films still work together and integrate seamlessly. As such, it is no surprise that The Godfather: Part II looks just as good, and shares the same qualities in this transfer found in the first film. No shot is wasted, no frame is not precisely filmed, and the movie’s unique look plays a major role in making this series so great, no more and no less important than the script, the acting, or the music. The wonderfully rendered black levels are back; every dark shot is a work of art all its own thanks to the magical cinematography of Gordon Willis, who lends incredible artistry and a perfect look and feel to this film. Film grain is also back, in wonderful abundance, in many scenes. Color reproduction is also, again, fantastic. The Havana sequences offer viewers a glorious array of color with every scene awash in wonderfully rendered Technicolor. The film’s flashback sequences, between Sicily and New York, which provide the backstory on young Vito Corleone, exhibit a hint of sepia tone to differentiate them from the rest of the picture, and they look remarkably good, too, and provide the only real contrast in styles between this picture and the previous. Long story short, The Godfather: Part II is an amazing visual experience on Blu-ray.

The Godfather: Part III

Spiffier and more robust, The Godfather: Part III is the “best” looking of the series, featuring the richest, truest-to-life colors, great depth, and easily the best detail of any film of the trilogy. This comment in no way belittles how wonderful the first two films look, because they look just as good as this one, but in their own unique way. Gordon Willis once again provides the wonderful cinematography to this picture, and his contribution to the entire series is as equally important to that of Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, or any other recurring cast or crew member. The exquisite black levels return for this picture, as does the series’ distinctive grainy appearance that lends itself well to not only the moods and themes of the film, but also to the incredibly deep, rich, and cinematic look of each picture. The Sicily sequences are stunning on this release. They offer an incredibly detailed, lifelike image with striking clarity in every shot. Like the rest of the series, flesh tones vary based on lighting schemes and locales, but retain a slight rosiness. The Godfather: Part III never falters on Blu-ray, and the image is just as spectacular as what we witnessed with the first two films.



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2 Responses to this entry.

1.Amin R Marcalle Farina Says:
October 21st, 2020 at 2:22 am

Thank you Sir Max for bringing this amazing trilogy into your collection.

2.maxdugan Says:
October 21st, 2020 at 6:37 am

Thank you too Amin

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