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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all reviews etc here are BS
All comments and reviews on this film are about other versions of the movie. this includes the write-ups for the previous Kino Video release of this film, which is also for other crappy versions of this film. Epic fail, Amazon! The Kino versions are the only ones worth owning. As proof that the reviews on this particular item are crap, it has not even been released yet,...
Published on Oct. 12 2010 by Rondini

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Kino DVD
If you're reading this, you doubtlessly know already that Metropolis is a magnificent classic of the silent era. No definitive version is available yet, they're all incomplete, but this DVD is especially atrocious. The picture quality is an insult to DVD technology. I just saw the theatrical release of Kino International's new restoration, and it's a beautiful,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS VERSION!!, May 1 2002
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Xxon Mill (United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Metropolis (Full Screen) (DVD)
This is the worst print of Metropolis I have ever seen. A complete waste of your money. It is 6.99$ for a reason folks.
Do not buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made it in time, Dec 28 2009
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This review is from: Metropolis [Import] (DVD)
The movie showed up a bit later then was planned but it made it before I needed it and it was it great condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE science fiction experience, June 1 2004
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Jeffrey Leach (Omaha, NE USA) - See all my reviews
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It's tough to argue that Fritz Lang's 1926 classic "Metropolis" is anything but a cinematic masterpiece. Lang, a master of what critics have since labeled German Expressionism, had an illustrious career in the movie making business in Germany as well as the United States. He came over here to escape the rise of the National Socialists in 1933. Once in Hollywood, he continued to make memorable films such as "M," a movie about a killer based loosely on the monstrous German murderer Peter Kurten. Lang made films well into the 1960s, although none had quite the impact of this silent movie classic. For years, you couldn't see a decent version of "Metropolis." The film is so old that it has fallen into the realm of public domain property, which virtually assured that every fast buck artist on the fringes of the movie business would release a smudgy, hacked up version of the movie. Thanks to the Murnau Foundation, a film restoration project devoted to restoring early twentieth century films, we can now see "Metropolis" in a form closer to the original. It's not perfect, not by a long shot, since a significant portion of the movie has disappeared, but what we do get looks fantastic. I watched a restored version of "Nosferatu" recently and it couldn't compare to how "Metropolis" looked.
"Metropolis" takes place in a bleak futuristic city of rigidly defined social classes. The haves, presided over by powerful industrialist Freder Fredersen and his son Joh, live in the highest buildings from which they run the bustling city. Unfortunate souls, which include just about everyone else, live underground in huge apartment type dwellings. This keeps the workers close to the huge machinery that runs the city's various industries and buildings. It also keeps the proletariats confined in easily controlled and policed areas. Life basically stinks for the workers in Metropolis, where their existence consists of endless and dreary work shifts with little time left over for amusement. Moreover, the work is extremely dangerous and demanding. It isn't unusual at all to see the machines chewing up laborers whose attention strays from their tasks for a few seconds. If this description makes you think of Marx, communism, socialism, or class struggle, you're on the right track. The movie was made during a time when these issues dominated the thoughts of millions of people around the world. "Metropolis" is the sort of movie Upton Sinclair or Jack London might have made had they been filmmakers instead of writers.
The social situation in Metropolis is about to change. As Joh Frederson basks in the luxurious surroundings of a massive club built for the city's affluent youngsters, he catches sight of a beautiful prole named Maria who accidentally leads a group of workers' children up to the top of the building. She quickly apologizes for straying from her assigned areas, and in the process calls Joh "brother." Intrigued, the rich youth begins to search for this lovely vision despite the strict oversight of his demanding father. Joh wanders into the byzantine depths of the city, switching his identity with a worker and even toiling away at a wearisome task. Meanwhile, up in the Fredersen control center, Joh's father meets with a scientist named Rotwang to discuss the turmoil going on down in the worker areas. This technician is responsible for most of the mechanical innovations of the city, and he's planning a special treat for the clueless workers. The leader of a movement to destroy the plutocracy just happens to be the beautiful young girl Joh is seeking out; so the crazed scientist builds a robot that looks just like her. He programs this machine to mislead the dissident workers, thus insuring the plutocrats will continue to rule. Things don't quite work out the way the oligarchy plans, however, when Joh uncovers the plot and attempts to bring the two groups of humans together.
