From: Joseph Failla
To: Glenn Kenny
Sept 16, 2008, 12:40 a.m.
I hear the new Godfather restorations are an improvement, and look as good as they ever did, but they do not live up to the expectations set by the home theater crowd. Apparently Gordon Willis, who supervised the operation, went back and duplicated the look the films had when they originally premiered. When you think of it, what more can you ask? I mention this because I think the new discs will disappoint a lot of guys who expect each new release to surpass the last. More than likely the Godfather restorations will become the focal point in the argument of how good a film should look on home video.
I always imagined that Willis would stick as closely as possible to his original intentions. Although he did say in reference to the darkness prevailing in Godfather Part Two, that maybe he went too far in that one. So when you hear something like that, you wonder what he might do with a second pass at it. Apparently, it retains that darkness and even the grain. Possibly more grain than the first releases. I'm excited to see these regardless.
This makes an interesting comparison to Storraro's theories and reformating his own work.
From: Glenn Kenny
To: Joseph Failla
Sept. 16, 2008, 12:59 a.m.
Not to be disrespectful or vulgar, but the "home theater crowd" can go eat a bag of dicks.
I've looked at about an hour of the Blu-ray of One, and I admit they did a very bold thing. They reproduced the film with all the grain, with all the blown-out whites of the wedding scene...all the same "imperfections" that made the studio people want to fire Willis. And help make Godfather the glorious film it is. I'll be looking at a lot more in detail soon.
There's no fucking hope for these people, I swear.
To be continued.