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The Complete Metropolis

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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In 2026, the rich rule over the poor, who live underground. One man tries to bridge the gap between the two classes. In July 2008 a complete copy of the film was discovered with an additional 25 minutes of lost footage that had not been seen since the film's premiere in 1927. After years of restoration the sci-fi epic was re-released in theaters in 2010 as The Complete Metropolis.
Title: The complete Metropolis
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Publisher: New York : Kino International, 2010
Edition: Standard format, Two-disc special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (148 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Fritz Lang ; screenplay by Thea von Harbou ; a film of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in co-operation with ZDF and ARTE
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features include: original 1927 score performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra presented in 5.1 stereo surround; Voyage to Metropolis documentary ; interview with Paula Felix-Didler, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires where missing footage was discovered; 2010 re-release trailer
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1927
Release date: Nov. 16, 2010
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Summary: In 2026, the rich rule over the poor, who live underground. One man tries to bridge the gap between the two classes. In July 2008 a complete copy of the film was discovered with an additional 25 minutes of lost footage that had not been seen since the film's premiere in 1927. After years of restoration the sci-fi epic was re-released in theaters in 2010 as The Complete Metropolis.
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign METROPOLI
Credits: Photographed by Karl Freund, Günther Rittau ; music by Gottfried Huppertz.
Performers: Alfred Abel, Brigette Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
System Details: DVD; Dolby digital 5.1 or stereo.; NTSC
Other Language: Silent film with English intertitles and music score
Subject Headings: Social conflict Drama Social classes Drama
Genre/Form: Dystopian films
Science fiction films
Silent films
Feature films
Topical Term: Social conflict
Social classes
Publisher No: K690 Kino International
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Aug 30, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've never seen it before, due to hearing there was much missing from the story due to whacks of sub-plots being cut to make the film run under 90 minutes. But now they've found stuff. And it's brilliant. Simply brilliant.

The latest version was released last year after a 16mm print made from a complete 35mm release print was discovered in Argentina which contained over 20 minutes of thought to be lost footage. The Kino edition places those in place, as well as inter-titles to replace what we know is still missing (probably about ninety seconds) from the original German cinema version. Sadly, the discovered footage is really awful visual quality (scratchy, a bit fuzzy, contrast is suffering; and this is *after* being restored), but you can at least understand the story far better than before. At least having it there is an improvement on not.

Were it not for this film, much of "Blade Runner", Battlestar Galactica", and "Flash Gordon" would never have existed.

Jan 28, 2011
  • Bewlay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing film. I think it would be hard to compare contemporary film special effects to Lang's masterpiece. This is a real treasure to have restored.

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Newly restored version of a science-fiction film classic, including 25 minutes of lost footage discovered in 2008.

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