Revisit the final movie in The Godfather Trilogy with a new opening and ending!
Say what you like about ‘The Godfather Part III‘, whether you like it or hate it, If you think it’s a good ending to the trilogy or a poor one, there is no doubt it was still a powerful chapter in the gangster trilogy. I found it to be epic in scale, completely worthwhile in being made, and a decent trilogy ending movie in its own right without ever hitting the heights of the previous two entries in the saga. Despite all this, director Francis Ford Coppola has never seemed to be happy with the film, in almost the same way George Lucas was with the original ‘Star Wars‘ trilogy, constantly going back to it and changing things. Coppola has decided to get in on the act and has revisited the third film in his epic trilogy one final time to create a new vision of the film.
Entitled ‘The Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone’ (spoiler alert), Coppola has gone back into the archives and has crafted a new opening and ending to the film as well as changing certain scenes around. Paramount has finally released a trailer for the film ahead of its opening. Make yourself an offer you can’t refuse and take a look (as well as the cannoli):
So, it is a cliche, sue me but they don’t make them like this anymore. Epic is certainly the word to describe the trilogy including the third film and it once again seems fitting. This brand new version of the film, complete with remastered picture and sound will be in selected theatres from December 4th and will available on VOD streaming, DVD, and Blu-ray from December 8th.
I saw the original version of the film in a theatre in the UK back in 1990 upon its release and can say I’m looking forward to seeing this new version of the film although as the UK cinemas are firmly closed at the moment, I can’t go and see it in a multiplex. However, I will certainly be grabbing it when it hits the home entertainment format. It will fit nicely into my collection alongside the trilogy boxsets I own and will be something I’ll go back to now and then. As the character of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) says in the film, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”. And with this release, Francis Ford Coppola has certainly done that.
Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will be available on Blu-ray & Digital on December 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
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