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The Godfather - part I or part II?

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Manhunter, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. Manhunter

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    In my opinion, 'The Godfather' movies (well, the first two), are the best mafia movies about, although there are some good ones about: 'Goodfellas', 'Scarface', 'Casino', and 'Carlito's Way', to name a few.

    But which is better - part I or part II? I'm torn between the two, the first has Brando, whereas the second has De Niro (my favourite actor). And both have Pacino - enough said.

    The pro's and con's? Too many pro's to debate.

    The original has a straightforward plot, and shows how a mafia family 'works'.

    Part II has a more deeper plot, and is interwined with a prequel - a fabulous mix.

    So which is the ultimate mafia movie? I still can't decide between the two - they're both on par. What do you think?
     
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    Part II is definetly the better movie. It's a pity they saw fit to put it on 2 discs. It gave Mrs Bloke the ideal oppurtunity to give it "I'm tired. Can't we watch the rest tomorrow?"!!
     
  3. Manhunter

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    Hate it when that happens, 'I wanna go to bed,' ' Its on too long',
    'I'll watch it tomorrow'. Drives me nuts.
     
  4. enablerbro1

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    Sort of related, I remember a few years back that they showed The Godfather on the BBC I think but they edited 1 & 2 together into a more chronological order, has this version ever been released?
     
  5. Goooner

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    I think it was available on VHS (remember that ;)) years ago, don't think it's ever been released on DVD.
     
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    Yes it was relased in a VHS box set a few years ago. I had it. It also had a lot of the deleted scenes put back in to it as well which can now only be viewed as extras on the dvd box set.
     
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    Would be good if they could do a HD boxset containing that version.

    I still have a VHS player though I can't remember the last time I used it, mainly because of my LCDs handly of its SD picture.
     
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    Hi,

    "The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980" as it was known, was one chronological massive feature-length movie (running to about 8 hours uncut) for US TV, back in 1992. This variation on the first two Godfather movies, was actually re-edited by both Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo, and had new footage inserted into the creation.

    It was indeed released in the UK on VHS as a 25th Anniversary 3-VHS tape boxed-set, which I did have, but then sold ( :suicide: ) ! It woudl be nice to see this version released on DVD or Hi-Def Disc as well, but I think the chances are quite slim now.

    According to the IMDB:

    "In 1977, The Godfather Saga was broadcast as a TV miniseries; this featured The Godfather Parts I & II re-edited chronologically with much extra footage inserted throughout, but this was never released on video. Next came the 3-cassette box set video (& Laserdisc) release, in 1981, of The Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic (mistakenly titled so, but in Japan was known as The Godfather 1901-1959: The Epic). The same linear format as The Saga, The Complete Epic reportedly contains less additional scenes. Of all of the extended cuts, The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 features the greatest amount of footage absent from the theatrical versions (most of the Saga extra footage is also found here)."

    Heck, even the 5-disc version of "The Godfather Trilogy" is now being deleted, and replaced with a 4-disc release, in thinpack casing, a reddy-brown coloured box, and minus the Extras disc and booklets/postcards/posters included in the original 5-disc release. :(


    Pooch
     
  9. featherhall

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    Yes, I had the VHS boxset, and it had all the missing scenes inserted into the movies. It was a fabulous set, and I only wish it would come out like that on DVD. Or even better, on HDDVD.

    Personally speaking I prefer Part 2, as it was so much darker and DeNiro in Sicily was just heaven.

    Part 3 was a disgrace, and one that I will never watch again as long as I live.
     
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    Godfather part II is a great movie but it doesn't have Brando in it so the first Godfather is the better film.
     
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    Judging by my username, you can obviously tell that I like these films. And personally for me, I've always preffered part 1. I just think that the acting on display is sensational, and just pips part 2. Which is a great film, and probably the better one on the whole. But part 1 will always be an absolute classic.

    And as for part 3.....awful!
     

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