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:: The Godfather Part III

The Godfather Part 3 moves the Godfather story forward several years. Michael Corleone returns and the film is noted for his famous quote, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Don Michael is the head of a very legitimate business and takes over a company led by the Vatican. But some of the other families aren't exactly happy with the way the Corleone family has treated them in the past or the new direction it's going. A small-time gangster tries to muscle in on the Corleone family’s activities and it has an unfortunate ending.

For me, this is still an excellent film despite the critics looking for ways to undermine it. It may not be the perfect way to end the saga, despite terrific acting. There isn’t the force and dynamics of the previous two films, but it is still worthy. The opera scenes are superb and Al Pacino’s performance towards the end of the film, particularly his display of emotions, is brilliant.

DVD Extras

audio commentary by writer/director Francis Ford Coppola,
animated film-themed menu screens with sound,
scene access (25 chapters),
languages: English (DD 5.1) and French (DD 2.0), subtitles: English,
Closed Captioned


As for extras, each film disc features a director's audio commentary track that blows any commentary I've heard before this away. Coppola walks us through his world with so much personality and clarity, that when I completed all the viewing, I gained even more respect for Coppola as an artist, that it matters what he does from here on end. He's a true artist and his humility and vision show that. Coppola talks on these tracks about his collaborations with various actors, writers and craftsmen, he discusses the parallels between the films and his own family, and even his future film projects. These tracks should be mandatory listening for all film fans, students and professionals.