The Godfather

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The theatrical version of The Godfather debuted on American network television on November 16, 1974 on NBC, and again two days later, with only minor edits.[203] The airing on television attracted a large audience and helped generate anticipation for the upcoming sequel.[203] The next year, Coppola created The Godfather Saga expressly for American television in a release that combined The Godfather and The Godfather Part II with unused footage from those two films in a chronological telling that toned down the violent, sexual, and profane material for its NBC debut on November 18, 1977.[204] In 1981, Paramount released the Godfather Epic boxed set, which also told the story of the first two films in chronological order, again with additional scenes, but not redacted for broadcast sensibilities.[204] The Godfather Trilogy was released in 1992, in which the films are fundamentally in a chronological order.[205]

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside was a 73-minute documentary released in 1991.[206] Directed by Jeff Warner, the film featured some behind the scenes content from all three films, interviews with the actors, and screen tests.[206] The Godfather DVD Collection was released on October 9, 2001 in a package that contained all three films—each with a commentary track by Coppola—and a bonus disc containing The Godfather Family: A Look Inside.[207] The DVD also held a Corleone family tree, a "Godfather" timeline, and footage of the Academy Award acceptance speeches.[207]

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration

During the film's original theatrical release, the original negatives were worn down due to the reel being printed so much to meet demand.[208][209] In addition, the duplicate negative was lost in Paramount archives.[209] In 2006 Coppola contacted Steven Spielberg—whose studio DreamWorks had recently been bought out by Paramount—about restoring The Godfather.[208][209] Robert A. Harris was hired to oversee the restoration of The Godfather and its two sequels, with the film's cinematographer Willis participated in the restoration.[210][211] Work began in November 2008 by repairing the negatives so they could go through a digital scanner to produce high resolution 4K files.[208][209] If a negative were damaged and discolored, work was done digitally to restore it to its original look.[208][209] After a year and a half of working on the restoration, the project was complete.[209] Paramount called the finished product The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration and released it to the public on September 23, 2008 on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.[210][211] Dave Kehr of the New York Times believed the restoration brought back the "golden glow of their original theatrical screenings".[210] As a whole, the restoration of the film was well received by critics and Coppola.[208][209][210][211][212] The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration contains several new special features that play in high definition, along with additional scenes.[212]

Video game

A video game based on the film was developed by Electronic Arts and first released in 2006.[213][214] Duvall, Caan, and Brando supplied voiceovers and their likenesses,[215] but Pacino did not.[215] Francis Ford Coppola openly voiced his disapproval of the game.[216]


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