Written & Edited by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link
Narrated by Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, Michael Horton
- Includes four Biography episodes: “Lucky Luciano: Chairman of the Mob,” “Meyer Lansky: Mob Tycoon,” “Genovese: Portrait of a Crime Family,” “Bugsy Siegel: Gambling on the Mob”
Released by: A&E Home Entertainment.
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Eh, don’t bother.
There’s not much I can say about this documentary. It’s very straight forward in its linear historical coverage of its subject. There’s plenty of film clips and the talking heads step up to fill in the gaps. One interesting aspect was the focus they gave to the connections between the mob in New York and the mob in Sicily. However, there is only a brief mention of Law Vegas, the City the Mob Built. Frankly trying to cover the century long history of the Mafia in ninety minutes shortchanges the subject matter.
The only extras the disc has to supplement the documentary is four Biography episodes featuring several big names in the Mafia. This helps a little but since Luciano, Lansky, and Siegel are contemporaries and worked together, these episodes have a lot of overlap. Why not include John Gotti or Al Capone?
Since there are no other special features, I really can’t recommend Godfathers Collection: The True History of the Mafia. If it happens to be on the History Channel, you might want to watch it, assuming a good rerun of Law & Order isn’t on.