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The Godfather films individually on 4K in October

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“The Godfather” films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, are getting individual 4K UHD Blu-ray releases in both standard (pictured above) and SteelBook forms on October 11th via Paramount Home Entertainment, according to retailers.  This includes The Godfather (1972) and its sequels The Godfather: Part II and The Godfather: Coda – The Death of Michael Corleone (1990/2020).

The first film starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Sterling HaydenJohn Marley, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, and Al Martino.  The second film starred Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Bruno KirbyGastone Moschin, Michael V. Gazzo, Lee Strasberg, Gianni Russo, Joe Spinell, and Abe Vigoda.  The third film, recut in 2020 from the original version of “The Godfather: Part III” (1990), starred Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, Sofia Coppola, Briget Fonda, George Hamilton, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, and Raf Vallone.

You can find the standard and SteelBook versions of the films all available for preorder now over at Amazon.  For the standard versions, just click their titles further above.  You can find the SteelBooks below with their Amazon preorder links for each.

The releases will each come in the form of just the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc and a digital code (copy) of the film.  No Blu-ray Disc counterparts will be included.  I repeat, no Blu-rays will be included with these releases.  The bonus materials will be only those included on the 4K discs.  I’ll be updating this post later with a full rundown of those contents for each film [disc].

Finally, there will NOT be an individual 4K UHD Blu-ray release of “The Godfather: Part III” but you can find that, as a bonus disc, in the previously released trilogy sets on the format.

“The Deer Hunter” on 4K UHD Blu-ray in May

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The 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 26th via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). It’s worth noting that this will mark the first feature-film 4K release for the distributor and more on that a bit later. This film was the winner of 5 Oscars (Academy Awards) including Best Picture and was directed by Michael Cimino. It starred Robert De NiroJohn Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, and Christopher WalkenTech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been announced, as they are still in production, but stay tuned for a later update. UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. You can also preorder it directly via Shout! Factory’s website and get a bonus. Stay tuned for an update when more retailers list this title for preorder. I’m also happy to report that Justin Beahm of Reverend Entertainment has announced today that he will be producing (working on new bonus materials) for this release. That’s all of the info regarding the release we know for now but there will definitely be an update later in the coming months.

EDITORIAL NOTE: I’m very excited to see the folks over at Shout! Factory finally doing a feature-length (non-IMAX) 4K physical release. I, like most of you, look forward to seeing what they do here with this proven format, given their amazing record of work with 4K restorations that they have released on the Blu-ray format. This is a very important thing to see a distributor like this continue to back the physical 4K format and we all should be thankful and, of course, we are all eager to see if this will eventually include titles from Scream Factory as well someday. This being said, the state of physical media is strong tonight as I type this and should be in the foreseeable future.