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The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Collection (R1) in September

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration on 23rd September 2008. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II return to DVD 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 individually ($19.99 SRP each) or in a five-DVD collection ($72.99 SRP) 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 DVD Collection

All three films are presented in anamorphic widescreen with English and French DD5.1 Surround audio, English Mono (The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II) and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

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

Disc 4: Original Collection Special Features
  • Making of The Godfather
  • Additional Scenes
  • Filming Locations
  • The Corleone Family Tree
  • The Music of The Godfather
  • The Godfather Historical Timeline
  • Profiles on the Filmmakers
  • Photo Galleries and Storyboards

Disc 5: New Special Features
  • Godfather World
  • The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t
  • …when the shooting stopped
  • Emulsional Rescue Revealing The Godfather
  • The Godfather on the Red Carpet
  • Four Short Films on The Godfather
    • The Godfather vs. The Godfather, Part II
    • Cannoli
    • Riffing on the Riffing
    • Clemenza

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