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The seven-hour Godfather Epic puts the first two films in chronological order on HBO

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Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films are towering works of cinema — or at least, the first two are — and now you can watch The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2 in a whole new way on HBO.

HBO brought back a rarely seen cut of the films this week called The Godfather Epic, which edits the two movies into chronological order in a single seven-hour film. This version of The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part 2 (1974) also includes some additional footage that weren't present in the original theatrical releases of both movies, and runs for a total of 424 minutes. You can see a rundown of The Godfather Epic's bonus scenes on The Godfather Trilogy, a fan site.

Consequence of Sound reports that a censored version of The Godfather Epic aired on NBC in 1979; a reduced 386-minute cut was released on VHS in 1981 as The Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic. The combined runtime of the theatrical versions of The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2 is 377 minutes. HBO's edition is the entire uncensored, uncut package in high definition with 5.1 surround sound.

The Godfather Part 2 features a number of flashbacks to Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) life as a child and young man (Robert De Niro) in Sicily and in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood. These are the scenes that begin The Godfather Epic, since it tells the Corleone family's story in chronological order, ending with the rise of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

You can check out a brief trailer for The Godfather Epic above. It already aired on HBO, and the network will show it again later this month, but you can watch it anytime on HBO Go or HBO Now.

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