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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis: Special Edition (1984)

Gustav Frohlich , Brigitte Helm , Fritz Lang , Giorgio Moroder  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury
  • Directors: Fritz Lang, Giorgio Moroder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (662 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J7K950
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Freder Fredersen (Gustav Frohlich) is the son of Joh Fredersen (Alfred Able), who reigns over the great city of Metropolis. Freder is surprised to discover his lifestyle has been built on the unseen but backbreaking labor of an entire class of unseen workers who tend the machines that make the city run--and he descends to the subterranean levels of Metropolis in an effort to understand their lives... and, not incidentally, to find the mysterious but beautiful woman Maria (Brigitta Helm) who has inspired his interest in the workers' plight. But his father is concerned by both Freder's interest and Maria's activities among the workers, and he turns to scientist C.A. Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) for aid. Rotwang has created a robot, and he agrees to give it the likeness of Maria in order to undermine both Freder's love for the girl and her own activities. But Rotwang has a hidden agenda of his own: once the robot has been unleashed, he will use her to destroy Metropolis and thereby exact revenge on Joh Fredersen for past transgressions against him.

In 1981, 3-time Academy Award Winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a three-year endeavor to restore the science fiction classic, Metropolis. During this restoration Moroder made the controversial decision to give a film a new, contemporary score and added a pop music soundtrack featuring songs from some biggest pop and rock stars of the early MTV era including Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and more! In addition, to the new score, missing footage was re-edited into the film, intertitles were removed and replaced with subtitles and sound effects and color was added, creating an all new experience... and an all new film. For more than a quarter century, this version of the film has remained out of print, until now. A new HD transfer was created from one of the few remaining prints available and Kino Lorber is presenting the film in the best possible quality, as it was seen in its original release in August 1984.

SPECIAL FEATURES: ''The Fading Image'' Produced by Giorgio Moroder, this rare 1984 short subject documentary chronicles Moroder's restoration of Metropolis (never before available on any home video format and not seen in 27 years), The Original Theatrical Trailer, Photo Gallery, and a special liner notes introduction written by Giorgio Moroder in 2011 for this special edition. New 5.1 audio mix (in addition to the original 2.0 stereo mix)

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565 of 603 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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261 of 281 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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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First is Still the Best August 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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 Ground breaking SciFi classic
What a vision for 1927 and without the help of CGI. I had a copy of Metropolis from before, but with the missing segments restored into it the story is completely different. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robert J Pruett
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic
Classic SF Movie on DVD
Published 8 days ago by A. R. Monahan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Visual Feast or a Broken-backed Mess?
It is both ironic and unfortunate that Fritz Lang is best remembered for one of his worst films. When he had finished Metropolis in 1926 he declared himself dis-satisfied with the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful idea and now brings this masterpiece full circle
The new material is presented in a slightly different fashion so we are aware that these are the new images.It's a wonderful idea and now brings this masterpiece full circle. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mary Ann Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars 1920s silent classic becomes a 1980s rock opera
How do you make a 60-year-old classic silent film accessible to a contemporary audience? Why turn it into a music video, of course! Read more
Published 12 days ago by E. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Great product. Quality of the remaster outstanding.
Published 17 days ago by Jess Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
Before you jump to the obvious conclusion from the review title; let me explain; I did not originally see Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis for many years, as it was released sometime... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Takeshi Tetsuryu
5.0 out of 5 stars Avantgarde in film
With kudos to the AMC channel presenting this 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction film movie as part of the Essentials I would never have come across this movie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Simone
5.0 out of 5 stars It's "Happy Dance" time!
Saw this when his version came out! Incredible! The music only illuminates the great work of Lang! This is the first time I was aware that it was available to both buy and/or... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Georgia Arehart
4.0 out of 5 stars great that Amazon makes it available for us
Classic movie, great that Amazon makes it available for us.
Published 24 days ago by Salvador Rigel
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