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Fritz Lang Epic Collection (Metropolis/Die Nibelungen/Woman in the Moon/Spies)

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SPIES follows the machinations of a wheelchair-bound master criminal, the great Haghi, as he dictates orders to his minions from his headquarters deep in the belly of the city. When Haghi sends forth agent Sonja to seduce and trick secret agent 236, Tremaine, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Haghi is enraged that they are endangering his plot to take over the world, while his minions square off against police and secret service, and attempt to steal a secret treaty. Many of the standard conventions of spy thrillers find their genesis in SPIES, including femme fatales, the crippled arch criminal and a last minute countdown to destruction.WOMAN IN THE MOON: Lang used a scenario by his then wife Thea von Harbou about a trip to the moon to continue his early investigations into science and technology. When scientist Manfeldt finally gets the chance to go to the moon and prove his theory of the existence of lunar gold deposits, he is disappointed to discover that he must travel with various strangers. They include Frieda and Hans--a newly wed couple, a scheming financier named Turner, Wolf Helius--the engineer in charge of the expedition, and Gustav--a young castaway. When the crew actually discovers gold in the lunar caverns, the greedy Turner faces off against the bewildered professor, and violence ensues. The human struggles with greed, jealousy and idealism are played out against a stunning backdrop of rockets and white lunar landscapes, and the tender moments between the protagonists are some of the most touching in any of Lang's oeuvre....

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  • Actors: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Writers: Fritz Lang, Hermann Oberth, Thea von Harbou
  • Producers: Fritz Lang, Erich Pommer
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Silent, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 727 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AEWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fritz Lang Epic Collection (Metropolis/Die Nibelungen/Woman in the Moon/Spies)" on IMDb

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If you have doubts, this DVD collection contains the same DVDs as the special restored editions that are sold individually. Metropolis and Die Nibelungen are the two stand-out titles here. Metropolis had the most work spent on it, so much so that it often looks as if it were filmed yesterday in B+W. Honestly, it's amazing how good it looks. The score was completely rerecorded and it sounds amazing. Instead of just random music played in the background, it conveys the emotions occurring in the film. It and Die Nibelungen contain various extras that are actually interesting. The other films have also been restored well. Long story short, you have a better idea of whether you will like these films or not, but if you have any questions as to their quality, extras, etc. have no fear these are the special edition discs and they look great.
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Fritz Lang always claimed he was a very visual person, and this collection of four movies from the silent era proves it. I'll go through each film individually:

Metropolis - This film is considered by many to be the first feature science fiction film. Ironically, this film, now considered a masterpiece, contributed to the bankruptcy of the studio that backed it. The film has great visual effects and huge sets that still impress today. The film ran so long that it was progressively cut back, and with each succeeding cut it became less coherent. The version on this DVD is still missing about 25% of the original footage, which is probably lost forever. However, using the novel and other sources, the missing scenes have been described on intertitle cards. These added descriptions make the plot clearer by filling in the holes. The story of Metropolis has society divided into two groups, those that toil beneath the city and those that live off of the fruits of their toil above. The extra features include:
1. A 43 minute documentary entitled "Metropolis Case" which has film historian Enno Patalas discussing the film's place in history. The featurette is filled with production shots and includes some vintage interviews with those who worked on the film.
2.A commentary track also done by Enno Patalas.
3.A nine minute featurette on the restoration of the film, several still galleries, cast and crew biographies and some text pages about the film.

Die Nibelungen - This epic film is based on a thirteenth century Nordic saga and includes a fire breathing dragon, treacherous dwarfs, magic swords, and barbarian attacks. The film is five hours in length and is split into two parts. Like Metropolis, this film has some terrific special effects.
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Very interesting Early Lang productions. First half of Woman on the Moon is boring, but second half really picks up. Interesting to see how sound would have made these much better pictures, and probably half as long.
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