Can you believe The Godfather came out 50 years ago? As an anniversary, Paramount Pictures is having a limited theatrical release and they have released a trailer for it.

The theatrical release of The Godfather Part 1 will be at the end of February and then all three movies will be released on 4k Ultra HD and Digital in March.

The restoration of the movie has taken over three years. More than 300 cartons of film were looked through to find the best possible quality. Over 4,000 hours spent repairing the film footage and over 1,000 hours of digital restoration and colour correction took place.

Also, the 5.1 audio has been improved on the 2007 edition.

The Godfather is classed as one of the best movies ever made, winning the Best Picture Academy Award in 1973. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the novel by Mario Puzo it is one of those movies that every cinephile has seen, or at the very least heard of.

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It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Cann, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Abe Vigoda to name just a few. Brando won an Oscar for his performance as the head of the Corleone family, and follows the clan’s rise and near fall from power in the US.

The theatrical release will be in the US, exclusive to Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres, there will be international showings, but we’re not sure where at the moment.

Then there will be a 4k Ultra HD release on 22nd March, which includes all three movies.

The boxset includes:

  • Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather: 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.
  • 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.
  • The Godfather: Home Movies: An assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971 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: Before and after highlights showcase extensive picture quality improvements to The Godfather.

Francis Ford Coppola has said:

“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life. 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.”

The Godfather 50th Anniversary comes to theatres 25th February, with the trilogy following for home release on 22nd March.

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