More than three decades after they won the Academy Award for Best Picture, director Francis Ford Coppola’s classic films The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II will once again be enjoyed by audiences as they originally were meant to be seen, thanks to a meticulous restoration by Paramount Pictures, overseen by Coppola himself. On August 7, 2008, both fully restored films will debut on DVD, along with a newly remastered The Godfather: Part III, in The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration. All three films will be available both individually and in a 5-disc collection which is loaded with a host of all-new special features.

The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II underwent extensive frame-by-frame examination and restoration utilising state-of-the-art digital technology in this historic restoration effort, which required more than a year to complete. The new special features take a look at the complexities of the restoration process and provide new information about how the film almost didn’t come to pass as we know it. “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 (for a terrific read on these events, and more, check out Peter Biskind’s book “East Riders, Raging Bulls”. Other featurettes include “…when the shooting stopped,” and “Godfather World,” which takes a look at The Godfather’s influence on popular culture today. Each film includes a commentary by Coppola.

On the discs

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration DVD Collection is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and English
Mono (The Godfather: Part III not available in Mono) and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD disc breakdown is 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: (previously released special features) 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, Additional Scenes/Chronology, The Family Tree, character biographies, cast biographies, photo galleries, theatrical trailers, Acclaim and Response, Academy Award acceptance speeches, List of awards and nominations, 1974 network TV introduction, DVD credits, filmmaker biographies

Disc 5: (new special features) Godfather World, The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t, When The Shooting Stopped, Emulsional Rescue – Revealing The Godfather, The Godfather on the Red Carpet, Four Short Films on The Godfather, The Godfather vs. The Godfather: Part II, Cannoli, Riffing on the Riffing, Clemenza

Source: Paramount