**** Official review thread: HTF REVIEW: The Godfather (part of The Godfather Collection)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Godfather

    *** warning: contains spoilers
    I must give credit to Peter Bracke of DVDFILE
    for the first review of http://www.dvdfile.com/software/review/dvd-video_4/godfather_collection.html
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  2. Robert George

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    Although I am a little less excited by what I've been hearing, there is no way that I am going to pass these up. I have to admit that I am somewhat saddened that these films are in that bad of shape. But like I said, I could not pass on these in good conscience, as they are just too magnificent in cinematic storytelling.
    I envy you, Ron. What I wouldn't give to watch The Godfather for the first time all over again. [​IMG]
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  4. CRyan

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    Ahhh Man. Like I was wasn't already excited enough to have this in my collection. It will be wonderful to see these discs as intended. Now till Tuesday. Maybe I will get lucky tonight and find it early.
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    I just picked mine up this afternoon at this video store that sells DVD's up to five days before their release date. I paid $70.99 for it which is a pretty good price considering Amazon is selling it for $74.99. Unfortanately right now my Dad is watching Barry Bonds try to hit number 70 so I'll have to wait a little while until I see them.
     
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  8. Robert Crawford

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    When I got back Sunday night from the "National Meet", I couldn't wait to get up on Monday morning knowing that I will be getting a package with "The Godfather" dvd collection. Sure enough, my doorbell rang at 9:30 a.m. and showtime was on...... I took care of "The Godfather" on Monday and "The Godfather Part II" on Tuesday while listening to Coppola's commentary on both films on Wednesday. I first read the novel back in 1970 and then saw the original theatrical release of the first film in 1972. Since then I've read the book twice more and seen both films numerous times in theaters and on various video formats. Watching these great films again on dvd got me in the mood to read the book again for the fourth time. As far as the dvd presentation goes they look very good considering the condition of the film elements and how these movies were filmed. Except for certain scenes that took place in Sicily, Nevada, and Cuba, most of the look of the film was pretty grim and dark. I am very happy with the dvd presentation, however, I'm sure others will have contrary views because of high expectations and comparisons to other classic film releases on dvd. Just remember that both movies were filmed in a way to look a certain way with alot of dark scenes.
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  9. RonR

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    Having never seen any of the movies I can't wait till Tuesday!
     
  10. SteveGon

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    Darn it! I want these movies. But I'm trying to save some money. Oh heck, you know where I'll be next Tuesday... [​IMG]
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  11. bill lopez

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    Dang! So it looks like these dvd's are not going to look better than the widescreen laserdiscs from a few years ago.
     
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    The Godfather is the best gangster movie of all time. PERIOD!
    BTW Good review Ron.
     
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    Indeed, there were a lot of scenes that simply look fantastic and this makes a couple of the grainy shots and artefacts stand out. I did notice that the moments the picture didn't look so hot was mostly when a new 'chapter' was introduced (the first scenes of the wedding, the opening shot of LA as Tom Hagen goes to see Woltz, the opening shot of Sicily etc): any method in this (start of a reel or something)?
    But this is a terrific transfer and it fully captures the warm colours from the original movie. Well done, and given the wealth of material on offer this box set has risen straight to #1 on my personal dvd favourites list.
     
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    Great review, Ron.
    I have never seen these movies entirely yet. This will be another one of the many classics I will experience for the first time on DVD. With a little luck my copy of the collection will be here tomorrow (and French Connection 2-pack, which I have never seen as well).
    Can't wait [​IMG]
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    I still have my THX laserdiscs of GF1 & GF2 handy and was able to pick up the DVDs yesterday (never mind how! [​IMG]). I've only had time to sample GF1, but from that, it was evident that the DVD is a considerable improvement over the laserdisc for the obvious reasons (anamorphic enhancement, reduced chroma noise/improved stability, presence of extras). The transfers are otherwise very similar, which is generally a good thing.
    The audio sounded better to my ears than the DD tracks from the laserdisc. I had actually preferred the PCM pro-logic tracks on the laserdiscs to the DD5.1 because the DD track made the inherent flaws in the soundtrack sound even more harsh. Whether due to increased bitrate or a sweetened mix, the DD5.1 tracks on the DVD are a marked improvement. The quality of the dialog tracks is still occasionally incongruous with the quality of the music and effects tracks, but this has been the case since the first stereo re-mix for the 25th anniversary release.
    In short, Ron's assessment is on the money, the GF1 DVD is noticeably improved over the laserdisc, and the look of the film has not been drastically altered in any way.
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  20. Alex Shk

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    All of this is welcome news. The Godfather is the first DVD "box set" I have ordered, and according to my calculations, should hit my doorstep Monday. I was not expecting a visual experience on the order of "5th Element", or an aural experience along the lines of "Saving Private Ryan".
    All I want to know is - is this the best this film has looked and sounded since it's original theatrical release. If it is - I will be beyond happy.
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