These comments will be posted in both the Opus 1 and 2 IFDB pages.
I laughed, i cried i was wrapped up in the world of the Corleone family again for a while and it was a marvel. I have personally never seen a chronological edit before and shoot me down in flames i think i actually preferred it. To concentrate on the ascendance of Vito Corleone without being pulled into Michael's story in part 2 was so much more engaging. Robert De Niro is a master. The inserted scene when Fannuci is trying to marry off his daughters to Vito while helping himself to the dresses was a masterclass in acting and thank god you reinserted this scene into your Opus...just beautiful.
As i am not up to date with the scenes that were reinserted in the various cuts over the years - i can't comment fully but i did look at the supplement disc of my bluray boxset after i watched these edits to jog my memory on what scenes had been omitted from the theatrical versions, and i am thrilled that they now have full pride of place in Opus 1 & 2 . More Clemenza - what is there not to love - but far less (none) Tom Hagen in part 3 was a mistake and i wonder if Copolla regrets the decision not to pay Robert Duvall the wage he wanted.. after all i think he is integral to the story and could have been a real focal point in the culmination ..maybe even taking a bullet for the boss.
I only found a couple of things that pulled me out of the edits and that was your inserted Vegas footage, the first scene of the three looked like the cars were from the 60's or 70's . I could have sworn i see a Dodge hatchback...i maybe wrong and will take another look. I noticed a lot of loud popping and crackling during GF 3 - especially when the helicopter is massacring the Don's , underbosses and soldiers at the hotel meeting. I watched the MP4 versions - i am not sure if this is the case with blurays.
Anyway - thanks for all the hard work you put into making these - they are definitely my new go to versions and bluray's will be burned and placed on the shelf next to my Copolla restoration boxset....i imagine a new 4K set will be released for next years 50th Anniversary.
I love the chronological structure -and dare i say it - as an alternative -someone could probably turn this epic into 10 one hour episodes in a series format or am i taking it too far by saying that. It might appease a less patient audience.
Now "Drop the Gun, grab the Canolli" and contact Wraith for a copy of this masterpiece.
Owner's replyAugust 21, 2021
Thanks for the review, it’s always appreciated. I should note AMC did chop it all up into a number of episodes, but they cut over 25 mins and bloated it out with recaps, and titles front and back to claim it was the longest restored version, but it was not. Plus it was censored for violence too. That’s why I tackled this edit.
Apart from some required colour correction, audio equalization and still framing in certain edits (no doubt from the source material available and to add textual superimposition) both 'The Godfather: Don Vitos Opus' and 'The Godfather: Michaels Opus' would be the final word on this trilogy. This edit is the penultimate and is superb! A 'must have' for any respectable collector. My hats off to WRAITH! In an era of binge watching - this is a fine way to spend 10 hours in your home theatre. Highest recommendation!
Again - Exceptional!!
Reviewers note: (The .mp4 version is fine for smaller screens like laptops or 46 inch televisions - but if you have a larger screen and want the quality and true appreciation for the work produced here make sure to get the Uber Size download. I watched it on my 65 inch 4K Samsung Television which is ISF Calibrated, and it is nearly flawless! Also be sure to turn off the factory default settings on your television, especially the 120Hz or 240Hz option and do a minimum calibration for your viewing environment.)
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Owner's replyJuly 25, 2021
Apart from a heartfelt thanks, a huge KUDOS to you for pinting out both the UBER size files and more importantly, he need to switch off modern TVs various settings that RUIN many movies. I'm delighted you enjoyed it...
A dream come true! Being 54 and French, I only knew the films and had the chance to see the Saga in France when it was first broadcast. But at the time I had no VCR. Just a vague souvenir. Seeing now this incredible reconstructed version based on the Saga, the Epic, the Trilogy and the Novel for television, it is everything I had ever dreamt of! Wraith, you made my day! And what an incredible job you did on this edit! Everything seems perfect to me, sound, editing and narrative! I don't even know how to thank you for such a wonderful experience, except by telling you thank you and keep up the excellent job!
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Owner's replyJuly 18, 2021
Je suis touché par votre gentillesse, ravi que vous soyez ravi; et maintenant, la deuxième partie attend !
So, I watched both Don Vito's Opus and Michael's Opus over the course of a long weekend. These are perfect - This is the way these films should be watched. Incredible and highly recommended. Great job on both!
Fantastic edit! This is the best version of my favorite film(s) ever. I thought I'd seen all the footage these last 40 years or so, but certainly not like this. The edit is flawless and with great sound! Highly recommended.