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Paramount Pictures Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of
Francis Ford Coppola’s Cinematic Masterpiece


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Experience the Acclaimed Classic

in Theatres and on Home Entertainment Platforms



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – January 13, 2022 — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award®-winning* masterwork The Godfather, Paramount Pictures announced today that the film will have a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning February 25, 2022 exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the U.S., as well as in international territories around the world. All three films in the epic trilogy have been meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on March 22, 2022.



“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “With this 50th anniversary tribute, I’m especially proud Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is included, as it captures Mario and my original vision in definitively concluding our epic trilogy. It’s also gratifying to celebrate this milestone with Paramount alongside the wonderful fans who’ve loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time.”



Coppola’s masterful film adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family and the film trilogy is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest in cinematic history. In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the first film’s original release on March 24, 1972, Paramount and Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope undertook a painstaking restoration of all three films over the course of three years.

Every effort was made to create the finest possible presentation for today’s audiences who can watch the films using technology that has advanced dramatically since 2007 when the last restoration was completed by eminent film historian and preservationist Robert Harris. Using that work as a blueprint, the team spent thousands of hours to ensure that every frame was evaluated to create the most pristine presentation while remaining true to the original look and feel of the films.



The monumental effort included the following:

  • 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 The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II have been restored.
  • All work was overseen by Coppola.

    “We felt privileged to restore these films and a little in awe every day we worked on them,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president, Paramount Archives. “We were able to witness first-hand how the brilliant cinematography, score, production design, costume design, editing, performances, and, of course, screenwriting and direction became famously more than the sum of their parts. It was our commitment to honor all of the filmmakers’ exceptional work.”


    Newly restored and remastered in Dolby Vision, all three films in the landmark trilogy will be released together with HDR-10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ for the first time ever. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will include The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Coppola’s recently re-edited version of the final film, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The disc set includes legacy commentaries by Coppola, as well as access to Digital copies of The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.



    In addition to the widely available 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, a 4K Ultra HD Limited Collector’s Edition will also be released in deluxe packaging and includes a hardcover coffee table book featuring stunning photographs, as well as portrait art prints on archival paper. Both 4K Ultra HD sets include new bonus content including an introduction to The Godfather by Coppola, a featurette about the preservation process, photos by acclaimed photographer Steve Schapiro, home movie footage, and comparisons of the new restoration to earlier versions of the films. A full list of new and legacy bonus content follows:
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Newly restored and remastered versions of The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will also be available together on Blu-ray™ with access to Digital copies and the new and legacy bonus content detailed above.

*Winner: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, 1973

Nominations: Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall), Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, 1973



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From the press release, it does not appear that the original theatrical version of Part III will be included. The press release only mentions the new "Coda" version.

Look to the very last line in that white-on-black screenshot of bonus contents. It's listed there.

My question is does the non-box-o-junk 4K disc set include all 3 cuts of Godfather 3 or is it only the big box-o-junk edition?

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From the press release, it does not appear that the original theatrical version of Part III will be included. The press release only mentions the new "Coda" version.
The Amazon synopsis says "Includes both the Theatrical and 1991 Cuts of THE GODFATHER PART III, as well as a special features Blu-ray featuring all-new content."
 

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First, sorry for the screenshot. Those ascii characters wreak havoc with this software platform. It took me forever to post that press release as it really got screwed up. I finally just posted the "extras" through a screenshot.

It appears to me that all the extra features are present on both the 4k Ultra and 4k Limited Edition sets.
 

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Look to the very last line in that white-on-black screenshot of bonus contents. It's listed there.

My question is does the non-box-o-junk 4K disc set include all 3 cuts of Godfather 3 or is it only the big box-o-junk edition?

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Look at that very last line again and you will see they reference all cuts of Godfather 3 are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD Collections.
 

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Look at that very last line again and you will see they reference all cuts of Godfather 3 are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD Collections.

Yeah, I noticed... but didn't want to base that merely on the inclusion of that "s" at the very end of that whole thing...

Would be nice to get a more definitive, unequivocal answer... :D

The other question would be whether those additional bonus cuts are also in 4K/DV...

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I am just wondering if anyone here is going to spend that kind of money for the Limited Edition set
 

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Yeah, I noticed... but didn't want to base that merely on the inclusion of that "s" at the very end of that whole thing...

Would be nice to get a more definitive, unequivocal answer... :D

The other question would be whether those additional bonus cuts are also in 4K/DV...

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Wait if you please, but there is no doubt in my mind that the 4K discs themselves will be identical for both 4K collection releases. The only difference between the 4K collections is the "Box of Junk" stuff.
 

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I guess I'd consider some "junk" for a more reasonable price, but what's shown in that PR pic doesn't look worth it to me...

I'm probably better off just buying a better coffee table book and some poster-size prints for decoration, which I just might do...

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FWIW, was wondering why that box-o-junk doesn't look like it includes a soundtrack CD for that kinda price, so decided to check Apple Music and just fired this up to get in the mood... :D:cool:


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FWIW, was wondering why that box-o-junk doesn't look like it includes a soundtrack CD for that kinda price, so decided to check Apple Music and just fired this up to get in the mood... :D:cool:


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Nice. Haven't checked my Apple Music but are the original theatrical soundtracks available anywhere?
 

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Nice. Haven't checked my Apple Music but are the original theatrical soundtracks available anywhere?

You could probably buy some old CDs from Amazon, et al, but maybe they'll release new remasterings for this 50th anniversary...

I don't see anything from the original soundtracks on Apple Music anyway...

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"Every effort was made to create the finest possible presentation for today’s audiences who can watch the films using technology that has advanced dramatically since 2007 when the last restoration was completed by eminent film historian and preservationist Robert Harris. Using that work as a blueprint, the team spent thousands of hours to ensure that every frame was evaluated to create the most pristine presentation while remaining true to the original look and feel of the films."

Nice marketing spin you got there Paramount. Its complete BS of course but I guess its the thought that counts.
 

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