The Godfather Collection: Coppola Restoration Coming to Blu-ray

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration is coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 23 in a four-disc set, day-and-date with DVD.

The first two Godfather films have been painstakingly digitally restored frame-by-frame under the watchful eye of Francis Ford Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis by Robert A. Harris of the Film Preserve, a process that took over a year to complete.

Paramount is presenting The Godfather films on Blu-ray in widescreen 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Mono options will be available on The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, but not Part III.

Kim Aubry, founder of Zoetrope Aubry Productions, has crafted several all-new special features exclusive to this set that go behind-the-scenes on the restoration.

Per Paramount, “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.”

The full contents of each disc are as follows.

Disc 1:

  • The Godfather feature film
  • Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 2:

  • The Godfather, Part II feature film
  • Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 3:

  • The Godfather, Part III feature film
  • Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 4:

  • 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,
  • 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

    Disc 4 (cont’d):

  • 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

The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration on Blu-ray will carry an SRP of $119.99. Check back regularly for high resolution cover art and pre-order information.

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