The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a re-mastered and re-edited version of The Godfather Part III, is available for rent for $4 or purchase for $13 from Amazon.
The film has a different beginning, a different ending, and reordering of some key scenes, director Francis Ford Coppola says in his discussion of the film. In addition, sound and video have been remastered to improve overall quality.
Coppola introduces the film with a preview in the video above from Paramount Pictures.
“Many scenes throughout have been repositioned and the picture has been given I think, a new life, which does in fact act as an illumination of what the two films meant” said Coppola.
You can rent the film from Amazon Prime Video for $3.99:
You can order the Blu-ray DVD plus digital format, now for about $12. The DVD was released on December 8, 2020. You can order now at: Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (Blu-ray + Digital)
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The Godfather Part III was released in 1990 to generally disappointing reviews from fans and critics. It was especially criticized for what appeared to be a rushed editing job. In his 1990 review, critic Roger Ebert wrote:
“Some of the dialogue scenes, especially in the beginning, sound vaguely awkward; the answers do not fit the questions, and conversations seem to have been rewritten in the editing room.
“Other shots – long shots, into the light, so we cannot see the characters’ lips — look suspiciously like scenes that were filmed first and dubbed later. The whole ambitious final movement of the film – in which two separate intrigues are intercut with the progress of an opera being sung by Anthony — is intended to be suspenseful but is so confusing, we are not even sure which place (Sicily, Rome, London?) one of the intrigues is occurring. The final scene of the movie, which is intended to echo Marlon Brando’s famous death scene, is perfunctory and awkward.”
Fans of The Godfather hope that Coppola has remedied those issues and brought back a film that deserves a place alongside Godfather I and II.
Below is the official trailer.