The Godfather 4k Release Is a Must-Own for Movie Collectors
I am a broken record but never sleep on the bonus features. My personal preference is to watch the film with audio commentary if I have seen the film before. The commentary by Francis Ford Coppola is well worth the price of the set. There is so much to be learned about the making of the movie. Some of the behind-the-scenes stories are a must-listen.
Growing up I recall watching the Godfather films on HBO and USA whenever they would air them. I always seemed to watch these films on gloomy days. That is actually quite fitting since the film is so dark. The picture quality is stunning in 4K. The big test was the scenes at the beginning of the film in the Godfather’s office. These scenes were so dark the times I watched before
This is not the case in the 4K release. I was able to see much more definition of the characters and the costuming and set decoration. The scenes in Italy with Michael are also great with the brightness. This is also a transition for the character because the brightness of these scenes shows that Michael is happy in his life for the first time in my opinion.
I spoke about costuming and The Godfather films have some amazing costuming throughout the trilogy. This is nothing new, but something that I feel helps complete the authenticity of the films.
This release is a must-own for movie lovers!
NEW BONUS CONTENT:
- Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
- Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather—Paramount Pictures archivists detail theincredible 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 thedecades.
- Capturing the Corleones: Through theLens 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 theproduction 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.
- 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 Organization 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 Collections)