The new version achieves director/screenwriter Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale.
With Coppola overseeing everything, his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a frame-by-frame restoration of both the original film and the new cut.
In order to create the best presentation possible, Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team have been searching for over 50 original takes to replace lower resolution Opticals in the original negative – a process that has taken over six months and sifting through 300 cartons of negative (sounds like an amazing job if you can get it.)
What do you think? Are you up for choosing which way you want to watch The Godfather III, much like Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner?
Do you have a favourite alternate cut? For me it's Payback, the Mel Gibson thriller. Changes the film entirely and more novel experience than a sequel. It certainly wasn't don't for profit.