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Francis Ford Coppola
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia,
Writing Credits:
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Set in 1979, an aging Don Michael Corleone is striving to legitimize his family investments and secure a peaceful future for his beloved children. But his hothead nephew has different ideas which could put an end to Michael's dreams.

Box Office:
$54 million.
Opening Weekend:
$6,387,271 on 1820 Screens.
Domestic Gross:

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Dolby Vision
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Russian Dolby 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Italian Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
Japanese Dolby 5.1
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby 5.1
Czech Dolby 5.1 (Coda Only)
Polish Dolby 2.0 (Coda Only)
German Dolby 5.1 (Coda Only)
Latin Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
Czech (Coda Only)
Slovenian (Coda Only)
Supplements Subtitles:
Latin Spanish

Runtime: 162 min. (Theatrical)
170 min. (1991 Cut)
158 min. (Coda)
Price: $89.99
Release Date: 3/22/2022

• Three Versions of the Film
• Audio Commentary from Director Francis Ford Coppola
Coda Introduction from Director Francis Ford Coppola


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The Godfather Part III [4K UHD] (1990)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 15, 2022)

21 years after I first discussed 1974ís The Godfather Part III, this 2022 4K release becomes my sixth (!) review of the film. As such, Iíll skip the usual long-winded examination of the film, but you can click right here for a full review.

To summarize: I donít think The Godfather Part III offers a terrible film. Even with all its flaws, it still maintains a fairly interesting experience.

Nonetheless, itís not one about which I can conjure too many positive things to say. The more I ponder it, the more problems I remember and the less I care for it.

I could keep going and provide more defects in the film, but Iíll leave it alone. Suffice it to say that the Godfather saga should have stopped with Part II.

Note that this package includes three versions of Godfather Part III. On one disc, we find the movieís 1990 theatrical cut (2:41:42) as well as a 1991 Final Directorís Cut (2:50:08) that made up all home video versions for decades.

A separate platter provides Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2:37:55), director Francis Ford Coppolaís rejiggering of the film. So much for that ďFinal Directorís CutĒ appellation!

The link earlier in the review goes to my discussion of the 1991 video version. I looked at Coda via a separate article you can find right here.

This 4K became my first look at the 1990 theatrical edition since I actually saw it on the big screen back then. The 1991 video version adds about eight minutes and tinkers with some other scenes, but I canít claim either works better than the other. The flaws in Part III run too deep for some minor alterations to cure them.

The same goes for Coda. Coppola mucked around and muddled with the film in a variety of ways that ultimately seem minor. Though the director treated Coda like a revelation, it really just offered more of what we already knew without anything to improve the film Ė and some changes that actively harm it.

While I donít prefer any of the three cuts to the other, I do feel happy that this package includes all existing editions of Godfather Part III. Although none of them works much for me, I like the fact fans get a choice.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus C

The Godfather Part III appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Though the least appealing of the three movies, the Dolby Vision transfer provided a fairly impressive visual presentation.

Sharpness worked fine. Occasional slight soft shots emerged, but the majority of the flick brought nice accuracy and delineation.

Moirť effects and jagged edges caused no noticeable concerns, and I noticed no edge enhancement. Source flaws were absent, and with a nice layer of grain, I suspected no problematic use of noise reduction.

In terms of palette, the film often maintained a reddish-golden tone. Within its choices, the colors looked solid, and they came across as accurate and concise as a whole. The discís HDR added range and dimensionality to the tones.

Black levels were reasonably deep and dark, and shadow detail looked appropriately clear but not excessively opaque. HDR brought impact and heft to contrast and whites. This turned into a satisfying transfer.

All three of the Godfather films offered Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtracks remixed from the original material. However, the first two worked from monaural stems, whereas Part III reconfigured a mix that already provided multichannel sound.

During its 1990 theatrical run, Part III used a Dolby Surround track. As such, it should have given us the strongest auditory experience, and it lived up to those expectations via this good mix.

For the most part, the soundfield remained oriented toward the front speakers. There the music showed decent stereo separation, and a variety of elements cropped up from the side channels. These blended well and created a good layer of atmosphere.

