Now that Ultra HD Blu-ray as a format has been around for a couple of years, fans have been starting to wonder why The Godfather Trilogy has yet to make its 4K debut. The movies underwent a 4K restoration back in 2008 but up until now they have yet to be announced for a higher resolution release. This week, however, we have been given a clue as to why that may be the case: Francis Ford Coppola is apparently working on an extensive re-edit of the much-maligned third installment, The Godfather Part III. What’s even more surprising is that we may only be a few months away from being able to see it. Here’s what Coppola had to say about the new version of the movie:
“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.”
That new title is a mouthful but it is certainly an intriguing proposition. In addition to re-editing the film, American Zoetrope has also fixed “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.” Paramount is reportedly planning a theatrical release for December with a digital and physical release sometime in 2021. It seems safe to assume that they will be planning a brand new box set for the entire trilogy as well. Do you think The Godfather: Part III can be salvaged with a new cut?