Watch: 'Emulsional Rescue' Short Doc on 'The Godfather' Restoration
"What Gordon did is create a negative that no one could mess with." In 2008, Paramount restored and re-released Francis Ford Coppola's original The Godfather trilogy in full high definition, and the result was a glorious must-have box set featuring all three movies. The restoration was supervised by Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis (who just passed away a few months ago) as well as Steven Spielberg, and this 19-minute short explores the process they went through to bring these classics back to life. Featuring interviews with Coppola, Willis, archivist Robert A. Harris, and others, it's a fun and fascinating featurette.
Thanks to The Film Stage for the tip on this video. Description from the Vimeo page: "19 minutes featurette on the restoration process and describing the original color and lighting design that this endeavor was trying to restore. Features interviews with director of photography Gordon Willis, Francis Coppola, [sic] Stephen Spielberg and restoration technicians. This includes very technical talk and picture comparisons." The featurette was written, produced and directed by filmmaker Kim Aubry, who has made a number of behind-the-scenes features previously. If you don't already own it, grab The Godfather Trilogy on Blu-ray.