Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
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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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Actually I'm grateful for this lack of diddling since it means that Kino didn't diddle with the version that I like.
I also have the much longer, much slower, complete Kino version. I just finished watching the Moroder version and I find that it is a much more watchable film that that other versions (note that there are many versions of Metropolis floatin around, so I won't confuse the issue by discussing more than these two).
Some people may not like the colorization (tinting), but according to the documentary on film restoration (in the Extras section) that tinting process was popular at one point and I find that it does indeed help make the film a little more watchable compared to the stark gray-scale version. Likewise, other folks complain about the 80's music, but I like the music very much and feel that it helps hold the story together versus some generic orchestration.
That, combined with the film's faster run-rate, makes it a more watchable film than the much longer slower versions of Metropolis. I'm sure that Kino will come out with a cleaned-up restored Moroder version in a couple years, and I'll buy that one also.
I believe that Metropolis (specifically this Moroder version) presents a very powerful message. Especially in this day and age when we sit 10 hours per day in front of "the machine" (the one that you are sitting in front of right now).
PS be sure to watch the film restoration documentary in the Extras section.
This version is proof of how music can make or break a movie. In this case, it made it. I started to watch the black and white version with "classic" orchestral music over a decade ago, but fell asleep and gave up. But once starting on Giorgio's rendition, I couldn't stop. Not only is the music fun eighties, it's also emotional, suspenseful, and epic when it needs to be. It accentuated the story elements and moved it along when you weren't sure how the scene was supposed to make you feel or what it was trying to say.
Thanks to Giorgio's finding all of the "missing" footage IN COLOR and colorizing special scenes the film was also worth watching. (The color film was TINTED film stock based on the scene or location. COLORIZING means making certain elements in frame a different color than the tint of the rest of the image).
Also, C3PO was definitely modeled after the robot in this movie.
As for the story and story telling prowess of the filmmakers: excellent. It's amazing how in 1926 the cinematic language was nailed down and story telling of images and "title cards" was also perfected. The story is universal and shockingly enlightening considering it was made between WWI and the NAZI's rise to power (copyright 1926). After Titanic sank (1914), after D W Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915). It spoke of a struggle between the ultra wealthy (brains) and the ultra poor working class (the simple minded). It's worth the price tag of admission. Especially when viewed in full Blu-Ray quality.