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Blu-ray Deal of the Week: The Godfather, The Coppola Restoration Giftset (Expired)

Posted June 12, 2011 07:32 AM by Josh Katz

ParamountThrough June 18th, Amazon's Blu-ray Gold Box deal is the Academy Award-winning The Godfather Collection boxset. Paramount Home Entertainment's Blu-ray release of the iconic gangster trilogy, The Godfather Collection stars Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) as Michael Corleone, a young man who inherits the top mob boss position of "Godfather" from his father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando, Apocalypse Now).

This 4-disc Blu-ray collection is director Francis Ford Coppola's much-lauded digital restoration of his Godfather films, the third of which - 1990's The Godfather: Part III - is only available on Blu-ray through this franchise boxset.

The Godfather Collection includes commentary by Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and The Godfather: Part III, and it features a fourth Blu-ray disc filled with supplemental materials giving insight into the making of The Godfather and its sustained impact on cinematic culture.

During this week, Amazon's Deal of the Week price for The Godfather Collection is $49.99, or 60% off the standard Amazon SRP.





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lgans316
  Jun 12, 2011
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Its $30 at amazon.co.uk.

SixSpeedSamurai
  Jun 12, 2011
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They have made an offer you can refuse. You can still get it from 3rd party sellers there for less money.
August M.
  Jun 12, 2011
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Not much of a deal at that price. I got 1 and 2 for 20 bucks back in Christmas(I have no desire on owning the third part, such a bad movie.).
MPerry_2000
  Jun 12, 2011
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lol @ sixspeed. Greatness my friend.

And this set has been cheaper than this deal of the day many times before on Amazon. If you're going to "deal of the day" something, shouldn't it at least be at the cheapest price it's been offered at before? I love Amazon but I hate it when they jack the price of things up to make the newest discount look attractive.
scarface16
  Jun 12, 2011
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Alright, if you don't already own these, kill yourself, seriously.

Josh5890
  Jun 12, 2011
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I'd bite if I could get it for sub $35. Love the films but I'm tight on a budget and I still have my DVD's.

Also, Part III is better than what people say. Not nearly on the same level as the first 2, but it stands alright on it's own in my opinion.

faz09
  Jun 12, 2011
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I've been eying this set, but since I've been on a shopping spree lately and this set can be had cheaper elsewhere, I think I will pass.

Cortiz
  Jun 12, 2011
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Just yesterday I was at my local Wal-Mart and spotted this set for $44.95.......

dmarvin
  Jun 12, 2011
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Normally, the weekly box set deals are great. But if you had told me the regular price on this was $49.99, I'd have had no trouble believing that. I got the single-disc Sapphire releases of the first 2 films for $9.99 each around Black Friday last year.

The fact that this is the 3rd most popular in BD sales at this price just goes to show that some people think EVERY sale is worth getting in on.

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metamorphic
  Jun 12, 2011
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Got this from Amazon.co.uk at around $23-25 shipped, and as others have said you can get it right now for $30. The case is a lot better as well IMO.
MPerry_2000
  Jun 12, 2011
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@Josh 100% agree. Everyone always talks about the Sofia Coppola debacle, and I will concede she might not have been the best choice for the role. But I will also say that I believe Andy Garcia totally over-plays/acts the "I'm Sonny's kid and I've got his temper" part.

Putting those two things aside, I think the storyline is genius and the movie itself is superb.

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Toasterlad
  Jun 12, 2011
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Thanks for the tip, lgan316. Just ordered from the UK.
ZoetMB
  Jun 12, 2011
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I agree that the 3rd movie was not as bad as everyone makes out to be. When it came out, the cognoscenti decided to dump on Sofia Coppola because she came across as too "valley girl", but when you really think about it, what would the over-protected daughter of a very rich and powerful family be like? And I don't think that Winona Ryder would have been that much better. I personally think they should have switched roles and let Bridget Fonda play the daughter after Ryder dropped out.

One thing I didn't like about the relationship between Garcia and Coppola in the film was that they spend virtually no time together, but instantly seem to be in love.

Godfather I and II were largely "origin" stories and because they took place mostly in the past, they have a great mythic feel to them. Godfather III didn't have that, but the story actually was quite interesting because it was based on real-life events at the Vatican and Coppola cleverly worked around those events. If you're not aware of the actual events, I could see liking the film less. But the quick succession of several popes as well as questionable handling of funds and some of the murders portrayed in the film all actually happened.

