I’ve bought the Godafather Trilogy on Blu-ray when it came out and I haven’t watched it until this weekend. Unfortunately the European Edition omits the original mono mix – thanks Paramount – But the the 5.1 mix wasn’t bad at all. Kudos to the mixing team. The picture quality was pretty damn nice. Details I haven’t seen before and an interesting color floor. So overall a good presentation of the movies. Yes? NO! The blacks are terrible. I don’t know what went wrong, but many scenes have really murky and redish blacks. This is even more showing on the featurette “Emulsional Rescue: Revealing The Godfather” on the 4th disc. The blacks of the restored scene shown there looked great. So why did they change it for the movie discs? I don’t know.
But with UHD and HDR this movie can be saved and shown how it should truly have been. HDR can produce some impressive blacks while retaining mid and high levels of details. On the Blu-ray some scenes, e.g. the wedding in part 1, looses details and result in clipping. Not in an extreme level, mind you, but still clipping.
I’v no doubts Paramount will make the movies available in native 4K and HDR at some point, and hopefully including the original mono mix in lossless for regions in the world too , to give us the ultimate Godfather experience
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