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Godfather, The

The Coppola Restoration
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 136 (Nov 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri & Diane Keaton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.0
DD Sound Rating: 4.0
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
All the feature films contain audio commentary tracks by Francis Ford Coppola. The Supplemement Discs (Discs Four and Five) contain all special features and are mislabled. Disc Four is labeled as containing the 2001 archival supplements, but indeed it actually has the

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13135
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence and Language
(Retail Price): $72.99
(DVD Type): Five-Disc Set: DVD-9/5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 177
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/23/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Francis Ford Coppola
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
The three

Story Synopsis:
In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola

DVD Picture:
While the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is a noticeable improvement over the previously released DVD (Issue 55), it still has its issues. Resolution is improved, but, unlike other recently released catalog titles of a similar age, it still appears soft and dated. Black levels are improved but still slightly elevated. Shadow delineation has been improved greatly, with the near-black detail easily discerned. The greatest improvement of this release, though, is in the cleaning of the source element, with dirt and hair completely removed. It is a very clean picture in this regard. Contrast has been improved, with brighter whites (and no blooming). Outdoors, though, the image can still appear washed out. Colors are more naturally saturated, and the color scheme maintains the almost sepia-toned look of the original. Compression artifacts can be recognized at times, but edge enhancement has been toned down greatly. (Danny Richelieu)

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