And some critics also felt that Godfather III was about Coppola's own reluctance to make another Godfather movie ("Every time I'm out, they pull me back in") as well as the death of his own son (in a boating accident), so it's also interesting interpreting the film from that perspective. The film was beautifully made and IMO, it doesn't deserve all the hate that it gets, even though it's definitely not as great as GFI and GFII. It's not like the silly Jaws sequels or some of the Alien sequels where they "jumped the shark".

As for the price? Not so great. I bought it for a few dollars less years ago. Don't remember if it was from Amazon or B&N. It's funny how some movies get absurdly discounted (like the Back to the Future set, Close Encounters and Blade Runner) and others seem to remain over-priced (in comparison).

If you're interested in how intelligent films are made, Coppola's narration across all three films is brilliant. He's somewhat repetitive at times, but it's a course in filmmaking in itself, including (maybe especially) all of the related politics and associated egos. It's shocking when you find out that Paramount really just wanted a quickie, relatively low budget "B" movie to make some quick bucks playing on the popularity of the novel. And that they wanted (among others) Ryan O'Neal for the role of Michael and that they once considered Danny Thomas for the role of Vito Corleone. When you realize that, you also come to realize what garbage the first film could have been and how brilliant Coppola actually was to realize something much better.

Ray O. Blu
  Jun 12, 2011
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Great post ZoetMB

Not so great deal Amazon
TTC1984
  Jun 12, 2011
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This is a great set and an absolute must-own. But this deal of the week is laughable because you can get it cheaper elsewhere.

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Sopranogl
  Jun 12, 2011
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I bought this almost 18 months ago....
Kent2000
  Jun 12, 2011
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I bought it for $44.99 last May, when it wasn't even on sale.

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HD Goofnut
  Jun 12, 2011
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$50 for three movies? If it was $40 or less I might jump on this.
slaughinghouse
  Jun 12, 2011
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What are the fees if I order from the UK? Never ordered from Amazon.uk before.
BigEdMustapha
  Jun 12, 2011
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@slaughinghouse

I ordered mine, only payed a grand total of USD 30.36. Chose the cheaper of the shipping methods. I only hope that it does play on my PS3. I did read that blu ray is region free. Will be horrified if it turns out otherwise.

Blu-Dog
  Jun 12, 2011
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Don't throw Godfather III on the ash-heap...it's definitely uneven, but the good parts are great, and watching Eli Wallach chew the scenery is worth the price of admission alone.

atwistedclown2003
  Jun 12, 2011
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ya i just checked amazon.uk and its $30 shipped

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mport5150
  Jun 13, 2011
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Waiting for a $30 pricepoint....

theboyfrombluesea
  Jun 13, 2011
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C'mon AMAZON.........................................................!

FT-86
  Jun 13, 2011
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Im with HD Goofnut, $40 or less thats my price point.

mishal
  Jun 13, 2011
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The greatest trilogy of all time. People should own this trilogy regardless of the price out of respect.

Proghog
  Jun 13, 2011
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If you don't want to import it from amazon uk resellers on amazon.com are selling it for ~$35 with shipping.

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repete66211
  Jun 13, 2011
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Godfather III is a piece of shit. Even the studio knows it, which is why they sell the first two separately. They knew people (i.e. yours truly) wouldn't shell out a premium for anything featuring Part III. People fault Andy Garcia's overacting and Sofia Coppola not acting at all, but IMO they aren't as bad as the performances by Joe Mantegna and Talia Shire, or Eli Wallach phoning in an imitation of Lee Strasberg. I mean, George Hamilton? Bridgette Fonda? Hamfisted religious symbolism?

The Godfather III is a stain relative to Parts I and II, but it's also a crappy movie all on its own.

Cinemave
  Jun 13, 2011
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I'd have to say the Back to the Future Trilogy at $14.95 with free shipping trumps this deal.
slaughinghouse
  Jun 13, 2011
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Also, is there a problem with the audio on the UK version? I've been hearing that it differs from the US version.

jonnoble27
  Jun 13, 2011
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Wow Amazon that's such a great deal.... thanks. :s
Snake512
  Jun 13, 2011
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So essentially its $25 for two movies. Even if you're one of the 3 people in the world who likes GF III you can still get the first 2 for less.

fdm
  Jun 13, 2011
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Excellent supplement package that you won't get with the two standalones. Not that most of you would even care. Anyway, repete66211, watched #3 for the first time a year or two ago. Agree with most of what you said, it was a pretty tedious experience. But at least now I know.

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repete66211
  Jun 14, 2011
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@fdm: Good point re supplements, but given the price and even insignificant factors like the size of the box, buying the package just doesn't add up for me personally. However, as a recovering completist I can understand why someone might want the entire collection.


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