The Godfather: Part III is being recut and re-released for its 30th anniversary, and this time it'll be a "more appropriate conclusion" to the trilogy, according to director Francis Ford Coppola.
The new version of the third and final film in the iconic mafia series will be called The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, which Coppola says was always his and screenwriter Mario Puzo's preferred title.
Coppola's new edit of the third Godfather movie will be released on Blu-ray and on digital platforms on December 8 in the UK through Paramount Home Entertainment.
"Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgement of Mario's and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III," Coppola said in a statement.
"For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues.
"With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos [chief executive of Paramount Pictures] and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it."
Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope used a 4K scan of the original negative to restore the film frame-by-frame.
"Mr Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president of Paramount Archives.
While The Godfather: Part III received generally positive reviews, it's still considered the weakest and least memorable film of the trilogy – which is exactly why it needed a recut.
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is released on Blu-ray and on digital platforms on December 8 in the UK
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