Godfather: Don Vito's Opus, The

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Original Release Date:
1972
Original Running Time:
233
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Fanedit Running Time:
280
Time Added:
47
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Brief Synopsis:
The Godfather, The Godfather Part 2 and 3 are monumental masterpieces. This Godfather Magnum Opus will over two movies restore all available HD material to a total run time of 602 min, with a few minutes never seen in HD, making it the longest possible chronological version ever seen and UNCENSORED!
Intention:
In 1992, The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992) was released. It features "The Godfather Saga" edit (Part 1 and 2) and The Godfather: Part III (1990) edited in chronological order with additional scenes. This was a VHS release rt 588min. This has never been available in HD and when televised, was heavily censored and in Standard definition only. A few years ago, AMC claimed to have restored it IN HD, but in fact 22 mins were taken up by credit rolls and synopsis and a further 25 min were cut for violence and run time. That over 40 minutes removed. The AMC version ran 580 min in total. I wanted to restore all the cuts AND go in and clean up poor transition, bad music timing on crossfades and even errors in the original which persist in all official versions.
Additional Notes:
The Godfather movies contain many errors which are persistent in all official versions. Apart from restoring all HD censored material to the chronological version, I have also corrected many errors and made a few minor narrative changes to improve the flow.
Other Sources:
Publicly available 1960s video of the Las Vegas strip in HD and color.
Special Thanks:
Moe_Syzlak, jrWHAG42, Heavysyde, stferguson78, flaminio, asterixsmeagol, sgp1428, grabaham, subjectzero, TheUltimate, Mako and morrigan for following my tortuous thread on this, their feedback, encouragement and support.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
As a starting point, I used The Trilogy VHS 580 min version to inform the structure. I then used The official blu rays and the AMC Novel for television for source material. Once the overall 10 hour structure was laid out, I chose to break the movie naturally at what is the end of The Godfather. I then had to rebuild all transitions to create the young Vito chronological flow, with improved music timing, better cross fades and removed all add break fade to blacks. Additional changes are listed below. All captions, subtitles and opening credits are in the correct consistent font throughout.
Cuts and Additions:
ADDITIONAL CHANGES over and above added scenes (which are spoliers if you have not seen them, so they come after this, which is spoler free):
- All new Paramount Logo
- Fanedit Logo
- All new flicker free opening titles (using actual font grabs from the onscreen version) cleaned up and stabilised
- All new subtitles across all movies in a consistent and the correct font
- Expanded subtitles where transalation is either missing or incorrect
- No massive caption at the opening in Sicily
-New Caption "Corleone, Sicily 1910" and "The Funeral of Anthonio Andolini" added
- Correctly aligned caption crossfade and music from Boy Vito to Young Vito
- Additional music work in Cafe for Vito and Clemenza
- New establishing shots for Young Vito's apartment
- Moved Baby Fredo scene for better flow and character
- Added music sting from CD to jaunty carpet theft music
- Extended walk-off of Young Vito
- Remade audio segue on jump cut to Sicily
- Re-timed baby Fredo scene
- Boy Vito to DeNiro Vito, music re positioned, crossfade re-timed, and reframed for correct alignment of captions
- Don Fanucci to Vito at Apartment. Scene brought forward, shots re-sequenced for better progression, new establishing shot of apartment
- Newly timed fade out of Young Vito and baby Michael on train
- Improved jump cut audio transition of Miami train
- New Vegas transition shots. Two new shots added to better time cross fade, replaced Patti Page marquee with a Sinatra marquee from 1960s HD material. This removes a clumsy crossfade with trees and still frames in the source material.
- Newly made crossfade from Michael and Kay speaking to Funeral (originally segeued to or from young Vito)
- Additional shots of Woltz at studio during gifting thus maintaining an unbroken pan, lost in the AMC version
- Additional compound establishing shot
- Additional looping of actor during Connies argument (which in some versions is ONLY the Italian dialogue) has been removed.
- Re-made and expanded Sollozzo with Michael subtitles where Italian is not translated
- Added shot of Vito in bed after boys visit
- Added extended shot of Tom kissing his wife
- Intermission card of 10 secs added after Cannoli scene (2h 31m)
- Removed duplicate establishing shots at night party and repurposed
- Moved Michael/Anthony bedtime scene to before the incident (as in The Saga edit). Required complete audio rebuild due to 70s blended mix.
- Added 3 shots to closing scene from Part II to make moment more dramatic and add to Kay's distancing from Michael with a slow zoom out
- New end credit roll composed of 19 travelling crop mattes with re-sequenced music from credit rolls of Part 1 and Part 2
_ many other micro tweaks not listed.

