Episode 129: The Godfather Part II (1974)

From the people who brought you “Max, Mike; Movies” comes “Max, Mike; Movies II: The Returning Revenge of the Origins to the Future of the Next Generation on Fury Road.” In other words, we’re starting a new series called “Leave ‘Em Wanting More” and it’s all about sequels! Sequels, sequels and more sequels.  Those things that Hollywood used to carefully consider creating but now it’s “Your movie made five dollars over it’s budget? Sequels! Lots of sequels! Must have forty sequels!” [actual transcript of meeting with Famous Hollywood Producer Who Shall Remain Imaginary].  But let’s face it: there are sequels and there are sequels.  Some sequels are shameless cash grabs, some are dictated by an adapted medium and some exist . . . for eldritch reasons beyond time and space, where if you think about it too hard your spleen will turn into a third kidney.  It happens more often than you’d think.  This week, we’re talking about one of those rarest of beasts, a sequel that many believe is actually superior to the original, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II.”  Does it surpass the original? Does it equal the original? Give a listen and see what we think.  Why do we do this? Because this is the business we have chosen.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 129: The Godfather Part II (1974)”

  1. The first two (and only) Godfather movies were cut together into one film and it was shown in limited places but also released in a special VHS set which has become legendary among fans as the best way to see the story. My brother has it and would kill to get a DVD or Bluray of it but they have never released it for some reason. I find most mafia stories a little off putting as everyone thinks Italian = Mafia which is only somewhat true. I cna see the quality in this but it’s just not a story that interests me to rewatch over and over.

    1. I can see the issue with people assuming Italian = mafia, at least during the 70s and 80s. Maybe “The Sopranos” did that, too? It never occurs to me. Even when I went to Italy, I never thought about the mafia. As to the combined VHS print, I don’t think I could sit for nearly 7 hours, even with two intermissions! I wonder, too if the differences in portrayal would be more obvious this way? Thanks for the comments, Vince!

      1. I found a good 720 p print of the 7 hours combination of 1 &2 this week! 11 gigs! It’s put in chronological order and the performances still work but I can’t imagine sitting through it all again. My brother’s bday is this week so he will get a Dropbox link and he will finally be able to see it again that way he wants. The sorpranos did not help the mafia = Italian thing for sure. I guess it’s like any other stereotype.

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