VIDEO and AUDIOThe biggest bummer about The Godfather Part II's first DVD release was that the movie was spread across two discs. That was corrected by 2008 when the film got a newly-authored DVD and its first Blu-ray. Nine years later, that Blu-ray is the same one you'll find here sporting what is billed The Coppola Restoration. It is a substantial effort, which gets this cinematic milestone looking just the way its maker wanted it to. Of course, the biggest difference between the DVD and the Blu-ray is resolution. The DVD was practically perfect by standard definition standards. The Blu-ray offers the same thing only with a significant number of additional lines of resolution. Is there room for improvement within Blu-ray Perhaps, but not really enough to wonder why Paramount hasn't bothered to reauthor the film in the nine years since it first reached Blu-ray.The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack nicely distributes the Oscar-winning score while keeping dialogue crisp even when it is often spoken in hushed tones. Again, Italian dialogue, which this time is rather abundant, is translated by a nice-looking default secondary English subtitle track.BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGNTons of bonus features have been dug up or produced for these movies. Alas, the vast majority of them have been relegated to bonus features discs in the trilogy collections and do not make it here. All we find here on this single-disc release is an audio commentary by director/producer/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, recorded back in 2001. Here is what I said about it back in my 2008 review of the Coppola Restoration DVD collection.Acrimony is mostly absent from Coppola's Part II commentary, as he recalls the smooth experience that followed his reluctance to make a sequel. There are many fascinating revelations made here. They include: his original plan to merely produce with Martin Scorsese directing, having to rewrite the entire script in a weekend to satisfy Al Pacino, dealing with actors not returning (Frankie Pentangeli's role was essentially written for Clemenza), deletions that have been reinserted for certain TV airings, aspects gathered from his life and those of his ancestors, and his one condition that Paramount most objected to (the title). The menu lays a little bit of score over one of the film's final shots, of Michael looking out at the lake as a pivotal scene I shall not spoil.The artwork of the tasteful silver and gold embossed slipcover (which devotes one spine to Pacino and the other, De Niro) is reproduced in the eco-friendly keepcase below, whose full-color disc (again unchanged from 2008) is joined by an important notice about Blu-ray Disc firmware and a double-sided ad promoting other Paramount gangster movies with similar-styled artwork and The Godfather: Family Dynasty mobile game.CLOSING THOUGHTSAnything is possible but I can't imagine anyone liking The Godfather and not also liking The Godfather Part II. Francis Ford Coppola's dark, epic follow-up does what a sequel should, building and expanding instead of simply trying to repeat what its predecessor already did well. The two films are so complementary and compelling that it's awfully tempting to pretend this early '70s pair is the entire series and that Part III was just a rumor or a non-canonical reboot. In truth, that not so beloved finale isn't that bad, except when it's being compared to two of the most perfect dramas in the history of cinema.Obviously, I recommend owning the first two Godfather movies, but I can't see much reason to opt for these standalone editions over the four-disc trilogy collection that is still in print and barely costs more.Buy The Godfather Part II from Amazon.com:Blu-ray / DVD / Instant Video / Trilogy Blu-ray / Trilogy DVD
Don Altobello, a New York Mafia boss and Connie's godfather, tells Michael that his partners on The Commission want in on the Immobiliare deal. Michael pays them from the sale of his Las Vegas holdings. Zasa receives nothing and, declaring Michael his enemy, storms out. Don Altobello, assuring Michael that he can diplomatically resolve the matter, leaves to speak to Zasa. Moments later, a helicopter hovers outside the conference room and opens fire. Most of the bosses are killed, but Michael, Vincent, and Michael's bodyguard, Al Neri, escape. Michael realizes that Altobello is the traitor, and suffers a diabetic stroke. As Michael recuperates, Vincent and Mary begin a romance, while Neri and Connie give Vincent permission to retaliate against Zasa. During a street festival, Vincent kills Zasa. Michael berates Vincent for his actions and insists that Vincent end his relationship with Mary because they are first cousins and because Vincent is in organized crime.
