In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award®-winning* masterwork The Godfather, Paramount Pictures will be releasing all three films in the epic trilogy on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on March 22, 2022, with all the films having been meticulously restored under the direction of Francis Coppola himself.

“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “With this 50th anniversary tribute, I’m especially proud Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is included, as it captures Mario and my original vision in definitively concluding our epic trilogy. It’s also gratifying to celebrate this milestone with Paramount alongside the wonderful fans who’ve loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time.”

We were thrilled to receive an advance copy to review the new bonus features for you!

· Starting off with a special Introduction to The Godfather by director Francis Ford Coppola it sets the tone for a walk down memory lane with a classic.

· Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather: here the Paramount Pictures archivists detail the incredible 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 the decades. We get to see side by side comparison of the original material to the newly restored scenes. This includes material that had previously been damaged from the original negatives. Every detail of the restoration was overseen throughout the 5 years long project to make the 50th anniversary deadline. The accents, colors, shadows where all enhanced and enriched to bring forth a better version of the original intended look of the film.

· Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens 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. We are also treated to a look at the multiple cameras used to capture a wide range of stills between color, black and white, wide lens and close range.

· The Godfather: Home Movies— We are treated to an assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971 which offers a candid glimpse into the production 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— in this feature we are able to get a closer look at before and after highlights which showcase extensive picture quality improvements to The Godfather. From the wedding scenes to foregrounds and iconic scenes, it is remarkable to witness the changes that enrich and make the new viewing experience more vivid.

The bonus disc also contains previously seen content:

  • 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
  • Cannoli
  • Riffing on the Riffing
  • Clemenza
  • 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
  • Galleries
  • Trailers
  • 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)

If you’re a movie buff and appreciate the classics, these remastered versions of all three Godfather films is a must have as all the details that went into restoring this film will leave you speechless and make you appreciate all the work and dedication that goes into preserving original films.