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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis: Special Edition [Blu-ray] (1984)

Gustav Frohlich , Brigitte Helm , Fritz Lang , Giorgio Moroder  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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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, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 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 Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J7K964
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,116 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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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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259 of 277 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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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
Not all that good
Published 5 hours ago by edgardo a cordero
5.0 out of 5 stars Get both the movie and the book
A classic film that has entered our pop culture collective conscious. The message of the film still remains as poignant today thus this film has withstood the test of time. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by anonymous rogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is such a classic and it is wonderful to have the complete film finally available.
Published 4 days ago by cld
5.0 out of 5 stars nice restoration effort of limited
Classic movie..........interesting interpretation of the future.........nice restoration effort of limited sources
Published 6 days ago by Kevin Morrissey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
One of my favorite movies of all time.
A work of art!!!!!
Giorgio Moroder's score adds new richness to a timeless piece.
Published 7 days ago by janmwilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great films of all time, but love this version with the Queen soundtrack.
Published 9 days ago by VintageKary
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential watch!
It's great to see this movie with the lost footage. It was a great move to start with! Every sci-fi fan needs to see Metropolis! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mark Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful restoration of a true motion picture classic
"Metropolis" like you've never seen it before, with every single frame of footage that can possibly be included in what was once a horribly-butchered film. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Eric Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Must Have Movie
A veritable classic. Love it.
Published 22 days ago by Carolyn Usher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic sci-fi.
Published 23 days ago by drtotten
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Don't expect great video quality
Watched it last night, not worth the extra for Blu ray. Picture quality is awful compared to The Complete Metropolis.
Nov 27, 2011 by S. Sargent |  See all 2 posts
Why has Amazon pulled this?
I had preordered also, it arrived (finally) yesterday. Watched it last night, didn't see anything wrong with the movie or the packaging. Don't know why it was pulled.
Nov 27, 2011 by S. Sargent |  See all 2 posts
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