Synopsis: Michael Corleone, now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire. That successor could be fiery Vincent, but he may also be the spark that turn's Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. This special director's cut includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues. The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola's original intentions for the film.
Main Feature: I have always been a defender of "The Godfather, Part III." Yes, it pales in comparison to Parts I and II, but it is still a fantastic film standing out on its own. With that in mind, the re-edit by Coppola doesn't do much in drastic changes, but the simple act of rearranging select scenes (notably, Michael meeting with the archbishop of the Vatican now opening the film) establishes a completely different context for the film. I am sure those who don't care for Part III will bother to agree with me, and will still not care for the film. But to someone like me, who appreciates film and its makings, knows that so much in telling a story is in the editing process. Paramount permitted Coppola to do it his way (albeit, all these years later) at long last, and the product feels different. The quality of acting also remains topnotch, its greatest selling point. Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire all shine. I even say that Sofia Coppola wasn't as bad as she's made out to be. The problem was the writing with the role, and you can only do so much with what is dealt to you. Still, "The Godfather, Coda" is refreshed with the minor redesign.
Bonus Features: Only a digital copy code is part. Not a single other extra. I am pretty sure new stuff will be saved for the original's 50th anniversary that will more than likely trigger a massive 4K set release of all three films. I only wish both versions of Part III will be included.
Final Call: Call it "Part III" all you want, but I never refused an offer for a new take on Michael Corleone in "The Godfather, Coda."