Just in time for the 30th anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola has announced a newly restored, brand new edit if the final film in his landmark Godfather trilogy.
‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone‘ achieves Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale, which has been meticulously restored for the finest presentation of the Corleone saga’s last chapter.
‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone‘ will debut on Blu-ray and be available to Download & Keep on 8th December 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
“‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III. For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of both the new Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and the original The Godfather: Part III.
In order to create the best presentation possible, Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team began by searching for over 50 original takes to replace lower resolution opticals in the original negative. This process took more than six months and involved sifting through 300 cartons of negative. American Zoetrope worked diligently to repair scratches, stains, and other anomalies that could not be addressed previously due to technology constraints, while enhancements were made to the original 5.1 audio mix.
The Blu-ray and Digital presentations will include the newly restored and re-edited film, and an exclusive introduction by Coppola.