SPOLIERS FOLLOW:


ADDITIONAL SCENES in the Magnum Opus: Don Vito's Opus
In the order they appear:
The Godfather Part II additional scenes (Young Vito)

- Two of Don Ciccio's thugs arrive at the Andolini home looking for Vito.
- When Vito and Genco go backstage at the theater, there is additional footage of Don Fanucci grabing a young girl.
- Fanucci tells the theater owner that he should have more Sicilian songs and begins to sing.
- While Vito is delivering groceries, he sees three punks over on assaulting Fanucci,
- Discussion of what the attack (moved to later in the running though)
- Beginning of the scene where young Vito and Clemenza are drinking coffee, talking about the carpet Vito is to steal (scene has a pianola backing track NOT in the Theatrical version)
- Vito, Clemenza, and Tessio meet up with a gunsmith
- Clemenza hawking stolen dresses door-to-door for $5 a piece. POst scene is moved to later
- Clemenza tells Vito to bring the rest of the dresses to Dadine's Store,
- While driving, Fanucci hops aboard Vito's truck.
- Added footage at the end of Fanucci's talk with Vito in the truck.
- Added footage at the beginning of the scene where Vito, Clemenza and Tessio are eating spaghetti at Vito's house discussing how to pay Fanucci.
- There is added footage at the beginning of Vito's meeting with Signora Colombo.
- There is added footage during Vito's talk with Signor Roberto on the street.
- There is added footage before we see Signor Roberto at Vito's office.
- first meeting of young Vito and Hyman Suchowsky, but Clemenza calls him "Johnny Lips". This is young Hyman Roth.
- In a trip back to Sicily, there is additional footage of Vito's family exiting the train and walking with a small band.
- While in Sicily, Vito finds and kills two of Don Ciccio's retainers (Mosca and Strollo)
- There is additional footage of Vito and his family at the train station leaving Sicily.

The Godfather additional scenes:

- After Vito agrees to help Bonaser avenge the beating of his daughter,
- After Vito tells Hagen to go to California, Hagen tells him that the hospital called and the dying Genco Abbandando,
- After Connie's wedding reception, Vito, his sons, and Johnny Fontane go to the hospital to visit Genco,
- After a short conversation, Genco becomes weak, and Vito motions for his sons to leave the room, (additional shot addedtoo)
- Before Hagen and Jack Woltz start talking, Woltz holds a birthday party for a young actress
- After Woltz kicks Tom out after dinner, he walks to the exit, looks up, and sees Janie, crying at the top of the staircase,
- There is additional footage of Tom, Sonny and Vito discussing the Woltz situation before the horse head scene.
- Michael and Kay are in a New York hotel bed, getting a wake-up call at 3 p.m.
- There is some short extra footage of Luca Brasi walking through the hotel hallways before meeting with the Tattaglias.
- After the shooting, Sonny gets a phone call from a detective informing him
- After Sonny gets the call from Virgil Sollozzo informing him about the abduction
- There is some short extra footage of Michael in the car arriving at the mall
- After Michael meets Clemenza, he asks Hagen's wife Theresa how he is.
- After discussing Hagen enters the room.
- Before Clemenza leaves the house with Paulie, he and Rocco Lampone talk about Clemenza's car (an additional longer shot of the car)
- After they leave Clemenza's driveway, they make a stop "to call Sonny".
- Clemenza eats a meal and buys cannoli while Lampone and Gatto wait in the car.
- When Michael is hiding in Sicily, there is a scene in which his bodyguard Fabrizio asks him about New York,
- In Sicily Michael and his bodyguards see a procession of Commies marching through the hills.
- Michael visits his father's birthplace
- After Hagen makes the call to Bonasera additional scene
- After Apollonia incident there is a short scene of Michael in bed,
- After Connie hangs up the phone she walks into the bathroom where Carlo is showering (TV looping removed).
- Before Hagen asks Michael why he is being replaced as consigliere, there is some short extra footage.
- Extra footage after Michael says "You're out, Tom." These two short scenes talk about Al Neri.
- After Hagen leaves the room, Vito takes Michael out to the garden through the French doors in the study.

Don Vito's Opus 6.05
Additional Subtitles added to untransalted porition of store scene with Vito and Genco
Completely re-done Young Vito walkaway shot, using de-interlaced source (previously not available) further corrected in Topaz. As Young Vito's walk down the street now in full HD with no deinterlacing artifacts at the tail end of the shot and full Italian dialogue in sync (not the alternative take with badly looped English).
Wedding dance music fade out is 3 secs longer, with more music
Vegas transition is now 4K sourced and uses a new shot from the Martin and Lewis original source (in HD) and only one new shot from the source material "Hollywoood or Bust" from an HD source to make up the 4 sec run time of the music over black.
Vehicle anachronisms are now GONE.
The Sinatra Marquee shot is now GONE as well
Tom Hugging and kissing his wife with no deinterlacing artifacts for the longer shot...from a new de-interlaced source
No slow down in car park scene to accomodate additional dialogue previously added post camera smash up
Typo corrected in subtitles "I do" and Andolini"
Bench transition shot is now clean
Stock shot of Hollywood and plane landing from 4 K source
Additional missing tyre sound added to plane landing (since the rear wheels screech when they hit the tarmac, so the front one should as well).
Micro tweaks to sound levels in numerous places smoothing transitions
Cover art by Wraith (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Wraith is an artist, offering a perfect two-part Godfather Epic. The editing is flawless in terms of video and audio, and the choice to chronologically depict the Corleone family provided me with a narrative that I didn't know I needed. While I was never initially fond of Godfather Part II, reorganizing the plot into a direct sequence allowed me to appreciate the plot and find in more captivating. Vito's origin now serves as a bookend to Part III, where we see the Corleone family rise and fall in power. The original theatrical cuts are masterpieces in their own rights, and Wraith has optimized that experience.

