If you’re a self-respecting film fan, you need to have The Godfather in your collection. It doesn’t have to be your favorite movie of all time, and it’s not something you have to watch all the time. But The Godfather is an essential piece of cinema, and The Godfather: Part II is one of the greatest sequels of all time, and The Godfather: Part III is a film that exists. They all come packaged together in The Godfather Collection Blu-ray set, which features pristine audio and visual transfers along with some great special features.
The Godfather Collection is Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, so for today only you can get it for $16.99, which is 71% off the MSRP. This might be the cheapest it’s ever been, and if not, it’s damn close. Click here to go buy it.
With Black Friday approaching, Amazon has started offering some great Blu-ray deals. Here are some of the highlights:
Tons of Blu-ray under $10 including:
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In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.” Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time. These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll. Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”
Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate. Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.
While that Monopoly movie will probably never come to pass, Hasbro is continuing their practice of releasing pop culture-infused versions of everyone’s favorite real estate tycoon game. The company is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Godfather with its own iteration of Monopoly.
“Expand your family’s interests by amassing property and influence as you seek to bankrupt those around you. Buy, sell and trade the likes of Woltz International Pictures, Moe Green’s Casino, Joe’s Diner and Hyman Roth’s Home as you muscle your way to an empire. Make them an offer they can’t refuse as you vie for the Corleone Long Island Home and Corleone Lake Tahoe Estate (the prime properties traditionally occupied by Boardwalk and Park Place).”
The game tokens include a cannoli, Genco Olive Oil tin, the Don’s limo, a dead fish, a tommy gun, and my personal favorite, the horse’s head. Hit the jump to watch the unboxing video of Monopoly The Godfather Collector’s Edition and to read the full press release.
Cinemark is the coolest theater chain in the nation this week. The Godfather will play in 55 Cinemark XD auditoriums for one night only on Thursday, March 1 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 release. The press release touts that the film print is “meticulously restored using 5.1 digital surround sound and re-mastered using state-of-the-art technology.” I am very jealous of those of you located near a Cinemark XD chain. However, The Godfather: Part II—my favorite in the series—will get the same treatment on April 19. That’s enough time to plan for the 2-hour drive out to Hadley, Massachusetts.
You can check locations and showtimes at the Cinemark site. Read the press release after the jump.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Godfather Collection (The Coppola Restoration) Blu-ray for $25 (60% off). I don’t really think I need to convince you to get this box set if you don’t already have it. Even if you already own the DVD box set, the Blu-ray has a far better transfer and new special features. The Godfather movies aren’t movies for kicking back and relaxing, but they’re absolutely worth watching when you have the time to sit down and appreciate them, and this box set is the best way to do it. I’ve had this sitting on my wish list for over a year, and this was too good of a deal to pass up.
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While you’re busy counting the hours until your family leaves, be thankful that they’re not really that bad in actuality. Sure they take up a lot of space, bring ungodly smells into your house and embarrass you at every possible turn. Things could be worse. The history of cinema is full of some of the most horrid, base, and downright nasty families ever dreamed up. These families will shoot you in the back as soon as serve you a piece of pecan pie. Hit the jump and consider yourself lucky that you’re not a member of Collider’s Top 5 Worst Movie Families. If you missed any of our previous “Thankgiving Top 5″ articles, click here.
We’ve previously featured the impressive screenprint posters by artist David O’Daniel and today he’s released a new batch that’s probably going to empty your wallet a little bit. His new limited edition posters are for Seven Samurai, The Lady from Shanghai, The Godfather (parts I and II), La Dolce Vita, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I picked up O’Daniel’s Chinatown poster back in February and the image online doesn’t really do credit to the level of detail and high quality of the print. Also, the prices aren’t outrageous. Hit the jump to check out all of the new posters along with their prices and details.