Okay, this is exactly what new home-movie-viewing technology should be bringing us: not just easier access to our favorite old movies and TV shows, but also better versions of them. Enter "The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration," a new DVD set featuring a completely overhauled version of the films, which was overseen by the esteemed director.
Out this week, the Blu-ray DVD from Paramount Pictures features the entire "Godfather" trilogy, each frame of which was examined and painstakingly updated using digital technology. Copolla directed a team of experts uncluding The Film Preserve’s Robert A. Harris and cinematographer Gordon Willis. "The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II" and "The Godfather Part III" are ready to remind existing fans why they fell in love, as well as delight the previously unconverted.
In concert with the DVD release, Paramount’s also put "The Godfather" back into theaters, in limited locations. The cost of a date night to see the flicks (you’ll want to, obviously, leave the kids out of this one) is a little easier to swallow than the DVD set’s price tag of about $60. But it feels infinitely more reasonable when you realize you can bring the trilogy home and see it with all the pee breaks you need, again and again. And given the length of the things, at a per-minute rate you’re actually getting a bargain!
If the re-mastered films aren’t not enough, Paramount’s also offering up all kinds of related games on Thegodfather.com. Our favorite’s the (frankly super-helpful) family tree, but you’ll also find clips from the DVD, an examination of the restoration process plus trivia questions and an interactive timeline. More than thirty years after it entered our lives, and won the Academy-Award for Best Picture, "The Godfather" is well worth another viewing.
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