As Francis Ford Coppola’s watershed mob flick The Godfather celebrates its 50th year, we all get to join in the celebrations as it – and its two sequels – come to 4K Ultra HD.
Being billed as “the essential, definitive saga of the Corleone family”, the films have undergone a painstaking restoration and remastering process, overseen by Coppola, that took thousands of hours. The result is the trilogy in native 4K, complete with Dolby Vision HDR enhancement.
What will be of interest to many is that while the set features The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, the third entry in the trilogy is represented by the 2020 recut of 1990’s The Godfather III, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The three movies will, as you’d hope, be joined in the set by a raft of both new and legacy special features.
New content will include:
– Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
– Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather—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.
– Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens of Photographer Steve Schapiro— In this reflective and frank discussion, special photographer Steve Schapiro shares his unique perspective and cherished memories as a witness to the making of this seminal film. Commentary on curated archival images makes for a fascinating, never-before-seen addition to the production’s history.
– The Godfather: Home Movies— An assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971 offers a candid glimpse into the production of The Godfather. Shot on location at the Norton family estate on Staten Island’s Emerson Hill, this is the first time it’s been made available to the public.
– Restoration Comparisons— Before and after highlights showcase extensive picture quality improvements to The Godfather.
Said Francis Ford Coppola of this new re-release: “I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life. 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.”
The Godfather trilogy on 4K Ultra HD is set for an Australian release on March 23.