What’s the matter with you? Never tell anyone outside the family what you’re thinking. If your brain is going soft with all that comedy you’ve been playing, maybe it’s time to revisit one of the greatest movie drama series of all time, The Godfather. So what if it plays almost nonstop on TV, and in marathon sessions on HBO. Paramount Pictures is marking the 45th anniversary of the release of director Francis Ford Coppola’s mob masterwork with a 4-disc Blu-ray of the entire epic trilogy. But this is cosa nostra, so keep it under your fedora. It’s the Omertà Edition.
The Godfather Trilogy: Omertà Edition will be made available beginning November 7, 2017. It is a limited edition. Only 45,000 of these packages are being put together and they will be numbered, just like your days if you leave the cannoli in the backseat. The Omertà Edition will include the Coppola Restoration of The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, as well as the remastered version of The Godfather, Part III.
The limited edition sets will include commentary by Coppola on all three films, and a full disc of previously released in-depth special features. It will also contain exclusive new collectible Trivia Cards, Magnetic Poetry, an Anatomy of a Scene fold out and Quote Cards.
The Godfather is a masterpiece, one of the top three American films of all time, depending on the year, by the American Film Institute. Francis Ford Coppola adapted Mario Puzo’s best-selling family novel as an epic allegory of corporate greed. The movie has everything, weddings, funerals, births, and some of the best death scenes in cinema history. Marlon Brando, who was hired under protest by Paramount, won an Oscar for playing the patriarch of the Corleone family. It also starred Al Pacino, James Caan, and John Cazale as his sons Michael, Santino (“Sonny”), and Fredo, Robert Duval as his unofficially adopted German Irish son Tom Hagen, and Diane Keaton, who married into the family, but never got the scoop on the family business. The film was nominated for ten Academy Award nominations and won three including Best Picture of 1972.
The Godfather – Part 2 is considered an even better film than the first by some reviewers. It is the best movie sequel in history. It tells the story of the second generation of the Corleone family, with a parallel story on young Sicilian immigrant Don Vito Andolini, renamed Corleone at Ellis Island. Young Vito was played by Robert De Niro, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture of 1974.
The Godfather – Part 3 is the Final Chapter. A lot of people say they don’t like this movie. I want their names. While it may not be a classic masterpiece of cinema like the first two, it stands as a good movie. Pacino plays an older Michael Corleone who is taking the family completely legit. It also starred Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola and Joe Montegna.
The Godfather Trilogy: Omertà Edition will be available on November 7. Who are you to refuse such an offer?