Great got greater.
I love blu ray dvds. They are so clear that they actually make movies, which are already awesome, better just by looking and sounding better. Sort of like love with a hot woman. If she is great already (Godfather, Shawshank, Transformers) then the experience is only enhanced, but even if she is not very good (Semi Pro, Hellboy, Terminator 3) the mere upgrade in looks can make you pay attention and appreciate much more than you normally would with a different exterior.
Well, having spent some time being lazy, in between writing and cutting carbs, I managed to watch the Godfather I and II on blu ray this week. Holy Sh*t it is fantastic. Moe Green’s bleeding eye, Senator Pat Geary’s sleaziness, Appolonia’s breasts – all in super clear picture (especially for a movie that is almost 40 years old). But in my renewed focus I noticed some things about the Godfather.
- Who the fu-k is Cunio? When Michael is rattling off the list of 5 families (I think my uncle once asked me this as well) he mentions Barzini, Tataglia, Stracci and Cunio? Who is Cunio and why did he not get any screen time or mention until he was dead. I don’t think he even gets mentioned at the meeting Don Corleone calls when Sonny is killed. How much would it suck to be cast as Cunio. “Yeah, I was in the Godfather.” Really? What part? “I was Cunio.” He is not even in the deleted scenes you lying waiter.
- The delted scenes should have all been restored. Extra fighting between Connie and Carlo. And the best – Michael has Fabrizio killed in Buffalo, NY in part II (the guy who sold him out in Italy) – it was intended as a compliment to how young Don Corleone tracked down his mother’s killer in Italy when he was grown.
- What the fu-k happened to Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino? They went from the Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of acting to the New York Knicks of acting.
- How the fu-k did Talia Shire squeeze her way into being a part of two of the biggest movie franchises of all time. Rocky Balboa’s wife and Michael Corleone’s sister. She was probably up for Karen Allen’s part in Indiana Jones and something in Lord of The Rings as well. If only she had been willing to exist nude in movies then she could have extended her career into her forties like Marisa Tomei.
- Michael Corleone’s treatment of his wife is great, in that it would make Don Draper say, “Jeesh that guy does not treat his wife right.” How great would it be if you could simply tell your wife, not to ask about your business, then tell her one time, as if it were some gift, and then not tell her a thing for the next 7 years while you kill a bunch of people and do God knows what else. That seems a far cry from the “when will you be home for dinner” arguments.
- And it has possibly my favorite quote in a movie, probably because I hope to find a woman who will allow me to write it into my wedding vows and/or wedding toast: “Just to show you I’m not all dollars and cents and a hard-hearted man – SHE WAS THE GREATEST PIECE OF ASS I EVER HAD AND I’VE HAD ‘EM ALL OVER THE WORLD!”
I have not watched Godfather III yet on blu ray because it may test my theory stated above. Sofia Coppola may actually become uglier and worse on blu ray with all the clarity.