Santa Monica, CA (August 21, 2008)–POP Sound recently completed audio restoration work for Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration DVD Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. The new 5.1 mix is also being included on the 35mm Restoration film prints.
The five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray collections include fully restored versions of The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, as well as a newly remastered version of The Godfather, Part III. Under the supervision of Ron Smith, vice president of Paramount DVD mastering, and Jeff Cava, restoration project post production coordinator, POP Sound spent nearly eight months on the project, working in concert with Walter Murch, the original re-recording mixer on The Godfather, Part II and Part III.
For the first two films, POP Sound worked from the films’ original mono stems, as well as the original multi-track recordings of their musical scores. POP Sound had access to the original stereo elements for The Godfather, Part III . The re-recording mixer for POP Sound was the late Ted Hall, well-known for his work on such projects as Saturday Night Fever, Chinatownand The Last Waltz.
“We had a lot of cleanup to do to make these films sound fluid in transitions–the original mono tracks were very rough, with hard transitions,” recalled POP sound director of home theater, Moksha Bruno. “There was a massive amount of de-humming and de-clicking, as well as time alignment issues we had to deal with. The original laser disc mix had a constant hum that wasn’t apparent at the time, but with the better home theater systems of today, you begin to hear things of that nature. Essentially, Paramount wanted it to sound as if these films had been released yesterday, and with Ted Hall’s excellence, I feel we came close to achieving that.”
POP Sound also prepared 5.1 soundtracks for foreign language versions of the three films.