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire reprised their roles from the first two films. According to Coppola's audio commentary on the film in The Godfather DVD Collection, Robert Duvall refused to take part unless he was paid a salary comparable to Pacino's. In 2004, on the CBS program 60 Minutes, Duvall said, \"if they paid Pacino twice what they paid me, that's fine, but not three or four times, which is what they did.\" When Duvall dropped out, Coppola rewrote the screenplay to portray Tom Hagen as having died before the story begins and created the character B. J. Harrison, played by George Hamilton, to replace the Hagen character in the story. Coppola stated that, to him, the movie feels incomplete \"without [Robert] Duvall's participation\". According to Coppola, had Duvall agreed to take part in the film, the Hagen character would have been heavily involved in running the Corleone charities. Duvall confirmed in a 2010 interview that he never regretted the decision of turning down his role.
Julia Roberts was originally cast as Mary but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Madonna wanted to play the role, but Coppola felt she was too old for the part. Rebecca Schaeffer was set to audition, but was murdered by an obsessed fan. Winona Ryder dropped out of the film at the last minute due to nervous exhaustion. Ultimately, Sofia Coppola, the director's daughter, was given the role of Michael Corleone's daughter. Her much-criticized performance resulted in her father being accused of nepotism, a charge Coppola denies in the commentary track, asserting that, in his opinion, critics, \"beginning with an article in Vanity Fair,\" were \"using [my] daughter to attack me,\" something he finds ironic in light of the film's denouement when Mary pays the ultimate price for her father's sins.
The film's soundtrack received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Score. The film's love theme, \"Promise Me You'll Remember\" (subtitled \"Love Theme from The Godfather Part III\") sung by Harry Connick, Jr., received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Song.
For the film's 1991 home video release, Coppola re-edited it, adding 9 minutes of deleted footage, for a running time of 170 minutes. This cut was initially released on VHS & Laserdisc and was advertised as the \"Final Director's Cut\". It was the only version of the film available on home video until 2020. The original theatrical cut was released on home video in 2022, exclusively as a part of The Godfather Trilogy 4K Boxset.
Ebert's colleague, Gene Siskel, also gave the film high praise and placed it tenth in his list of the ten best films of 1990. Siskel admitted that the ending was the film's weakest part, citing Al Pacino's makeup as very poor. He also said, \"[Another] problem is the casting of Sofia Coppola, who is out of her acting league here. She's supposed to be Andy Garcia's love interest but no sparks fly. He's more like her babysitter.\" In response to Ebert's defense of Coppola, Siskel said: \"I know what you're saying about her being sort of natural and not the polished bombshell, and that would've been wrong. There is one, a photographer in the picture, who takes care of that role, but at the same time, I don't think it's explained why [Vincent] really comes onto her, unless this guy is the most venal, craven guy, but look who he's playing around with. He's playing around with the Godfather's daughter.\"
Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw gave the film three out of five stars and stated, \"I'm not sure how much, if anything, Coppola's re-edit does for the film, but it's worth a watch.\" Owen Gleiberman of Variety stated, \"Here's the news and the ever-so-slight scandal: It's the same damn movie. I'm not exaggerating; it really is. The one impactful change is the new opening scene.\" Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich said, \"But when it was announced that [Coppola] had inevitably assembled a new cut of his most famous cause célèbre and re-christened it with the title he'd always wanted for the film... he wasn't trying to make it 'better' so much as he was trying to shift its place in history and reframe the picture as less the third part of a flawed trilogy than the postscript of a legendary dyad.\"
Puzo's portion of the potential sequel, dealing with the Corleone family in the early 1930s, was eventually expanded into a novel by Edward Falco and published in 2012 as The Family Corleone. Paramount sued the Puzo estate to prevent publication of the novel, prompting a counter-suit on the part of the estate, claiming breach of contract. The studio and the estate subsequently settled the suits, allowing publication of the book, but with the studio retaining rights to possible future films.
Riveting documentary about two Long Island families debating the best way to raise their deaf children. One considers a surgical procedure that promises to provide normal hearing and facilitate a normal life, while the other contends that deafness is neither a handicap nor a limitation. Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of \"identity politics\" and other sociocultural issues. In English with English subtitles 59ce067264