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This review is a comparison between Godfather’s theatrical version and a version made by Wraith that consists of two parts with additional footage incorporated.

I am a huge fun of Godfather Part 1. When I am tired, I put it on (blue ray edition) and spend time blissfully looking at the screen. However, I always had unanswered questions about storyline.
Godfather Part 2 had another problem for me. I always had a problem with two stories that developed at the same time. I found this ‘switching’ distracting.
Godfather Part 3 also had many unanswered questions for me.

Godfather with additional footage took me by great and pleasant surprise. I realized that cutting between stories of young Vito and middle-aged Michael in Part 2 of theatrical version was to establish what is called ‘rhymes of prose’ – repeats in stories that displayed reoccurring patterns in lives of two characters uniting their stories together into single pattern. I also realized that with additional footage it was no longer necessary to switch between two storylines, because extra material was able to create repeated ‘rhymes’, patterns in life of each character without need of ‘switching’. One example is to trace how idea of ‘making an offer you cannot refuse’ germinated and was established in mind of young Vito. This development (while crucial for ark of the Godfather) is missing in theatrical version.
I always loved older Vito. But now I realized that young Vito is much more multidimensional figure than older Vito. Older Vito comes across shallower and pettier than brooding and reflecting young Vito. I find now I prefer that same actor (De Niro) who played young Vito would play older Vito also.

Part that tells story of young Vito (and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes) became now a movie in its right. It reminded me of great works of Italian cinema such as ‘Leopard’.

Video and audio quality of version made with additional footage incorporated is superb.

Musicians cover songs of others (that is - record another version of original) all the time. Often their covers accede musical value of originals. Musical industry values contributions of cover musicians as high as contributions of original creators. Video industry should consider Wraith's update of Coppola's masterpiece to be on par with his original cut.

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Following on the heels of the terrific Don Vito's Opus, here we have the masterfully constructed Michael's Opus that includes the Michael portion of Godfather Part II and Godfather III. This edit is truly impressive and is the most complete version of the Godfather Part II content available. For a fan of these movies, this is a much have.

Congratulations on a another great job!

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10/10 one of the best movie edits going around

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Just like Vito’s opus this edit stands as Michael’s swan song. I know alot of people rip on part 3 but I still believe it’s an excellent finale to the Godfather trilogy. The ending always makes me emotional! Wraith effectively molds parts 2&3 together to really put an emphasis on Michael’s spiraling downfall. Did he ever truly redeem himself?

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Just amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed Michael's Opus - more than Vito's even. The final installment seemed a lot more impactful than it did as Godfather III and made a lot more sense integrated into the larger story.
The quality of the editing was phenomenal and the project was seamless.
I cannot recommend these edits enough.

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