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The Complete Metropolis [Blu-ray] (1927)

Brigitte Helm , Alfred Abel , Fritz Lang  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYROK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Metropolis [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A never-before-seen 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of Metropolis – as well as an interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, in Buenos Aires, and the Trailer to the 2010 restoration.

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Fritz Lang's Metropolis belongs to legend as much as to cinema. It's a milestone of sci-fi and German expressionism. Yet the story makes minimal sense, and the "theme" belongs in a fortune cookie; to experience the film's pagan power, you have to see the movie. But for decades we couldn't, not really--not with so many versions, all incomplete, often in public-domain prints like smudged photocopies. This Murnau Foundation restoration changes all that. Some shots, scenes, and subplots may be lost forever, but intertitles indicate how they fit into the original continuity and the characters' individual trajectories. Most crucially, the images are crisp, vibrant, and three-dimensional instead of murky and flattened. The composite sequences (the Tower of Babel, a sea of lusting eyes) have been restored to their hallucinatory ferocity. And there's one moment when you can see a bead of sweat roll down a man's cheek--in medium long-shot. --Richard T. Jameson

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Metropolis takes place in the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers, who must live in the dark underground, and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets, heart-pounding action and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of classic science fiction cinema. Kino International is proud to announce this first time ever Blu-ray of the new restoration of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction masterpiece METROPOLIS, now with 25 minutes of lost footage and the original Gottfried Huppertz score. SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: - Original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, conducted by Frank Strobel presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround - Limited Edition Collectible 3-D Lenticular Packaging - Voyage to Metropolis, a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered - 2010 re-release trailer

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556 of 593 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last May 24, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS was very successful with both critics and audiences when it debuted in 1927 Berlin--but it was thereafter edited for distribution by Channing Pollock, who disliked it and removed great chunks of the film and substantially altered the storyline. The resulting film was admired for its visual style, but it proved a critical and box office disappointment. Neglected in the wake of sound, surviving prints of the film were left to corrode and decay--and when it began to reach the home market via VHS and DVD the results were very hit or miss; Blackhawk released a fairly credible version of the truncated film to home video, but for the most part the quality of these releases varied from barely mediocre to downright unwatchable.
Until now.
A great chunk of METROPOLIS--perhaps as much a quarter of more--has been forever lost, but this Kino Video DVD release offers the single best version of the film available. The previously cut footage that still exists has been restored; gaps in the film have been bridged by the occasional use of stills and explanatory title cards; the film itself has been painstakingly and digitally restored; and the soundtrack is the Gottfried Huppertz original created for the film's 1927 Berlin debut. In seeing this version of METROPOLIS, I was struck by how very differently it reads from the previously available truncated version. The visual style and the story itself are much more exciting and cohesive, and in the wake of this restoration it becomes impossible to deny the film status as landmark of international cinema.
Freder Fredersen (Gustav Frohlich) is the son of Joh Fredersen (Alfred Able), who reigns over the great city of Metropolis.
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241 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUMPING MY REVIEWS: ALL EDITIONS REVIEWED HERE February 24, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Length: 4:35 Mins
**EDIT 1/5/13: ADDED REVIEW OF 2011 KINO "GIORGIO MORODER PRESENTS METROPOLIS" BLU-RAY/DVD**

**EDIT 12/9/10: ADDED REVIEW OF 2010 KINO "THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS" BLU-RAY/DVD**

**EDIT 12/9/10: ADDED REVIEW OF 2010 REGION-B EUREKA "METROPOLIS" BLU-RAY**

**ORIGINAL REVIEW 2/24/03: REVIEW OF 2003 KINO "METROPOLIS" DVD

I'm lumping my reviews together, just like what Amazon is doing! The above 4 video editions of the German silent classic will be covered in this review. Also, see my video clip on the left to see disc covers, film clip comparisons, etc. (Those who can't see my video clip, especially iOS users who can't see flash video, please go to Amazon's FULL site and look under my review for the comment section, where I posted an external link to the video.)

Released in 1927, amid the golden age of the silent film era, Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS is a stylistic tour-de-force that has remained influential for the rest of the century, inspiring films from "Frankenstein" in 1931, "Bladerunner" in 1982, to "Dark City" in 1997. With its imaginative set design, elaborate photography, bold editing, and its then groundbreaking special effects, this German sci-fi silent classic exemplifies the highly inventive period of German Expressionism, which also include such film masterworks as "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligaru", "Nosferatu", "The Last Laugh", and Lang's "Die Nibelungen".

