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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Jan 17, 2015
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

With Metropolis (1927) being from the "silent-era" of film, I was initially quite sceptical about watching it, certain that I wouldn't enjoy it half as much as I did.

Regardless of how idiotic silent-screen actors can carry on sometimes, with their goofy, over-the-top histrionics, it was Metropolis' startling sets, its amazing mob scenes, and, especially, its fantastic robot (yes, it was female and like one you've never seen before) that all but made up for this somewhat annoying aspect of the film.

Impressively directed by German film-maker, Fritz Lang, Metropolis (now 87 years old) is a visionary masterpiece that depicts a futuristic society dominated by a soulless feudal system.

In this cold world of Metropolis, the wealthy technocrats live in sumptuous luxury, housed inside towering palaces. While at the foot of these gleaming structures the "slave-labor class" toils away, thanklessly and endlessly.

Yes. Metropolis is heavy going at times, but one certainly can't argue with its awesome special effects (for its time) and the elaborate set designs that command attention throughout.

Nov 21, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Once you get used to seeing characters with glassy, big eyes you may begin to enjoy some of the animation. However, as far as storyline goes, it is uneven and often incoherent. I think the film is overrated. A better script writer could have made the film far more engaging. Choice of subtitles or dubbed English dialogue.

Jun 16, 2014
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Alright, granted the sets and visuals are excellent and the film is full of social commentary. But the movie needs massive editing. Pare off at least a third of the excruciatingly long-drawn-out boring scenes and you would have a tight dramatic piece. Incidentally, why couldn't the restorers change the film to subtitles instead of keeping the silly and time consuming silent-film format of pausing every few moments to display dialogue?

Jun 03, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i could not say anything Libraryman1_0 hasn't already said! I completely agree!

May 16, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic in it's fantasy element and some of the most wonderous sets for it's time, Metropolis (1927) is certainly deserving of it's place as a Science Fiction cinema classic! The story of the two social classes, the upper ground, the rich aristocratic governmental system, and the lower the dwelling of the workers who's menial labor help keep the city itself running. Very striking in how it depicts a society in the future and visually spectacular. Director Fritz Lang is very forward and direct with the material he presents.

Oct 25, 2013
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gorgeous, affecting, mind-bending movie, very loosely based on Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece. The plot is twisty enough that it may require more than one viewing, but it's beautiful enough to make multiple viewings more than worth your while.

May 20, 2013

One of the best anime films of all time! Seriously have to watch this film more than once to get all of the graphic design that is bestowed upon a well told story. Instant classic!

Nov 27, 2012
  • Cassisa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the great Tezuka classics!

Sep 18, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in the year 2026, Metropolis takes place in a dystopian society where wealthy intellectuals rule from vast tower complexes, oppressing the workers who live in the depths below them.
Joh Fredersen is the wealthy man who rules the society.
His son, Freder, is a naive and idealistic man who sympathizes with workers.
The Thin Man, Joh Fredersen's spy, is watching the spot where Freder's chauffeur has parked his car.
The Thin Man watches Freder's car drive off.
Freder has traded with lives with Worker 11811 and asked him to go to the apartment of his employee, Josephat.
Worker 11811 has shown the chauffeur the note with Josephat's address.
But 11811 betrays his promise.
Finding money, lots of money, in Freder's clothes, he succumbs to the temptations of the city and the night.
Instead of going to Josaphat's apartmenmt, he has himself driven to Yoshiwara---Metropolis's entertainment district.
As a Japanese-Canadian, I was kinda shocked when I came across the familiar name---Yoshiwara or 吉原 (the red-light district with a some-300-year history in Tokyo).
Why did the director (Fritz Lang) name Metropolis's entertainment district "Yoshiwara"?
I looked into his biography.
After finishing school, Fritz Lang briefly attended the Technical University of Vienna, where he studied civil engineering and eventually switched to art.
In 1910 he left Vienna to see the world, traveling throughout Europe and Africa and later Asia and the Pacific area.
Fritz Lang must have dropped in at Yoshiwara when he visited Japan.
Apparently, he enjoyed his stay at Yoshiwara, I suppose.
That's why he called the district "Yoshiwara." :-)

Sep 06, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a brilliant film.

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Aug 07, 2012
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Jun 01, 2012
  • littlelo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt. Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, German director Fritz Lang's masterpiece has now been magnificently restored to include the original 1927 orchestral score.


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