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Paramount Pictures to Release Francis Ford Coppola’s

Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

in Theaters and on Home Entertainment Platforms in December

This Newly Restored and Brand-New Edit of The Godfather: Part III Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – September 3, 2020 — Paramount Pictures announced today it will release a new edit and restoration of Francis Ford Coppola’s final film in his epic Godfather trilogy entitled Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This new version of The Godfather: Part III achieves director/screenwriter Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale, which has been meticulously restored for the finest presentation of the Corleone saga’s last chapter. Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will have a limited theatrical release in December, followed by availability on Digital home entertainment platforms and on disc.

“‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,’” said Coppola. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”

Coppola’s masterful film adaptation of Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family and the saga is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest in cinematic history. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, The Godfather: Part III was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director*. The film follows Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, as he seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire.

Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of both the new Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and the original The Godfather: Part III. In order to create the best presentation possible, Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team began by searching for over 50 original takes to replace lower resolution opticals in the original negative. This process took more than six months and involved sifting through 300 cartons of negative. American Zoetrope worked diligently to repair scratches, stains, and other anomalies that could not be addressed previously due to technology constraints, while enhancements were made to the original 5.1 audio mix. These thorough restoration efforts were not immune to the coronavirus pandemic: midway through the project, all work—even the search for the negative—shifted to the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles and was completed by Zoetrope and Paramount remotely.

“Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president, Paramount Archives.

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SPOILER!!! ;) ;)
The title actually isn't a spoiler, but if I told you why, THAT would be a spoiler... ;)

All I'll say is that this version has a different ending.

I am all in for this. It was a movie you could always tell had a little more to give if some time could be spent on it...
 
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I will be looking forward to this.He always said he was rushed by Paramount who wanted a Christmas release so it's great they now have given him a chance to for fill his vision.
And in 4k I'm sure it will look terrific.
 
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Great announcement, I have always thought that this is a much better film than its reputation would suggest. The Blu will definitely be a Day 1 for me.
Now if only Mr. Coppola would revisit his television Godfather Epic for disc release I could retire my wearing VHS tapes!!
 

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The notes about the restoration for Part III sound pretty impressive (hunting down the original takes to redo the opticals). Any word on the first two films? Or did they already go through all that for the "Coppola Restoration" Blu-ray?
 
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I will be interested to see the new take on this film. It's not a bad movie, but as has been mentioned already by others it had an impossible legacy to live up to from the first two films, which are both masterpieces IMO. Had Winona Ryder been available as originally planned, I think it actually could have been an very fine movie (Sophia Coppola was painful to watch).
 

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The notes about the restoration for Part III sound pretty impressive (hunting down the original takes to redo the opticals). Any word on the first two films? Or did they already go through all that for the "Coppola Restoration" Blu-ray?
There's nothing left that can be done for The Godfather and Part II aside from issuing it on UHD...without HDR of course.
 

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Yeeeeeah this reeks of a desperate studio trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of one of its beloved franchises. Nothing wrong with that in principle but the movie’s not salvageable. I know it has its defenders. I am not one of them. As Siskel once said to Ebert regarding a missing reel of a terrible movie they reviewed, that missing reel could have been the lost footage from the Magnificent Ambersons and the movie still would have sucked.

Maybe the new footage is dynamite, but it’s lipstick on a pig.
 

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How can anyone defend this film? I will never understand it, frankly, unless it's that they feel an auteur can do no wrong. There is so much wrong here, and the attempts to make it into something it simply cannot be is, well, is. He made the movie he wanted to make. Nobody pressured him or forced him to do what he did.