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The Godfather (collectors edition DVD) - £4.04 delivered from ChoicesUK

Cheapest price I could find for this masterpiece. Use code FILM10 to get this price. Next cheapest price is £5.95 from DVD.co.uk

Description: Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Oscar winner Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Coppola paints a chilling portrait of a Sicilian family's rise and near fall from power in America, and the passage of rites from father to son. He masterfully balances the story between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, this graphic and brilliant film garnered the Oscar for Best Picture in 1972.
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One balanced Amazon review :)

http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/02/nav2/images/transp.gifhttp://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/02/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gif'...and may their first child be a masculine child', 2 Oct 2006
The Godfather is without doubt one of the greatest films ever made. It is quite simply a joy to watch and is never boring, despite its run time.

Marlon Brando delivers the now so familiar, much imitated, Mafia performances but cheeks puffed out and a croaky voice. He commands such respect and compassion and transcended the role. You cannot watch Brando in anything else without wanting to start mimicing Don Corleone. However it is Al Pacino who delivers the great performance of the film. While less celebrated and not as much a show stealer, he is better than Brando in that he changes so much during the film. He goes from the gleeming, get-your-daughter-to-marry-this-man war hero at the start to the brutal mobster at the end. The transformation is so subtle and means that the final scene with the kiss of the hand reverberates with tremendous power. Other performances are also excellent.

The script is wonderful, with many classic lines throughout the film, such as:

Luca Brasi: 'I am honoured and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter's wedding...on the day of your daughter's wedding. And may their first child be a masculine child'. n.b. Acording to legend, the actor playing Luca was actually a mobster himself, and so nervous was he at meeting Marlon Brando that he messed up his lines but Coppola left it in.

Michael Corleone: 'Now if Clemenza can figure out a way to a weapon planted there, then I kill 'em both'.

Vito Corleone: 'Calling a meeting with the heads of the five families, this war stops now'.

Finally the directing of Coppola deserves a mention. The slow build up in the beautiful dawn through the window into the window of the movie director (I won't give away what happens) nearly made me scream. The focus on Michael outside the hospital with the cigarette lighter and in the restaurant as the train goes by are so intense and of course there is the Christening, intercut with the revenge of the Corleone family, a tactic Coppola would use again in ''Bram Stoker's'' Dracula.

A magnificent film, exciting, scary, moving and thrilling, and one of the best of all time. Worthy of its reputation.

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