I watched this version edited by Wraith and all I can say is he has the Midas Touch when it comes to editing and restoration skills. This version just flows better and I much prefer this ending. Watching this as 'La Fine', after watching the first 2 Movie Extended versions of his, it was an all around very satisfying experience, all of his versions are pure perfection as anyone will see if the have basically 10 hours to watch all 3. This is now the copy I will watch with friends and family. As it's far superior to the original theatrical version.
This extended version of the final chapter of the Godfather series is a vast improvement 0ver the original, and it begs the question...
Why the hell did Francis Ford Coppola not create this version, and release it to the cinemas back in 1990. Regardless, there were still two key weaknesses in the movie...
Firstly, the absence of Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and substituting his character with his son, B.J. Harrison (George Hamilton) was a plot contrivance that barely managed to keep the movie believable... it was the movie equivalent of putting a patch over a puncture on a wheel. However, this notable flaw in the pre-production casting for the film could hardly be blamed on Wraith.
Secondly, Sofia Coppola's lack was acting skills was also noticeable in several key scenes, especially during the early portion of the movie when the character of Mary (Coppola) confronts her father, Michael Corleone (Pacino) during the morning breakfast on the penthouse balcony. In the scene, Mary questions her father as to whether she is merely a 'front' for the family business, kept in place just to keep a shine on her father's image. There were no other actors in the scene, only Coppola and Pacino, and the viewing audience could easily distinguish between the acting ability of her and him... and there was no way that and 18-year-old novice like her could do a better acting job than Pacino - but, again, this flaw in the movie is not the fault of Wraith.
The inclusion of the deleted scenes and the addition of the coda at the end of the movie served to elevate the film above what is was, and showed us (the audience), what it should have been all along. To a certain extent, the new film footage provided by Wraith, and especially the coda (showing the broken man that Michael Corleone eventually became in his final years), partially compensated for the flaws in Francis Ford Coppola's original production. Personally, I found the scene of the old Michael, with his soul crushed, to be the most poignant of the entire film series, and the perfect ending to the whole saga - that, and his wife's decision to light a candle for him in the church, shown in the end-credits scene.
Symbolically, Wraith's creation of a fanedit of this movie is akin to what happened to Michael Corleone in Italy. There, Michael visits Cardinal Lamberto, and the benevolent Cardinal persuades Michael to make his first confession in 30 years, during which he (Michael) tearfully confesses that he ordered the murder of his brother Fredo (in The Godfather: Part II). Lamberto states that Michael deserved to suffer for his sins, but that could be redeemed. Likewise, Francis Ford Coppola has sinned, and made everyone else suffer, by creating the original Godfather: Part III - but Wraith has redeemed Coppola by 'washing away the sins of the past' (replacing the original with this superior fanedit).
what can i say that hasn't already been said, this is an awesome edit. Aside from some bad acting, it's a great movie, and this edit just improves on it I enjoyed it alot. So thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up.
Somewhere it has been said, this release should be official and Mr. Coppola should notice it. I am sure, we can all agree on this, who have seen Wraith's release of this magnificent opus. Have watched all the 3 new releases ( Don Vito's Opus, Michael's Opus, La FIne) and have to say, the quality, the editing and the polishing of audio and video is just exceptional. Having watched the whole show almost at once, (well within 2 days) even if this is the longest cut of Godfather, I still have the feeling, some scenes should be more detailed in terms of storytelling. (At least I could watch it for another 10 hours.) Obviously, this is nothing to do with Wraith and this release. In overall, I can only say, this is the best version of a cronological cut of The Godfather.