By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders
The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration
Whenever you re-release an entire trilogy of films and you throw in a descriptive term such as 'Restoration', it leaves me with no choice but to concentrate on the visuals. Such is the case for The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
On Blu-Ray: The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration
I first got The Godfather set on DVD and immediately popped the first film into my PS3 Blu-ray player for upconversion. I only made it about half way through the film before my Blu-ray set arrived. From what I saw, I can support that the film has been restored, and looks impressively good upconverted, considering. But no time delay, I immediately jumped over to Blu-ray.
Nice boost in clarity. To be honest, I didn't know such bland colors -- such as brown -- could look so good. When it comes to this type of er, hue, Blu-ray is a testament to what restorations can really look like. Yes, this is one old trilogy that looks great in HD. I figured there would be tons of grain, but was shocked to see very little, especially during those outdoor fiestas; or whatever they call them.
The best part is, having The Godfather on blu-ray will remind the avid HD collectors of what a good mobster flick should look like. The only thing that wasn't clear in the Blu-ray set was The Godfather III, which I don't think even Coppola can restore.
When it comes to the extras, both the Blu-ray and DVD set come with so many fixings (in terms of length), that one might find themselves bored with the franchise once through with them all. I don't know about you, but it's hard to listen to Coppola talk for ten hours.