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The Complete Metropolis
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Metropolis takes place in 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 and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.
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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 5.52 Ounces
- Item model number : 15173641
- Director : Fritz Lang
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Special Edition
- Run time : 2 hours and 33 minutes
- Release date : November 16, 2010
- Actors : Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
- Producers : Erich Pommer
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Kino Lorber films
- ASIN : B0040QYROA
- Writers : Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There is currently a version on Netflix that has been digitally remastered as well as restored with footage that has been missing from all prints for decades. The restored sections were not remastered, but those scenes make up only a small portion of the print.
Also, in that other version, the music is more what you would expect for a silent film score and the result is that it meshes better than the music here.
Well restored with great care. The full story just like Lang intended, after 90 years of research and loving restoration.
As relevant today as it was when filmed. Every film buff should see this!
Second bonus disk with informative interviews and documentaries.
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It’s the sheer visual weirdness of ‘Metropolis’ that keeps one consistently entertained: the animated city (an overblown fantasy version of 1920s New York) and the staggering sets which manage to be both Gothic and futuristic at the same time (!) Then there’s a bonkers story which concerns the rebellious son of a city leader joining workers deep in the catacombs and uniting behind a female saviour called Maria - oh, and add a mad scientist into the mix (the ever-distinctive Rudolf Klein-Rogge) who complicates things by creating an evil robot version of Maria (a remarkable performance from Brigitte Helm). In fact, ’Metropolis’ features a host of actors - such as Alfred Abel, Gustav Froelich, Fritz Rasp and Theodor Loos - recognisable from other Fritz Lang, Joe May, Pabst or Murnau films.
This exemplary Eureka release has really nice period cover art (in landscape format), a hefty booklet, an informative audio commentary, plus a bonus documentary about the movie’s production and its subsequent restoration.
The newly-recorded orchestral soundtrack is the original Gottfried Huppertz score that was written to accompany the premiere of ‘Metropolis’ and whose musical cues proved so crucial in the reconstruction of the missing scenes.
Acting performances certainly not subtle and subtitles not very frequent and occasionally the newly-recorded original music score spoils the atmosphere. Plot is simple and heavily allegorical with ridiculous romantic elements. Brigitte Helm steals the show as the nun-like good Maria and the glitchy and unhinged bad Maria .She is also the female "man machine" .
Also comes with an interesting documentary and a decent 50 page booklet. Got into this and Fritz Lang after reading Alan Moore's Nemo: Roses of Berlin: .