POP Sound recently completed audio restoration work for Paramount Home Entertainment's highly anticipated release of The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration DVD Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. 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. Widely considered among the greatest movies ever made, the films were given sparkling, all-new 5.1 surround sound mixes.
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, Parts II & 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 on the project for POP Sound was the late Ted Hall, well-known for his work on such projects as Saturday Night Fever, Chinatown and The Last Waltz.)
For POP Sound, the goal of the project was to use the latest technology to make the films sound as good as possible while maintaining the integrity of the original mixes. Much of his his attention was devoted to eliminating artifacts that had affected the soundtrack over the years and addressing audio issues that were impossible to address when the films were made. "There was a lot of clean up to get it to sound fluid in transitions-the original mono tracks were rough, with rough transitions," recalled POP Sound Executive Producer for Home Theater Moksha Le Blanc. "There was a lot of de-humming and de-clicking, as well as time alignment issues 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 stuff like that.