Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sources

Someone recently wrote me inquiring about the sources we used in the making of The Complete Epic Trilogy. I thought that I could whip up a short list for anyone else who may be interested.


[Note: I've included all of the sources we've referenced in the making of this feature, including sources that we didn't necessarily use any footage from but used as a guide in the editing or color correction process. Some of the dates cited are estimates based on best available info. All sources are full frame (4:3 ratio) unless otherwise noted.]



The Godfather: 


VHS- 

US (1980)
US (1989)
US (1991)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widescreen)
Argentina
Brazil
France
Germany
Japan
Portugal
Spain


Betamax-

US (1980)
Japan (1980)


Laserdisc-

US (1980)
US (1991)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widesreen)
Germany
Japan


DVD-

US: 2001, 2004, 2008 (Coppola Restoration)



Other Formats:

8mm reels (B&W- US)
16mm (Color- US)
35mm theatrical print (assorted clips, US, pre-1997)
Blu-Ray (2008)
Video8 (Hi8, 8mm Video) (US, 1991)
RCA Selectavision (CED) (1980 US)
VCD (Japan)
VHD (Japan)
S-VHS (US)
Various home recordings of television broadcasts






The Godfather Part II:






VHS- 

US (1980)
US (1989)
US (1991)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widescreen)
Brazil
Germany
Japan
Spain


Betamax-

US (1980)
Japan (1980)


Laserdisc-

US (1980)
US (1991)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widesreen)
Germany
Japan


DVD-

US: 2001, 2004, 2008 (Coppola Restoration)



Other Formats:

8mm reels (B&W- US)
16mm (B&W Spain)
35mm theatrical print (assorted clips, US, pre-1997)
Blu-Ray (2008)
Video8 (Hi8, 8mm Video) (US, 1991)
RCA Selectavision (CED) (1980 US)
VCD (Japan)
VHD (Japan)
S-VHS (US)
Various Home recordings of televised broadcasts










The Godfather Part III: 

 

 

VHS- 


US (1991)
US (1993)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widescreen)
Germany
Japan
Portugal
Spain




Laserdisc-

US (1991) (Full Frame)
US (1991) (Widescreen)
US (1997- Full Frame)
US (1997- Widescreen)
Germany


DVD-

US: 2001, 2004, 2008 (Coppola Restoration)



Other Formats:


35mm theatrical print (assorted clips, US, pre-1997)
Blu-Ray (2008)
Video8 (Hi8, 8mm Video) (US, 1992)
VCD (Japan)
VHD (Japan)
S-VHS (US)
Various home recordings of television broadcasts







The Godfather: The Complete Epic 1902-1959



US: VHS, Betamax (1980)





The Godfather: The Epic 1901-1959*

 *Same release as above, with altered title and new packaging.


US: VHS (1990)
Europe PAL (1990)





The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (First Version)*

*Note: The first version of "The Godfather Trilogy" was released in 1992. It is not the same version as the 1997 release with the same title. This edition combines The Complete Epic/The Epic with the Final Director's Cut of Part III. It was monophonic and full-frame.

US VHS 1992
Japan Laserdisc 1993





The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (Second Version)*

*Note: See above. This 1997 edition featured a brand new edit of the three films and was remixed to 2.0 Surround Sound. It also featured "The Godfather Family: A Look Back" on a separate disc/cassette.


US VHS (Full Frame)
US Laserdisc (Widescreen)
German Laserdisc (Full Frame)





The Godfather Saga  (AKA Mario Puzo's The Godfather: A Novel For Television, The Complete Novel For Television)


Various recordings of TV Broadcasts 1977-2014





The Godfather Novelette


Home recording of 1986 broadcast



Box Sets:


1991 VHS/Laser
1997 VHS/Laser (Full Frame)
1997 VHS/Laser (Widescreen)
2001 DVD
2008 Blu-Ray




Other film sources:

The Godfather Family: A Look Back  (1990 Documentary)
Theatrical Trailers
Godfather Family Timeline (2001 DVD Extra)
Visions of Light (1992 Documentary)



Print Sources:

Note: The following books were instrumental in determining scene placement, sound and dialogue as well as the  reconstruction of missing sequences such as intermissions, time/location cards, entrance music and exit score.

