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#1 of 381 Thivanka R. Perera

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Posted June 30 2008 - 12:25 AM

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than three decades after they won the Academy Award® for Best Picture, director Francis Ford Coppola's classic films The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II will once again be enjoyed by audiences as they originally were meant to be seen, thanks to a meticulous restoration by Paramount Pictures, overseen by Coppola himself. On September 23, 2008, both fully restored films will debut on DVD and Blu-ray, along with a newly remastered version of The Godfather Part III, to be included as part of The Godfather, The Coppola Restoration Collection. All three films will be available individually or in a five-DVD collection or four-disc Blu-ray collection, which are loaded with a host of all-new special features.

The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II underwent extensive frame-by-frame examination and restoration utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology in this historic preservation effort, which required more than a year to complete. Robert A. Harris of the Film Preserve supervised the restoration under the direction of Coppola and cinematographer, Gordon Willis. Harris' restoration credits include Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Vertigo and Rear Window among others.



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Posted June 30 2008 - 12:53 AM

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Posted June 30 2008 - 12:54 AM

Please do not post copyrighted articles in their entirety. Thanks.

Also, below is the link to the article regarding these Blu-ray releases in September.

Director Francis Ford Coppola's Epic Trilogy Debuts on DVD and Blu-ray in All Newly-Remastered Versions

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#4 of 381 David Wilkins

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Posted June 30 2008 - 01:18 AM

Jeez...September and October are shaping up to be a real bloodletting for my finance department; doesn't matter though, this is an offer I can't refuse.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 01:33 AM

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Posted June 30 2008 - 01:55 AM

I'm not seeing an individual blu-ray price on that press release. Does that mean that the only option on blu is the complete set?

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Posted June 30 2008 - 01:56 AM

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I'm not seeing an individual blu-ray price on that press release. Does that mean that the only option on blu is the complete set?
Yes. From The Digital Bits:
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The remastered films will also be available individually on DVD only...
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Posted June 30 2008 - 01:57 AM

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I'm not seeing an individual blu-ray price on that press release. Does that mean that the only option on blu is the complete set?
That's what it means. I expect many complaints about that issue as well as the $120 price tag in comparison to the $73 for the SD DVD that can be purchased separately for $20 each.

By the way, this is what you get for your $120 probably discounted at $90 at some etailers.

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray Collection

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray four-disc set is
presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French
5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Mono (except The
Godfather: Part III) and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and
Portuguese subtitles. The following special features are presented in high
definition as noted:


Disc 1:
-- The Godfather feature film
-- Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 2:
-- The Godfather, Part II feature film
-- Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 3:
-- The Godfather, Part III feature film
-- Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 4:
-- Godfather World (HD)
-- The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't (HD)
-- ... when the shooting stopped (HD)
-- Emulsional Rescue-Revealing The Godfather (HD)
-- The Godfather on the Red Carpet (HD)
-- Four Short Films on The Godfather
o The Godfather vs. The Godfather, Part II (HD)
o Cannoli (HD)
o Riffing on the Riffing (HD)
o Clemenza (HD)
-- The Family Tree
-- Crime Organization Chart
-- Connie and Carlo's Wedding Album

Disc 4 (cont'd):
2001 DVD Archive:
-- Behind the Scenes
o The Godfather Family: A Look Inside
o On Location
o Francis Coppola's Notebook
o The Music of the Godfather
o Coppola & Puzo on Screenwriting
o Gordon Willis on Cinematography
o Storyboards from The Godfather, Part II
o Storyboards from The Godfather, Part III
o The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971
-- The Filmmakers
o Francis Ford Coppola
o Mario Puzo
o Gordon Willis
o Dean Tavoularis
o Nino Rota
o Carmine Coppola
-- Additional Scenes
-- Acclaim & Response
-- Trailers (HD)
-- Photo Gallery
-- Rogues' Gallery

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#9 of 381 Simon Howson

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Posted June 30 2008 - 02:00 AM

The Godfather Trilogy - the first Blu-ray killer app.

I wonder how many extra players these films will help sell. It will be interesting to see if player sales spike once this set is released.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 02:18 AM

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That's what it means. I expect many complaints about that issue as well as the $120 price tag in comparison to the $73 for the SD DVD that can be purchased separately for $20 each.
Feh. We're getting 1080p, lossless sound, and HD extras at $30/disc MSRP. That's close to the MSRPs on most DVDs anyway, so I don't know what they really have to complain about. If the material listed as "HD" is exclusive to the new set (not just 1080p version of it), then they have even less reason to complain.
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By the way, this is what you get for your $120 probably discounted at $90 at some etailers.
If we use Amazon/DVD Empire's normal ~30% discount, it's actually closer to $80.
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Posted June 30 2008 - 02:22 AM

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Jeez...September and October are shaping up to be a real bloodletting for my finance department; doesn't matter though, this is an offer I can't refuse.

I'm in. Only going to be eating crackers in Q4, but I'm in.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:00 AM

Damn, I hate this "buy 'em all or nothing" crap. I'm still waiting to be able to buy only the first Matrix film.

#13 of 381 Dave H

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:10 AM

Better pray these aren't DNR'd to death folks. Seriously, Paramount has been some of the worse offenders.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:11 AM

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Damn, I hate this "buy 'em all or nothing" crap. I'm still waiting to be able to buy only the first Matrix film.

Buy the set and then sell the ones you don't want on eBay.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:25 AM

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Better pray these aren't DNR'd to death folks. Seriously, Paramount has been some of the worse offenders.

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#16 of 381 RobertR

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:30 AM

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Buy the set and then sell the ones you don't want on eBay.
I don't think that would work well....there would be a lot more sellers than buyers for "unwanted" films. I've yet to see any deals offered on individual Matrix HDDVDs.

#17 of 381 Dave H

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Posted June 30 2008 - 03:30 AM

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With our own Robert Harris involved in the remastering, I have no worries. Posted Image

Maybe Robert can chime in, but was he just involved in the actual film restoration, or also the Blu-ray process too?

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Posted June 30 2008 - 04:02 AM

That's a lot of money. Yowzer.
Death to PG-13! And now death to DVNR too!!

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Posted June 30 2008 - 04:34 AM

The BD collection is more expensive than I would have liked (it's essentially $39.99 per film) but if the quality is good, i.e. no DNR, no EE, no compression artifacts, then I'll buy it.

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Posted June 30 2008 - 04:50 AM

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Maybe Robert can chime in, but was he just involved in the actual film restoration, or also the Blu-ray process too?

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