UPDATED 24/02/22 – As well as the tremendous trailer, just scroll down, we’ve got some great shots* direct from Hollywood, as directed Francis Ford Coppola celebrated the naming of a street after him at the Paramount Theatre, and an event to chat about the film’s amazing legacy with stars and Hollywood elite!
Iconic can’t really understate The Godfather, and Francis Ford Coppola‘s rightly revered epic saga has hit 50 years since its release and if you’ve never seen it, or don’t think you understand the hype, this is a perfect time to relive an incredible saga that’s part of film history, as it’s receiving a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning 25th February exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the U.S., as well as around the world!
Paramount Pictures have also overseen all three films from the epic trilogy, which have been meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on 21st March (Pre-order here!), and he had this to say:
“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.”
Coppola’s masterful film adaptation chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family, over the last 3 years, Paramount and Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope undertook the painstaking restoration of all three films. We’re told that every effort was made to create the finest possible presentation for today’s audiences who can watch the films using technology that has advanced dramatically since 2007 when the last restoration was completed by eminent film historian and preservationist Robert Harris, this looks magnificent:
You can pre-order the 50th Anniversary Edition Trilogy of the restored version on 4K UHD: https://amzn.to/3Ijh7GK
A full list of new and legacy bonus content follows:
NEW BONUS CONTENT:
- 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.
LEGACY BONUS CONTENT:
- The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t
- Godfather World
- Emulsional Rescue—Revealing The Godfather
- …when the shooting stopped
- The Godfather on the Red Carpet
- Four Short Films on The Godfather
- The Godfather vs. The Godfather: Part II
- Riffing on the Riffing
- The Family Tree
- Crime Organisation Chart
- Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Album
- 2008 Credits
- Behind the Scenes
- A Look Inside
- On Location
- Francis Ford Coppola’s Notebook
- Music of The Godfather
- Nino Rota
- Carmine Coppola
- Coppola & Puzo on Screenwriting
- Gordon Willis on Cinematography
- Storyboards – The Godfather: Part II
- Storyboards – The Godfather: Part III
- The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971
- Additional Scenes
- Acclaim & Response
- Additional Material
- The Filmmakers
- The Godfather: Part III—newly remastered and restored versions of the original theatrical cut and Coppola’s 1991 cut (note: these are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collections)
Newly restored and remastered versions of The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will also be available together on Blu-ray with the new and legacy bonus content detailed above: https://amzn.to/3Ijh7GK
The Godfather Collection on DVD will be updated to include Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This replaces previous versions of The Godfather: Part III
*Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures