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The Godfather Gets Theatrical Rerelease, 4K Trilogy Box Set

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Along with the new restorations, the rerelease contains a ton of new bonus content, as well as some legacy content that makes its way back to the release.
  • Paramount Pictures archivists detail the incredible restoration process with archival footage showing the evolution of the film through various home entertainment incarnations as picture and audio technologies make quantum leaps over the decades.

  • Over 300 cartons of film were scrutinized to find the best possible resolution for every frame of all three films.
  • Over 4,000 hours were spent repairing film stains, tears, and other anomalies in the negatives.
  • Over 1,000 hours were spent on rigorous color correction to ensure the high dynamic range tools were respectful of the original vision of Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
  • In addition to the 5.1 audio approved by Walter Murch in 2007, the original mono tracks on he Godfather and The Godfather: Part II have been restored.
@Wraith what do you think?
 

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I’m sure it will look great…I’m sure there is nothing new either. Note the abscence of the words “original negative”.

It was already in bad shape when they did the first blu ray before the Coppola restoration…so much so that when Michael shoots McClusky, they had to use alternate takes
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for two of the shots (not the shooting shots)
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since the film element original neg was too far gone. Ironically the dvd I believe was the last time the original neg was in good enough shape for the whole movie.

70s color film stock has in some cases faired worse than 50s . KUBRICK knew this and had colour separation protection elements made on fine grain b&w to protect all his movies. He also struck archival elements for color capture samples that don’t fade (can’t recall the name.

So I’m looking forward to it, and on an 80ft screen I think will be spectacular… but I find 4k generally too harsh for home viewing on anything pre 2000s…the filmic quality starts to look video like.

So in short excited, but I won’t be upgrading the Magnum Opus…

Anyone finds new material and let us have it in 1080p, then that’s a possible…. Having watched the trailer on my TV, the colours are FAR more natural and a lot if that green hue has been pulled out…

Looks great.
What I don’t know is, is that what it looked like in the 70s? Does it matter?
Just pleased it’s nit gone the way of The Alamo!
 
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They've put a new trailer up in 4K. Even with youtube compression it's looking very nice:

 

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BREAKING NEWS

Godfather Part III THEATRICAL CUT in HD for the first time...

So that may yield some new material.

Astonishingly Paramount have confirmed the 5 disc set will have 2 discs dedicated to Part III...one with CODA and the other with the Theatrical and Director's cuts vbia seamless branching PLUS additional scenes...

Disc One: The Godfather (4K UHD)

Disc Two: The Godfather: Part II (4K UHD)

Disc Three: Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (4K UHD)

Disc Four: The Godfather, Part III Theatrical Cut and The Godfather, Part III 1991 Cut (via seamless branching) (4K UHD)


  • HDR: Dolby Vision & HDR10
  • Audio: 2007 Walter Murch-approved mix in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and 5.1 Dolby Digital, plus newly-restored Mono (for films 1 and 2)
  • Legacy Extras: Screen-specific audio commentaries by Francis Ford Coppola (from the 2001 DVD release)
  • New Extras: Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola, Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather, Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens of Photographer Steve Schapiro, The Godfather: Home Movies, Restoration Comparisons, Digital Copies of at least the films I, II, and Coda
Disc Five: Legacy Special Features (BD)

  • Additional Legacy Blu-ray and DVD Extras: The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t, Godfather World, Emulsional Rescue: Revealing The Godfather, ...when the shooting stopped, The Godfather on the Red Carpet, 4 Short Films on The Godfather (The Godfather vs. The Godfather: Part II, Cannoli, Riffing on the Riffing, and Clemenza), The Family Tree, Crime Organization Chart, Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Album, 2008 Credits, 12 Behind-the-Scenes featurettes (A Look Inside, On Location, Francis Ford Coppola’s Notebook, Music of The Godfather: Nino Rota, Music of The Godfather: Carmine Coppola, Coppola & Puzo on Screenwriting, Gordon Willis on Cinematography, Storyboards – The Godfather: Part II, Storyboards – The Godfather: Part III, The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971), Additional Scenes, Galleries, Trailers, Acclaim & Response, Additional Material, The Filmmakers

Full details, Below


Magnum Opus may yet grow a tad...and who know, maybe the "Additional Scenes"...may contain snips of HD versions of material that can be dropped in (if it is enhancing to the story)...Let's not forget, those chronological versions are OFFICIAL and were made by Coppola and not just a collection of reinstated deleted material....They had far more material than they used, so one must be respectful to the vision.

US set 5 disc, European will be 9 discs including the Blu Rays remastered.
 
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I’ve been in contact with a film restoration group known as Golden Age Classics
(Search the name on YouTube on your finest display if you wanna take a look, their best work is their restoration of One Eyed Jacks.

Anyway, I’ve been looking around for restoration artists to restore the deleted scenes to 4K so they would match the footage taken from the main films, to pull you and others back in.

These guys say they can do that, they’re a small team that charges by the hour, but I’m seriously considering saving up to finance it, just a fun little thing. For double the price they do film scanning too, but I doubt the deleted scenes are on 35mm, since they bearly took care of the bits that were kept in the film. Just a fun little project.

Nice to be back here.
 

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It was already in bad shape when they did the first blu ray before the Coppola restoration…so much so that when Michael shoots McClusky, they had to use alternate takes
EDIT
for two of the shots (not the shooting shots)
EDIT ENDS
since the film element original neg was too far gone. Ironically the dvd I believe was the last time the original neg was in good enough shape for the whole movie.
Could I have a source on this? I'm interested in what shots were different.
 
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