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Old 08-22-07, 02:27 AM
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Robert Harris restoring Godfather trilogy

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Blue-chip restoration guru Robert Harris has been working on a photo-chemical restoration of all three Godfather films for the last few months, and the results may be digitally viewable as soon as December (a Danish DVD site is stating that restored DVDs of the first two Godfather pics are due for release on 12.6.07). Harris declined comment, but Francis Coppola said after a Godfather III screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn theatre that Steven Spielberg is the restoration project's financial savior.
Coppola said that Paramount was initially not interested in funding the restoration (deemed necessary due to the original negative having been "purposefuly damaged by idiots...misued, cut up") but all that changed when Spielberg stepped into the breach and said, "This is going to happen."

Coppola showed up on Monday August 6th, after a screening of Godfather III at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn theater. He didn't arrive until about an hour into a six person q & a with a variety of people in or attached to the film. He said it was a bit surreal to be there after we've been watching Godfather III because he had just come from the first viewing of the new restoration of the original Godfather, which he said 'it looks 'incredible.'

"Coppola also mentioned that the negative was basically going to dissolve, or very close to complete loss and it would have cost millions of dollars to restore. Paramount was not going to foot the bill for it, he said, but that after Paramount became Dreamamount Spielberg himself made sure they knew they had to restore The Godfather, and the restoration went forward.

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Old 08-22-07, 03:21 AM
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This is cool.
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Does this mean it might be released in HD??

Paramount please make me an offer I can't refuse
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And now they'll have walkie-talkies instead of guns.

j/k

This is great news.
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Old 08-22-07, 07:17 AM
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We'll see what these guys can do. Everything I read about the condition of the print contains the phrase "beyond repair". But if anyone can do it, it's Harris.
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Originally Posted by shanester
Does this mean it might be released in HD??

I sure hope so!
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......stating that restored DVDs of the first two Godfather pics are due for release on 12.6.07.......
Holy Cow! That's practically tomorrow.....this is almost beyond belief!
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Old 08-22-07, 09:04 AM
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let's hope Paramount can jump on the 4k restoration/video transfers that Warner Bros. is touting on it's upcoming film to HiDef projects.
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Unfortunately, if it comes out in the next 18 months, it will now come out in HD-DVD ONLY. 3 hour HD movie on 30 GB disc.
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that's cool..i wasn't disappointed with the trilogy on dvd...i wont be upgrading
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Originally Posted by Admiral7
Unfortunately, if it comes out in the next 18 months, it will now come out in HD-DVD ONLY. 3 hour HD movie on 30 GB disc.
you're in the BluRay camp arent' you?
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Old 08-22-07, 11:34 AM
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I would hope the new releases of 1 and 2 would contain their original mono mix,then I would buy them instantly!


And Paramount must be pathetic to think allowing a famous classic/important film like this rot away is no big deal! Wow,I guess the money people really are clueless cheapskates looking to save a buck no matter what.

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Old 08-22-07, 11:55 AM
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Wowsers, that's cool news.
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So the news is that someone posted information on HTF and someone on some website I've never heard of quoted it?

Doesn't mean it not true but what it does mean is this is an unconfirmed rumor.
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We've heard rumblings from someone associated with Paramount about a "major" trilogy being restored. So I would take this as a rumor, but a very likely one.
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
And now they'll have walkie-talkies instead of guns.
This is actually true from what I've heard. Not walkie-talkies, but they're going to digitally remove a lot of the gorier violence (like Moe getting shot in the eye) and the bullet holes in Vito's back. That's part of the compromise when Spielberg came on to help.
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I hope that was a joke.
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I'm sure it was. It is the internet, don't take anybody seriously.

And yeah, I agree about the comment of a 3 hour movie in relevance to a 30 gb disc. King Kong is arguably still the perfect-ish image on both formats, and that's one heck of a long movie as well.
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Originally Posted by PatrickMcCart
This is actually true from what I've heard. Not walkie-talkies, but they're going to digitally remove a lot of the gorier violence (like Moe getting shot in the eye) and the bullet holes in Vito's back. That's part of the compromise when Spielberg came on to help.
I'd rather have a shitty print of a COMPLETE version of the movie as the director intended instead of some Greedo shoots first bullshit.
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And what was wrong with the original trilogy set?
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And what was wrong with the original trilogy set?
The transfer sucked.
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Originally Posted by Admiral7
Unfortunately, if it comes out in the next 18 months, it will now come out in HD-DVD ONLY. 3 hour HD movie on 30 GB disc.
King Kong and Grand Prix are both 3 hour movies that look fantastic on 30 gB HD DVDs. Grand Prix even has an hour of bonus features on the same disc.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
The transfer sucked.
No, it didn't. The condition of the films sucked.
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And what was wrong with the original trilogy set?
This isn't just about a DVD rerelease. It's about a multi-million-dollar restoration of the original film elements, which (for the first two movies) were seriously deteriorating. The side benefit to restoring and preserving the original negatives is that a release of the restored films to home video is sure to follow.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty
No, it didn't. The condition of the films sucked.
Which resulted in a crappy transfer. It's called a print on film and a transfer on disc.
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Old 08-22-07, 11:52 PM
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From the AFI website:

Screenings of THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II are cancelled. The films have been pulled from circulation in anticipation of their restoration and re-release in 2008. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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