Thursday, March 20, 2014

Yes- This project is still going!

We have not given up.

After posting our initial blog, we have been inundated with copies of the Trilogy from different countries and have found minor differences here and there that warrant an entire redo of our work.

Be patient- we are working as fast as we can and rest assured that THIS PROJECT WILL NEVER DIE as long as we're still breathing.

Thanks for the patience and we'll post updates as we move along.

All the best,
The Godfather Museum

24 comments:

  1. YES THANK GOD! You guys are incredible I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  2. at last Guys ;) I hope You'll make it soon...
    check this german version please:
    http://www.feature-film.org/16790/der-pate-die-saga/

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  3. Hey guys, just a few questions. How many DVDs is the project slated to take up? Will you be using the AMC HD airing of the Saga as the main source for the extended footage? Will the final edit be entirely in anamorphic widescreen or will it jump from full to wide? Will the candles ending from Part II make it in there somehow? Thanks again for all your hard work these past two years!

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  4. Good luck with the project. I know what hard work this entails, so respect to you as they say in Godfather land.

    Couple of points I would be interested to hear your views on.

    1. Where do you reckon that short scene of Connie bringing Michael a cup of tea (or whatever it is) goes? Clearly it's deleted from GFII, and appears in one of the AMC opening credits. It seems to me that Pacino has his older 1968 make-up and slightly greyed hair, so my guess it comes just before he sits smoking and pondering his sins at the end of II.

    2. There are a few short sequences in the GFIII trailer that are not in the finished movie (Theatrical or Director's Cut). Have you ever seen any longer versions of those scenes anywhere?

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  5. I hope they will post updates next month :-)

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  6. Can't wait, the best version of the best movies ever!

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  7. Hey! How are things coming a long? Did you decide on widescreen or pan and scan? I guess you could either crop the 4:3 image or fit the 16:9 widescreen footage into the 4:3 frame.

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  8. Hey! Is there anyway we can help. And what percentage of the project do you think is done?

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  9. Hi, guys... I'm awfully late to the party, but since you're running late as well, I guess it's OK. Without much of the skill you guys likely have, I created my own edit of the epic some years back, calling it "The Abbondanza Edition" - I worked from various sources, including the 80s home video, the FOX broadcast, the US chronological laserdisc and -- here's a key source: the Japanese laserdisc of the saga which included quite a few trims and lifts I couldn't find anywhere else, despite the fact that I had to cut around the burned-in Japanese subtitles. IIRC, a key shot in there was the establishing shot of the Sicily train station prior to the family's arrival (from GFII). Hope you have the time soon to get this puppy sewn up and keep us informed: I'd dearly love to see your work (and supplant my own as well!)...

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  10. Loved your post about the movies' running times:http://godfathermuseum.blogspot.com/2012/05/brief-history-of-chronological-cuts-fan.html

    Regarding Godfather 3, My take on it, this version that exists, the "Director's Cut" or whatever its called, is still too long. If the film were cut to 2hrs it would actually work. I've seen the film more than 20 times, it's like the Magnificent Ambersons, you can tell there's stuff thats missing (Duvall, a better opening and a more satisfying conclusion) – but people who hate on Sofia Coppola's performance actually miss the whole performance for what it is, it's actually Diane Keaton who doesn't belong in the movie. If someone were to edit her performance out of the film (leaving only the scenes where she confronts Michael about Tony & the very end of the Opera House sequence) the film might work. There's other tweaks that should be done… there's an annoying sequence in where we hear Andy Garcia in voice over telling what he's going to do. I don't recall voice overs in the first 2 Godfather movies.

    A good start might be re-editing the film closer to what Coppola sort hinted at in the rough cut of the film that's been posted on YouTube: http://youtu.be/A0fgIgnV1-4

    There are other scenes that don't work, the Sicily sequence in G3 is poor in comparison to G1 & G2. There's no nostalgic care to it… there are long-shots of Sicilian hillsides that seemed to be tacked on by a an assistant at the last minute. And the whole Michael shows Kay the real Sicily has to be removed completely from the film.

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  11. At the writer who posted on July 31 at 12:25 PM, you should re-edit Godfather 3, post an email account where i can reach you. I think it could be done. I put stuff there on my first comment from August 9, but there's actually little tweaks in-between scenes.

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  12. I'm the guy with the July 31 post above. While I can see what you mean about GF3 coming across as bloated, reediting that film as you suggest above holds little interest for me; my main goal has always been the restoration of completed scenes to the first films; to make as complete a chronological retelling of the saga as possible without being hamstrung by the dictum of the 1977 NBC standards-and-practices department.

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  13. @Anonymous (August 18)… OK. I still think a huge chunk of Godfather 3 can be edited out, and it would be a more satisfying film, not so much a perfect film and it would still not hold a candle to Godfather and Godfather Part 2.

    As for your project, I wish you the best of luck.

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  14. While we can all agree GF3 could have been better, I don't think the idea of this project is to leave anything out, but more to make sure that every last second of the film available is included in this project.

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  15. I'll second that.

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  16. Hmmm I would agree with that, but I wasn't a fan of Apocalypse Now Redux – I think certain films do need editing, Apocalypse Now was a fine film, the added running time didn't help matters. On a combined GF (Parts 1, 2 & 3), it's a different matter. I remember seeing the Godfather chronological version (or a version of it on USA channel), I'm curious about what you can achieve. But I still hold to my belief that a tighter Godfather 3 would improve on the reputation that it's the weaker of the Godfathers films. To me it isn't. I think it's Coppola's "Magnificent Ambersons" … had the Studio not rushed him for a Christmas release, the film might have been as good as Part 1 (Not so much 2).

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  17. hello, i know this will be more work for you, but, being italian, i would like to listen to this treasure in my own language (maybe the mono) and so i think about the other countries enthusiasts around the world, for the extended scene i would hope in some subs. i think this would be the best and most complete version possible of The Godfather trilogy, and will be so much appreciated.

    PS what do mean for Grandfather Novelette (recorded in 1989)??

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  19. I am hyped for this update! I've let my friends know about it. Excellent work!!

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  20. It's a new year, hoping you guys have made some progress!

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  21. Give us an update Would love to ahve them ost complete saga/epic possible.

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  22. Guys PLEASE stop to mislead us!!! Write us the thuth that you are not doing anything with this project don't you ?!
    I'm comming to this site almost every day(more than 2 years) and I'm just getting sick of it !!!
    I remember when you wrote that this project will be finished at summer 2013..................
    I have also a baby and lot of work to do but at least I have a time to post this comment but you have no time all year round !!!!
    Be honest and don't trick us anymore!!!

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  23. ^^^ How about this...YOU try to to piece together three 3-hour films plus all of the deleted footage into a 10+ hour epic in strictly chronological order, with sources from all around the world ranging from Blu-Ray and HDTV to VHS and Beta. Let us know how long it takes you. I, for one, have been patient with this project because I know what a tremendous undertaking it is.

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