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.[205] The airing on television attracted a large audience and helped generate anticipation for the upcoming sequel.[205] 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.[206] 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.[206] The Godfather Trilogy was released in 1992, in which the films are fundamentally in a chronological order.[207]

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside was a 73-minute documentary released in 1991.[208] Directed by Jeff Warner, the film featured some behind the scenes content from all three films, interviews with the actors, and screen tests.[208] 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.[209] The DVD also held a Corleone family tree, a "Godfather" timeline, and footage of the Academy Award acceptance speeches.[209]

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.[210][211] In addition, the duplicate negative was lost in Paramount archives.[211] In 2006 Coppola contacted Steven Spielberg—whose studio DreamWorks had recently been bought out by Paramount—about restoring The Godfather.[210][211] 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.[212][213] Work began in November 2008 by repairing the negatives so they could go through a digital scanner to produce high resolution 4K files.[210][211] If a negative were damaged and discolored, work was done digitally to restore it to its original look.[210][211] After a year and a half of working on the restoration, the project was complete.[211] 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.[212][213] Dave Kehr of the New York Times believed the restoration brought back the "golden glow of their original theatrical screenings".[212] As a whole, the restoration of the film was well received by critics and Coppola.[210][211][212][213][214] The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration contains several new special features that play in high definition, along with additional scenes.[214]

Video game

A video game based on the film was developed by Electronic Arts and first released in 2006.[215][216] Duvall, Caan, and Brando supplied voiceovers and their likenesses,[217] but Pacino did not.[217] Francis Ford Coppola openly voiced his disapproval of the game.[218]


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