Back in 1977, NBC aired a 4 night mini-series called The Godfather Saga that addressed this problem.... putting the scenes in chronological order. The film starts with young Vito as a boy in Sicily in 1902 and moves the story along seamlessly until 1959. I loved that series but was never able to find it on videotape or disc.
Well, HBO has done something very special in offering The Godfather Epic, a 7 hour version which combines Godfather and Godfather Part II--chronologically. As a bonus, there also "additional material" included in this release. I can't wait.
The Epic has already aired on HBO on Jan. 17, but is being shown again on Saturday, January 23rd at 9pm on HBO. Now, I'm not sure if it's the original version aired on NBC years ago, but on Friday night, January 29th at 9pm, HBOZ is showing The Godfather Saga. Since a 7 hour HD recording takes up a lot of hard drive space on my Tivo unit, I'll only record the Epic version. I wonder if they are much different anyway. Supposedly, Epic is remastered and re-edited with those additional scenes so perhaps the Saga is really the older, 1977 version. In my opinion, either one is a better way to watch the Godfather story told in both films.
So, here's my challenge: Set aside 424 minutes this Saturday night (or Friday, if you're Saga-inclined) and see if you can make it all the way through the showing in one sitting. I have a feeling that many of you have honed your tolerance by binge watching multiple episodes of your favorite streaming shows anyway...
Afterwards, let us know what you thought about it!
--Jerry (Sleeps with the Dishes) Finzi
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