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Original Release Date:
1972
Original Running Time:
233 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
280 minutes
Available in HD:
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
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1972
Original Running Time:
233 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
280 minutes
Available in HD:
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
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Fascinating to see the additional material and chronological ordering, certainly does make you look upon the story differently, but am torn as to whether this works "better" than the original structure.

That is hardly the point though and as far as I can tell Wraith has characteristically assembled everything flawlessly, looking forward to watching Michael's Opus.

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This was put together so incredibly well that I don't think I can watch it another way. The story felt so much better watching it in chronological order even seeing things I've never paid attention too before this is by far the best cut I've seen.

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I found this edit to be a really enjoyable and natural way of experiencing the story of the life of Vito Corleone. I have always wondered how a movie would look like that started with the flashbacks from part 2, and led into part 1, and thankfully it worked really well. For the most part, the additional scenes were really good for fleshing out the characters of Vito and Michael especially. My favourite use of this was a scene I had never seen before of Michael and Kay in bed calling Tom Hagen (I don't want to spoil too much)

All in all I found this to be a really enjoyable watch and I would highly recommend to any big fans of the Godfather franchise

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As a life long fan of The Godfather, and someone who has seen almost every version and transfer out there, I have to say this was a really awesome viewing experience for me.
The picture quality is great even on a new 4k television, I really didn’t find myself missing a higher resolution.
As far as the narrative structure and editing , it was really stellar.
As a fan and someone who will never complain about a longer runtime of the Godfather films, I have always appreciated the “deleted” scenes and I think almost all of them add to the enjoyment and the depth of the film.
In the past I have had a hard time tracking down all the extended versions and specifically which ones were edited for tv vs. the “unedited “ versions . This is great because you know you are getting all the content, at the best available quality.
Really impressed with Wraiths work on this one and I am looking forward to watching the Michael Opus next.

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The only (slight) gripe I have is the lack of English subtitles (closed captioning) for the movie. Otherwise, great movie/fanedit!

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Whereas in the past I needed a hiatus to watch part 2 because the foray into the past would exhaust me mentally, especially knowing what transpires in part 1. So whenever I would watch part 2 immediately after 1, it would have an almost stop start effect, which I'm not ashamed to say, I lack the mental stamina for. This edit, however, is seamless and I absolutely prefer this chronological edit. It felt way more immersive and intense. This is a work of great craftsmanship and I'm truly grateful to Wraith.

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