The surrounds contributed mild punch at times Ė such as during a helicopter attack scene or an opera sequence Ė but usually they stayed fairly subdued and focused on reinforcement of the forward spectrum. Nonetheless, they did what they needed to do and gave the audio a good sense of place.

Audio quality held up well after the last 20-plus years. Speech sounded natural and concise, without edginess or other distractions. Music displayed nice range and vibrancy, as the score appeared full and rich.

Effects also demonstrated solid definition. Those elements showed good accuracy and packed a decent punch when necessary, such as during the more violent sequences. All in all, this was a consistently positive auditory experience.

How did the 4K UHD compare to the 2008 Blu-ray for the ďFinal Directorís CutĒ? Both came with identical audio options.

Differences came via the Dolby Vision image, though. It brought the expected improvements in terms of definition, colors and blacks. As noted, this remained the least attractive of the three films, but the 4K still became a nice upgrade over the Blu-ray.

Expect similar views of Coda, as both Blu-ray and 4K offered the same audio. Because Coda gave us a superior image compared to the 2008 Blu-ray, the 4K boasted less of an upgrade, but it still fared better than its BD counterpart.

Only one extra appears here: the same audio commentary from director Francis Ford Coppola that appeared on the prior releases and accompanies the 1991 cut of the film. Once again, the director provides a running, fairly screen-specific affair.

I enjoyed his discussions of the prior two films, and he adds another largely compelling piece for III, though I admit I find it to be the least interesting of the three. Part of that stems from my general lack of enthusiasm for the movie, but Iíve been entertained by commentaries that accompanied other flicks I hated, so that factor doesnít explain the apparent decline.

Instead, I think this commentary feels less satisfying because Coppola seems to be on the defensive much of the time. The reception accorded Part III appeared to leave him somewhat bitter, especially due to the criticism leveled at his daughter Sofia.

Coppola seems to feel she did a good job, as he frequently defends her during the track and appears to believe that people slammed her as an indirect attack on him. I think heís wrong, but his affection for Sofia offers some of the commentaryís most touching moments, such as when he chokes up a little because her character cries.

The track for Part III probably suffers from a few more empty gaps than I heard during the first two films, but once again, I donít mind these terribly. Due to the length of the movie, itís almost inevitable that some blank spots will occur.

Overall, Coppola provides a reasonable amount of interesting information about Part III, but I feel the details lack appropriate depth. For example, he addresses some of the issues I discuss during my review, such as the differences in Michaelís character.

However, he makes it sound as though he changed the tone and the role for no particular reason. I donít get a real feel for the cause behind the shift.

Perhaps there was no reason other than a desire to do things differently. Coppola seems generally unenthused about Part III as a whole, and his remarks leave me with the impression he did the film mainly for the money and the increased exposure. His stature had declined badly through the Eighties, and he needed something to spark his presence again.

As a guaranteed ďAĒ-list project, a new Godfather film did that, but it feels like his heart wasnít really in it. He even mentions the peculiar form of hell that comes with continually being asked to remake the same movie.

As such, many of the filmís changes appear to come just for the sake of change, and Coppola doesnít do much to justify them here. Ultimately, the commentary seems good but not great, and I definitely prefer the tracks that accompany the earlier films.

Alongside Coda, we find an introduction from director Francis Film Coppola. In this one-minute, 32-second piece, he gives us a few minor thoughts about Coda. Donít expect many insights. While not a bad film per se, The Godfather Part III really doesnít deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as its two predecessors. From some poor acting to a contrived plot, weak dialogue, and a myriad of other concerns, Part III remains reasonably interesting for the most part, but it fails to even remotely approach the levels achieved by the earlier classics. The 4K UHD boasts very good picture and audio along with a fairly interesting commentary.

The Godfather Part III is a film Iíll likely revisit occasionally out of curiosity, but I doubt Iíll ever care much for it, as it doesnít provide a strong conclusion to the Corleone saga. Itís the weakest film of the series.

Note that as of March 2022, The Godfather Part III 4K UHD can only be purchased as part of a multi-disc ďGodfather TrilogyĒ set. It comes with 1972ís Godfather, 1974ís Godfather Part II and three cuts of 1990ís Godfather Part III as well as a bonus disc.

To rate this film, visit the Boxed Set review of THE GODFATHER PART III

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