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I created this account to watch this Opus and it did not disappoint. Like most American fans of cinema, I grew up with the Godfather ever present, a classic from the day it was released. Seeing this cut was like seeing it with new eyes.

The story of the Corleone family through the years is perceived differently as one ages. Watching an extended chronological cut (with deleted scenes improved and inserted masterfully) allowed for an even slower pace, a somber, tragic tempo --like the funeral band in the very first scene. I saw secondary characters and their story more clearly: Rocco Lampone joining Clemenza's crew, Willie Cicci the button-man ending up in a federal court, Johnny Lips becoming Hyman Roth. Sonny is fleshed out beyond being a hothead; his mistress Lucy Mancini and her bastard son Vincent carry more weight now. I could continue, but it's best to watch it yourself. This is the most enjoyment I've ever gotten out of part III, and a wonderful accomplishment by Wraith.

With the exception of a few brief moments where a transition was slightly less than perfect, I forgot completely what I was watching was not an official studio release. I'd long heard of but never seen the chronological cut of The Godfather, and I can't imagine there being a better version.

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Hands down the best way to watch the trilogy. Make sure to watch the Godfather: Michael's Opus after this edit.

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My reviews of the Opus 1 and 2 will be posted in both IFDB pages.

I loved both Godfather 1 and 2 (and even Godfather 3) a lot more in these edits compared to other versions of the movies. I was wrapped up in the world of the Corleone family once again and it was a sight to behold. I have never seen a chronological edit before and many may still prefer the nonchronological structure of the original versions (or the separate movies GF1 - GF2) but I loved the chronological structure more. By concentrating first on the ascendance of Vito Corleone and his inevitable end without being pulled into it all of a sudden from Michael's story in part 2, it made the story flow (at least for me) better and it felt more engaging as a result of that. Godfather 3 was more enjoyable thanks to the restoration efforts of Wraith and it felt more of an expansion of Godfather 2 while at the same time feeling like a unique story all of its own.

Thank you so much Wraith for making this version of the Godfather movies. In my opinion you have made Coppola proud and enhanced his and Puzo's creation!

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Wraith's chronological reconstruction of this cherished masterpiece highlights the bittersweet existence of the protagonist, Vito Corleone. While other reviews of this fanedit have tended to focus on the technical quality of the editing (and showing admiration for Wraith's technical expertise), I found Wraith's restructuring of the narrative itself to the the pinnacle of his efforts.

Vito Corleone's entire life (excluding the first few years of his childhood) was one of misfortune and setbacks. From a modern perspective, Vito had suffered from multiple emotional/psychological traumas (the murder of his father, brother and mother, and the attempts on his life as a child as he fled from Sicily). Those events gave Vito a twisted sense of honour, combined with a fierce sense of self-preservation: he would survive any situation, no matter the cost, either to himself (selling his soul) or anyone else (selling their soul or losing their life). This personal loss at such a young age also cemented in his mind the value of family, which was why he was so loyal to his family and to those outside the Corleone bloodline who demonstrated loyalty to him.

The restructuring of the film sequence by Wraith also makes apparent what was glossed over in the original edit from the cinema cuts when these movies were shown to audiences in the early 1970s. When Italian immigants arrived in America, there were no social services to support them to make the transition to life in America easier. There were no employment agencies or government-operated department of housing to find accommodation for the new arrivals. The mafia was able, more often than not, to establish a barter system with the Italian immigants - favours for favours. In doing so, the mafia families were able to secure their own position as the leaders of the Italian communities, arranging housing (small apartments) and jobs for the destitute newcomers. This was how the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) got his initial start in the crime 'business' and it also explained how he rose in status, because it showed how he helped the new immigrants, both when they arrived and years later when they were established. This became all the more obvious when the older Vito (Marlon Brando) was granting their requests during the reception at his daughter's wedding.

The success of the Corleone family in the criminal underworld was also the driving force that led to its downward spiral. The family had kept its hands 'clean' by only participating in prostitution, gambling and the sale of alcohol during the Prohibition Era... but power is relative, it is not an absolute. The power of the Corleone family could only be measured by the strength, or weakness, of other competing families, and since the only way for the family to remain in a position of power was to increase its economic revenue, the sons of Vito had to do what Vito himself had chosen to avoid - engage in the selling of heroin. Vito's sons, Sonny (James Caan), Tom (Robert Duvall) and Michael (Al Pacino) all chose to take the Corleone family down a far darker path, with the resulting power struggles and treachery that caused the deaths of so many men in the Italian/American community during the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

Wraith's fanedit, the reorganisation of the flow of the narrative, and the inclusion of the extra deleted scenes meant that he has achieved the impossible: he has raised the original The Godfather/The Godfather: Part 2 to the status of a modern Shakespearean Tragedy (a tragic drama).

Well done Wraith!

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