The Godfather 50th anniversary trailer: Marlon Brando masterpiece returning to cinemas

The Godfather remastered trailer from Paramount Pictures

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The 1972 mafia blockbuster often tops polls of the greatest films of all time. As The Godfather marks its 50th anniversary, the Oscar-winning classic is returning to cinemas around the world including the UK on February 25, 2022. The entire trilogy has been beautifully restored under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola and will also finally be available for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD, as well as digitally, from March 21.

Coppola said of the restoration starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino: “I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life. With this 50th anniversary tribute, I’m especially proud Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is included, as it captures Mario and my original vision in definitively concluding our epic trilogy.”

The director was referring to the re-cut of The Godfather Part III, which was released last year to coincide with the third film’s 30th anniversary.

He added: “It’s also gratifying to celebrate this milestone with Paramount alongside the wonderful fans who’ve loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time.”

Andrea Kalas, Senior Vice President of Paramount Archives said: “We felt privileged to restore these films and a little in awe every day we worked on them,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president, Paramount Archives.  “We were able to witness first-hand how the brilliant cinematography, score, production design, costume design, editing, performances, and, of course, screenwriting and direction became famously more than the sum of their parts.  It was our commitment to honour all of the filmmakers’ exceptional work.”

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Paramount said of the restoration: “Coppola’s masterful film adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family and the film trilogy is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest in cinematic history.  In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the first film’s original release on March 24, 1972, Paramount and Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope undertook a painstaking restoration of all three films over the course of three years. 

“Every effort was made to create the finest possible presentation for today’s audiences who can watch the films using technology that has advanced dramatically since 2007 when the last restoration was completed by eminent film historian and preservationist Robert Harris. Using that work as a blueprint, the team spent thousands of hours to ensure that every frame was evaluated to create the most pristine presentation while remaining true to the original look and feel of the films.”

The Godfather returns to cinemas for its 50th anniversary on February 25, 2022.

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