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Individual Blu-Ray NOT Presented in Original Aspect Ratio.
on March 24, 2012
I just bought and watched the individual Blu-Ray version of The Godfather (not the version in 'the collection'). I was shocked when the movie started to play. For all the hoopla over the 'meticulous restoration,' the movie is NOT presented in it's original aspect ratio! In other words the movie is not as widescreen as originally presented.
Something seemed wrong early on, but it wasn't until some of the real wide shots - including the massacre of Sonny Corleone. In the theatrical release and earlier DVD releases, these panaramas were breathtaking. In this version they looked like a version you'd see on AMC.
What is even more offensive is that the movie included in 'The Collection' IS presented in the original aspect ratio! Why would one blu-ray version be so botched in the individual disc than in a box set. I'm amazed. Shame on me for not reading the specs closely on all the discs before I bought the disc.
Having said that, the picture quality IS amazing and I was really happy with the overall restoration. I just don't understand why Coppola would approve this altered version of his masterpiece on a Blu-ray release!
I may seem a little anal about this, but I buy DVDs and Blu-rays so that I have the closest possible version to the original. This is one reason I hated pan and scan in the early days of DVDs.
Luckily the disc only cost about $13, so I can afford to give it away. If you don't care about things like this, I totally recommend the individual disc. If are a purest, spend the extra $20 and get the collection so that you can see the film the way it was intended.