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The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray

United States
Sapphire Series Paramount Pictures | 1974 | 202 min | Rated R | Feb 02, 2010

The Godfather: Part II (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (22.64 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Epic80%
Crime80%
Period63%
77%
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The Godfather: Part II

 (1974)

The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Continuing saga of the Corleone family as they move to Nevada and make the casino business their major income source under the leadership of the increasingly paranoid and malevolent Michael, whose reign as the "Don" is juxtaposed against the parallel tale of his father's escape from Sicily as a young boy and his subsequent rise to power in New York's Lower East Side during the turn-of-the-century.

For more about The Godfather: Part II and the The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray release, see the The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Talia Shire
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

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The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 26Mbps), The Godfather, Part II demonstrates the same level of excellence we witnessed with the original. Since this is the same disc found in the original four-disc collection, there's no reason to double dip, but as many of you already know, this is visual perfection at its finest. The restoration efforts by Robert Harris and the MPI group are nothing short of amazing, especially when you consider the exhaustive global search they undertook to track down negatives with the least damage. One of the highlights on the boxed set of the complete collection is an informative documentary by Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Harris (restoration expert), and Gordon Willis (cinematographer), covering the restoration process in detail. Those of you who never saw The Godfather, Part II during the days of VHS or any other point during the past 38 years should take the opportunity to witness the level of effort required to restore the film, since it will provide a greater sense of appreciation for what you're about to see.

Getting down to the particulars of the transfer, you can expect the same level of crushing blacks, yellowed tones, and heavy film grain from the first feature. This is an intended effect by Gordon Willis, who felt the film should be shot in a manner that recreates a vintage look. As a result, the film's not meant to blow your mind with well-rendered shadow detail or a naturalistic palette. However, what it does deliver is an amazing sense of style which truly becomes The Godfather epic.

The one major difference you'll notice with the artistic design of Part 2, is a further extension of the vintage style during the flashback sequences of Vito Corleone's early days. These scenes ramp up the blown out appearance and deepen the crushing blacks, making it instantly clear when a transition back to the early 1900's occurs. Detail takes a noticeable hit as a result, but it's never troublesome in the context of the film.

I know I keep tossing around the phrase "intended appearance", but that's what this visual experience really boils down to. If you hate film grain and expect every Blu-ray release to look like Transformers, this might not be a worthy addition to your collection. However, long-time fans and film historians will have zero complaints regarding the appearance of The Godfather, Part II, since it represents a profound step in the right direction for the restoration of film classics.


The Godfather: Part II Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Delivered in TrueHD 5.1, the primary audio track is nearly as impressive as the visual presentation, though Paramount's likely faced with a small number of fans preparing to cry foul over the choice to tinker with the original mono track. Fortunately, the mono offering is still provided on the disc, but I'd wager most viewers will opt for the newly remastered lossless track. As such, I've stuck with the lossless offering for this review, and found the results immensely satisfying. Beginning with the musical score by Nino Rota (who finally won an Academy Award for The Godfather, Part II after a disqualification ruined his chances on the first film), we realize a dramatic sense of immersion and depth in the rich instrumental numbers that orchestrate the changes in emotional tone throughout the film. A mono soundtrack simply can't create the same effect as a robust (surround) musical experience, so it's that singular element where we realize the greatest gain in the transition to multi-channel audio. Other elements in the mix are also enhanced, but listening to the dialogue and surround effects, I still had a sneaking suspicion they were mostly emanating from the front sound stage. This shouldn't be seen as a disservice to the overall audio experience (given the source material), but is worth mentioning to anyone who's hoping for a jaw-dropping upgrade. Aside from the improvements in the musical department, the most profound change is in the overall richness or tone of the track. Gone are the occasional moments of hiss or dropout, dialogue rarely demonstrates a muffled quality, and intricacies in the environment of each scene are afforded more weight in the well-balanced track. When it comes to a value-added audio experience, this one ranks near the top.


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