Paramount shooting scripts and screenplays
Various newspaper and magazine articles
Masters of Light  Dennis Schaefer, ‎Larry Salvato
Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques Alexis Van Hurkman
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Godfather Papers by Mario Puzo
The Godfather: Intimate Francis Ford Coppola by Gene D. Phillips
The Godfather Movies Gerald Gardner
The Godfather Treasures Peter Cowie
The Godfather Family Album Steve Shapiro
The Godfather Annotated Screenplay Jenny Jones
The Godfather Trilogy Nick Browne
The Godfather (Ultimate Film Guides) Bill Malyszko
The Godfather Legacy Harlan Lebo
The Godfather Companion Peter Biskind
Booklets/liner notes for The Complete Epic, The Godfather Trilogy, 2001 DVD and 2008 Blu-ray





I believe that this is everything that we used, but I could swear I'm missing something else. Oh well!

Also, a correction: this project is going to be mixed down to 2.0 Dolby Digital and not 5.1. The preliminary 5.1 mix that we tried just sounded artificial, so after experimenting a bit we've found that 2.0 sounds better for what we're working with.




15 comments:

  1. I came across this site while researching, of all things, the Godfather mansion that was for sale somewhat recently. Question from a non-techie fan -- how will one be able to obtain a DVD of this Complete Epic Trilogy without downloading? I'm dating myself, but as someone who remembers time-shifting the Godfather on a videotape machine when it first aired on network TV, I haven't the first clue about how to get something like this on my computer from the Internet. I appreciate any help; thank you in advance.

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  2. Hi stephen! We will probably release this as a torrent and we'll post the link for that when it's uploaded.

    You will need a torrent program like utorrent (my personal choice) or any of the other well-known torrent clients out there. Downloading is fairly straightforward and there are several tutorials out there to walk you through the process.

    To view it on your computer you will need a decent media player. I recommend VLC as it plays pretty much any file type in common use.

    And to burn it to disc, you will need a DVD or Blu-Ray converter to convert the file into a burnable format. I've used ConvertXtoDVD for years and have never had any problems with it.

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    1. hi, this is great news , and a torrent is a better and always the best way to upload and download files,
      funny i visited this site about 3 years ago and thought it would not happen, and two days ago i decided to edit the godfather 1 and 2 (i don't consider 3 exists), from all the resources i got ,into 1 major epic film , but not like the chronological epic release ,but with part 1 first then part 2 and the young vito stuff in part 2 as they appeared in the part 2 release , it clocked about 7 hours 33 minutes , but this is great and amazing almost 2 extra hours,
      your work is amazing and your passion and patience to finish this will be hugely appreciated by all godfather fans(who isn't?!?) or film fans in general ,
      please post as soon as possible because i cannot wait , thanks :D

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    2. No problem! We'll post as soon as it goes up. I'd love to see your edit too, let me know and I'll post a link to it.

      Just got word on the final running time, 634 minutes, or just under 11 hours. That's not counting the supplementary disc.

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  3. Will this be released in single or dual-layer DVD-R format? And that's six discs total?

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  4. What Day Will It Be Released

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    1. yes what day ?, i am losing in it here , i cannot wait !!!!

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  5. What Day Will It Be Released

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  6. yes please! , post it already i don't have the patience to wait :P

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  7. are we gonna wait another three years for this?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????!?!

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  8. In next update can you share few screenshots from finished project (restored and added scenes)? ;D

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  9. In searching on eBay today, I came across this release:

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=141613098704

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  10. Appears to be an Indian/Sri Lankan VCD edition of the Trilogy. I didn't notice it listed within your sources.

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  11. anybody have a download link for this? this looks great

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