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The Godfather - A Novel for DVD


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#1 of 50 Ryan_M_M

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Posted February 15 2002 - 06:18 AM

I was watching over some old TV episodes of the Godfather: A Novel for Televsion and wonder will Paramount release the Godfather in this format within the next few years? Doing some research over the net, I found this TV version (which was toned for language and violence) does contain more footage than the 1981 Epic release on video, but the 1992 trilogy release has the same extra footage, plus the violence, with no alterations to the language. Feedback?
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#2 of 50 Dave H

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Posted February 15 2002 - 06:29 AM

Do the current Godfather DVDs contain ALL the extra footage in the deleted scenes section?

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Posted February 15 2002 - 07:22 AM

the current GOdfather DVD does in fact have all of the Godfather "TV" footage. This version had better never come out separately on DVD. It ruins Godfather Part II.
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#4 of 50 Bill GrandPre

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Posted February 15 2002 - 07:29 AM

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the current GOdfather DVD does in fact have all of the Godfather "TV" footage. This version had better never come out separately on DVD. It ruins Godfather Part II.


I couldn't agree more. The thing that cracks me up is when the people who prefer the chronological order of "The Complete Novel For Television" claim that it's the way Mario Puzo intended when the young Vito stuff in the novel comes later in the book. Posted Image "The Godfather" was never intended to be told in strict chronological order, and doing so totally ruins the parallel of Vito's rise and Michael's fall in "Part II".
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#5 of 50 Ken_McAlinden

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Posted February 15 2002 - 07:29 AM

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It ruins Godfather Part II.
Not IMHO. Godfather Part II is still great whether or not the novel/saga/whatever is released separately. There is an interesting dramatic effect looking at the parallels between Vito and Michael over an extended chronological arc inclusive of the GF1 material. Obviously, the intercutting in GF2 is very effective as well. I like both for different reasons.

Of course, the merits of either version are independent of the question of availability, so I'll stop polluting the thread now. Posted Image

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#6 of 50 Ryan_M_M

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Posted February 15 2002 - 07:47 AM

I am extremely doubful that the DVD contains all the extra footage. I am sure someone in this forum claimed to have seen footage missing from the DVD that appeared in one of the chronological adaptations. I for one don't prefer it to the theatrical versions since, Part 2 can appear a somewhat mess in the Tv adaptation, since Godfather II was primary to mirror Michael's life with the young vito. Still, it's good to see the extra footage put in some sort of edit.
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#7 of 50 Carlo Medina

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Posted February 15 2002 - 08:34 AM

Check out this site to see what was and wasn't on the extra scenes. Not every single scenes from The Saga / Trilogy / Novel for TV versions was on the DVDs, but most were.

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Posted February 15 2002 - 03:49 PM

Definitely check out the jgeoff.com site that's linked above. There is a good amount of information there about the different incarnations of the 3 films.

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Posted February 16 2002 - 05:46 AM

In NO WAY does the dvd GODFATHER contain all the t.v. scenes! One quick example scenes I'll give you is Michael Corleone walking his dog in the early morning along his Nevada home. And there are more but too many to write about.
I'v watched GODFATHER on t.v. in the 70's and all the VHS,Laserdiscs versions thru the years so I know about the scenes. One of the main reason's I was disapointed in the dvd. So sooner or later they are going to put out the epic and it'll be another $50 plus for the consumer to spend on the same movie. They should have released each film alone as is it was released at the theater and have also the Epic Novel as a Boxset gift collecters Edition for $75.

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Posted February 16 2002 - 06:56 AM

Seeing as the Trilogy was just released, I wouldn't expect the "Epic Novel" for a few years, as most consumers wouldn't buy it again. I know I wouldn't.

I'm sure many people want it, but how many would shell out another $50-$75 for it? Clearly, too, the OT is Coppola's preferred vision, since he brought that out first, and anyway, that's the version that won all the Oscars.

I think the right decision was made in bringing out the OT as the Collector's Box Set. Bring out a lesser edition of the edited version later, maybe, and at a much lower price point.
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Posted February 16 2002 - 08:31 AM

For the record, I WOULD NEVER EVER BUY THE GODFATHER FILMS IN SOME BASTARDIZED TV VERSION. Godfather 1 is one of the best movies ever made and Part 2 is great for the parallel stories. All these TV ones, Godfather Saga and THE Complete Novel, just aren't right. If I wanted a novel, I'd read a book.
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Posted February 16 2002 - 02:41 PM

I would be surprised of the Godfather Saga/Trilogy with all of the added footage incorporated doesn't see the light of day on DVD. I'm sure there are many fans of this fine trilogy who would buy another version on DVD. Just check out some of the prices that the LDs are going for on eBay (the ones with additional footage incorporated).

Paramount did the right thing by releasing the theatrical versions of the films first. I remember fellow HTF'er Ken Seeber posing the following question--how could you not want two of the best films ever made?

I'm very happy with The Godfather Trilogy. As big of a Star Wars fan as I am, I wanted the GF Trilogy on DVD much more than Star Wars.

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Posted March 13 2006 - 06:03 AM

Reviving this thread because I'm curious to know if anyone has heard rumors to release the enlongated Godfather on DVD.

Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Copolla endorsed the mini-series / Novel For Television / Saga that assembled the first two films in chronological order with additional footage that didn't make the theatrical release. A vhs and laser disc version of same re-instated violence that had been cut for the tv airing. Copolla himself made the assembly and insured that it was done right. The mini-series / Novel For Television / Saga is every bit as much his statement as the feature films.

The mini-series / Novel For Television / Saga was different, but no less fascinating than the feature films. There is a shift in emphasis. Some things are lost, but other things are gained. It's another way to enjoy The Godfather.

Has anyone heard rumblings at Paramount to release the Saga version on DVD? I for one would welcome it.

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Posted March 13 2006 - 09:19 AM

i would buy it.

i just missed getting a laser version near it's end.

i would still watch the ot version too.
but i do like the saga.
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Posted March 13 2006 - 09:29 AM

I would buy it out of sheer curiosity & would love to see all the TV scenes. Also, as a film student I would be very interested in seeing how the re-edit would alter the films.

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Posted March 14 2006 - 01:23 AM

I love the "saga" version as well. As someone stated earlier, it has a different emphasis. It plays differently and I enjoy it very much. I would buy it if it sees the light of day. The extra scenes punch up the drama and add insight to the characters, much like the extended versions of LOTR.

The "Novel for TV" version is a bit muddled, though. I wouldn't buy that.
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Posted March 14 2006 - 02:06 AM

Another not included extra scene used during the credits for the TV version is when Kay is in church lighting a candle for Michael's soul, a bit from the original book.
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Posted March 14 2006 - 02:34 AM

i think the saga and novel are the same just a different name?
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Posted March 14 2006 - 04:23 AM

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Huh? Could that possibly be a Corleone curse as to why the "saga" has never been issued on DVD? Or perhaps you could provide an English translation?

Seriously, I think Coppola should come out with the "saga" on DVD as a curio.

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Posted March 14 2006 - 08:49 AM

The Saga is a recut of Parts 1 and 2 in chronological order with additional scenes. The Novel for TV has even more scenes but it's heavily edited for language and violence.
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