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movie review The Godfather DVD Collection
Rated R
Runtime: 11hr 5min
Starring: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, James Caan, Robert Duvall

MFG Rating: 5/5

DVD Features

Video: Widescreen enhanced and beautifully remastered. Considering the age of the film, the picture quality is amazing.

Audio: Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1. Very little, if any, use of the rears, but the soundtrack is spectacular and the use of the front sound stage is very impressive.

Extras: An entire DVD full of nothing but extras. Anything you ever wanted to know about the Godfather trilogy.

DVD QuickTake

Finally, the Godfather trilogy is available on DVD! Godfather and Godfather II are typically ranked at or near the top of any serious movie buffs alltime best movie lists, myself included. Despite the long length of these films I still watch them over and over again. The DVD collection also includes Godfather III, which is worth watching even though it lacks some of the magic of the first two films. But being realistic this collection is worth every penny even if you consider the third movie a throw away.

The entire collection is beautifully remastered onto DVD. The picture is widescreen enhanced and looks amazing considering the age of the film. And the sound was remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. I never noticed it touching my rear speakers at all, but they did an excellent job of using the front sound stage to put you in the movie. Unlike many classic films they did not simply put dialog in the center and music to the sides. You'll find subtle touchs like a fireplace crackling to the front left of the room when the fireplace in the scene is to the front left of the stage. And the music from the soundtrack which adds so much to these films is absolutely perfect.

Like extras? Well, you'll love this set. Of the 5 DVDs in the box, one is nothing but extras. It includes everything you could possibly want to know about the movies and the Corleone family. The films themselves are the theatrical releases, but deleted scenes and the additional footage shot for "The Godfather Saga" are included in the extras.

Quite simply, if you're a fan of The Godfather movies, this box set belongs in your collection.

-Billy Bob

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Gun Play
                   
The Corleone boys don't hesitate to push a button on a guy.


Blood & Gore
                   
Some of these guys die rather gruesome deaths.


Car Chases
                   
Gorgeous cars from the period, but they mostly drive 'em slow..


T&A
                   
The occasional bare tah tah..

Chuckles
                   
Hard pressed for laughs, this is serious drama..