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The Godfather Epic now streaming on HBO

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The Godfather: Part II | Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Coppola's tale of crime and family is the most mythic cinematic landmark of the past half century. It heightens Mafia…

If you’re a The Godfather fan with seven hours to spare, HBO Go and HBO Now are making a new streaming offer you can’t refuse.

HBO’s streaming services have now made The Godfather Epic — a recut combination of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II that puts the two films’ scenes into chronological order with additional material — available to users. The epic Epic aired on HBO on Jan. 17, and is now currently accessable for viewers on Now and Go.

Cut with additional scenes not included in the theatrical releases, the Epic takes the prequel scenes of Vito Corleone’s early life from Part II and places them at the start, tracing Vito’s growth (and change from Robert De Niro to Marlon Brando) and flowing into Michael Corleone’s rise in the family. The complete story clocks in on HBO’s streaming services at 424 minutes. A similarly cut TV miniseries aired on NBC in 1979.

The Godfather Epic is probably best watched by those who have already seen the films, and not as an initial exposure to Francis Ford Coppola’s two Oscar-winning films. (The Godfather Part III is not part of this cut.) But for fans interested in binge-watching the first two Godfather films in a new light, The Godfather Epic may be a good way to spend one-third of a day.