The Complete Metropolis

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Complete Metropolis
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.
Publisher: New York : Kino International, 2010
Edition: Standard format, Two-disc special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign METROPOLI
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (148 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in


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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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