In 2011, Kino released the 1984 "Giorgio Moroder" version of the classic on Blu-ray and DVD. This version controversially contains a rock score accompaniment which, to many people, myself included, is quite inappropriate for the film. Moroder, a record producer and an Oscar-winning songwriter ("Take My Breath Away", "Flashdance...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First is Still the Best August 18, 2002
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Austrian director Fritz Lang and his wife, Thea Von Harbou, made this first-ever science fiction film in Germany in 1926. While all extant copies are in poor to bad condition, the story and cinematography are so wonderful as to still hold the interest of a large audience.
There are many versions of this film on the market, with running times anywhere from 63 to 139 minutes, but this is by far my favorite. While it only has an 81 minute running time, it is actually one of the most complete versions available, because Georgio Moroder went back to the original script, and using still photos from the production, reinserted scenes that were cut from the film for it's American release. (The Nazis destroyed all original German prints of the film, as well as the negative.) The intertitles, which accounted for about 20 minutes of the film's running time, were replaced with subtitles, and his version uses the 24-frames-per-second projector speed that modern films are shown at, while the longer versions are shown at the historically correct 18-frames-per-second. He trimmed more time off by careful editing, to give the film a more contemporary pacing.
He also added a "contemporary" score, as well as subtle washes of color, which actually aids in understanding the film, while not detracting from Karl Fruend and Guenther Rittau's marvelous b&w cinematography. In fact, in some of the scenes where the film has been severely damaged, it helps accentuate the contrast.
There are many classic images in this film, including shots of the city (where monorails and bi-planes coexist), but the best known is probably Brigitte Helm as "Hel" the robot. In fact, people who have never seen, or even heard of the film have seen clips of Rotwang (Hel's creator) and Hel in the laboratory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An age old struggle
Way ahead of its time! A great silent movie showing the "blue collar" struggle in its early stages with great early stage art.
Published 13 days ago by Timothy Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars This review is for the standard (not Blue Ray) Kino edition.
I have to say I am disappointed in the picture quality here - "Kino has chosen to present the film exactly as it appeared in 1984, mastered from an archival print". Read more
Published 13 days ago by David Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis
Amazing futuristic movie fortelling the growth of technology. Extremely visionary considering that it was produced in 1927. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ed Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked the previous edited Metropolis film better
This film borders on lite porn...I heard that the female star despised this director.

She was then very young. Read more
Published 22 days ago by book viking
3.0 out of 5 stars A very odd classic
I'm not qualified to tell you how this is a classic and an important piece of film, so I won't. I am qualified to tell you that the film comes to us after being edited and chopped,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis transformed.
I had only seen previous DVD versions of Metropolis and had decided it wasn't quite the masterpiece I expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roman Totale
5.0 out of 5 stars One great movie. One even better soundtrack!
You may have watched Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' before. It's one of my favorite movies, and this is my favorite edition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film with an excellent soundtrack!
I first saw this film in 1984 when it was released. The Giorgio Moroder soundtrack brings this film alive!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wARNING FOR THJE FUTURE!
Ironically late 1920s German warning about technology run amok!Still has value in the age of the internet.We most NOT LET TECHNOLOGY CONTROL US!
Published 1 month ago by rh
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Korn
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Dear Amazon: Please Fix Reviews Database
You hit the nail on the head. I get so tired of reading a review and then finding out it was for a VHS version or some other DVD version that was released a few years ago, and not the most current edition I'm the most interested in. And this is not only for 'Metropolis', but for ANY movie/TV show... Read more
Dec 26, 2010 by E. Bennett |  See all 5 posts
The "Metropolis" version shown on PBS
Sorry I added the same question but didn't know the version I am looking for was the one you mentioned in an earlier post---the PBS broadcast---maybe the Giorgio Moroder version is the one I am thinking of. Is that available, do you know?
Sep 2, 2007 by William G. Collins |  See all 17 posts
Complete Metropolis -- Defective DVD?
Mr. Bennett, I too am looking forward to buying this version on DVD. In my opinion, Metropolis is one of the all time classics of cinema. The problem you've experienced is disturbing to say the least. I will track this discussion, and would respectfully ask that you update your situation with any... Read more
Jan 1, 2011 by gork57 |  See all 6 posts
fullest version?
The Kino Complete Metropolis has the most footage by over a half an hour of recently discovered film in Buenos Aries. The thing about silent films is they are sometimes run at different speeds. Thus the longer running time. The Kino "Complete Metropolis" is the definitive version to... Read more
Jul 28, 2013 by Shawn Steinbach |  See all 2 posts
The "rock" music version?
No. You're looking for the Giorgio Moroder Version. (Only on VHS) legally.
Sep 4, 2007 by James Wyatt |  See all 13 posts
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