The Godfather Collection
  50th Anniversary 4K
                  review by Bobby Blakey

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There are few films in history that are as iconic as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece The Godfather, so it comes as a surprise that Coppola was able to hit gold again with the 1974 follow up The Godfather Part II. In 1990 Coppola returned to Mario Puzo’s world for The Godfather Part III which most consider to be the weakest in the trilogy, but worked to fix that misstep with the director’s cut release The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.

 

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original film they are bringing the trilogy home once again in a brand new 4K collection. Newly restored and remastered in Dolby Vision, all three films in the landmark trilogy will be released together with HDR-10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ for the first time ever.  The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will include The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Coppola’s recently re-edited version of the final film, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.  The disc set includes legacy commentaries by Coppola, as well as access to Digital copies of The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.

The Godfather follows the aging head of a famous crime family who decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns when a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen. I hadn’t sat down and watched this film in a long time and it still holds up to perfection showcasing why it is so highly regarded in film history. There is nothing about this film that you cannot love from the betrayal and inner family turmoil, to the warring mafia all coupled with the romance and rise to power and ultimate transfer of power that all comes together brilliantly. Like most, I love everything about this film and it is a pure piece of perfect cinema.

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