The Godfather Collection (US BD) in September - Artwork added

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the US Blu-ray Disc release of The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration on 23rd September 2008 priced at $119.99 SRP. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II debut on Blu-ray Disc following meticulous restoration by Paramount Pictures, overseen by Coppola himself. The two fully restored films arrive 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 only as part of a four-disc Blu-ray Disc collection complete with all bonus material from the original DVD collection alongside all-new extras.

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.

The new special features created by Kim Aubry, founder of Zoetrope Aubry Productions, explores the complexities of the restoration process and provides new insights and perspectives about how the film almost didn’t come to pass as we know it. “The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t” relates the unlikely events, intrigue, allegiances and luck that put together the unknown director with the “unwanted” cast and contains interviews with most of the living players and many of the films’ admirers. Other featurettes include “…when the shooting stopped,” and “Godfather World,” which take a look at The Godfather’s influence on popular culture today. Each film includes a commentary by Coppola.

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray Collection

All three films are 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:

Discs 1 – 3: The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II and The Godfather Part III all with commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola.

Disc 4: Special Features

New Content:

  • 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
    • The Godfather vs. The Godfather, Part II (HD)
    • Cannoli (HD)
    • Riffing on the Riffing (HD)
    • Clemenza (HD)
  • The Family Tree
  • Crime Organization Chart
  • Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Album

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

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