There's more to the story than this description. A subplot about Joh's deceased mother factors into the activities of the scientist and his father, for example, but the theme of class warfare dominates every frame of the movie. You'll probably spend more time staring in wonder at the world Lang and his compatriots constructed than you will analyzing a plot that has the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the stomach. The city is an amazing triumph of model mock-ups and painted backgrounds. Planes soar between skyscrapers, cars and trains whiz along suspended tracks, and lights and giant neon screens twinkle and flash. Forget CGI effects; while this movie was made eighty plus years ago, the special effects work is so spectacular that you'll hardly believe they could convincingly pull this off. The great effects extend to the machines and underground scenes, especially in a scene where a huge piece of equipment turns into "Moloch," a living, breathing beast capable of swallowing up whole ranks of hapless workers. "Metropolis" served as an early example, if not the only earliest example, of what cinema could really do. I see it as a precursor to the effects laden films of today. That it took sixty to seventy years to match the intensity of this work speaks well of Lang's visionary prowess as a filmmaker.
The DVD contains a plethora of exciting extras. You get a detailed biography of Lang's career, the obligatory commentary track by a film historian, stills, a facts and date feature, a short documentary outlining Lang's career, the film's history, and German Expressionism called "The Metropolis Case," and a restoration featurette. The documentary is quite intriguing, showing how Lang and his crew constructed the special effects for the film. I usually avoid most DVD extras, but I made an exception in the case of "Metropolis." All fans of science fiction and effects heavy films owe a huge debt of gratitude to Fritz Lang. Watch "Metropolis" as soon as you can.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the original, Feb. 12 2004
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This review is from: Metropolis [Import] (DVD)
I was enjoying this right up until halftime, when the defective disc stopped playing. The biggest problem with the film is with aspects that could have been corrected.
KINO has no basis taking a German titled silent film, removing the German titles from the film and transposing " digital " English titles. It really damages the film, and some of us who can read German would have preferred having the option of either original German titles by themselves or having english subtitles underneath the German from the actual film.
One part, where the Tower of Babel is described as "Praised by one and cursed by many " actually shows the German titles, by mistake, first! You may have to stop/freeze to see the German. What a sloopy restoration!
I do not know about the jerky movements of the actors in the film. Some have said that it was an error by KINO that undermines Lang's original cut. No question though, the movements are incredibly jerky and stilted throughout the film.
Of course, this dvd is worth getting, there seems to be no other edition out.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Call me a caviller, but..., Feb. 10 2004
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It' a classic, no question about it. But is it really that great? I find it diffucult not to cheer at the evil Robot-Messiah turning the slave-workers into communists, destroying the machines and flooding the city, but I'm not sure that's the point. Hitler wept with emotion after the screening, actually he saw it on several occasions and declared it his favourite movie. McCarhthy would had wept too, if he knew anything about art. Well, I don't think the story or the ethics has made it a classic, rather the visuals, but apart from the transformation-scene they aren't really that impressive. The german expressionist-scene has made far superior movies, not half as celebrated as this one. I wonder why.
Fritz Langs own "M" is a much better movie, great visuals, intelligent script, great acting (in stark contrast to the silly twitching in this one), brilliant and disturbing - and made only four years after this hilariously overrated piece of hokum. Not to mention that the nazis hated it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Opinion Contrary to Convention, Jan. 24 2004
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I kept waiting for the great looking female robot (what really qualifies this as sci-fi), and she has all of a minute of screen time! All that work to design and create her, so why not find a way to use her? As to the poignancy of the narrative, it is basically angry communist propaganda. Time did not prove that philosophy relevant. There is nothing particularly groundbreaking about the story, the cinematography, nor the acting. And the entertainment value is fairly low for a film this deep into the silent era. I really don't think this film is at all entertaining or important. Fire away, but I think this is probably the overrated silent film ever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Jan. 1 2004
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Frederick Norwood "Rick Norwood" (Mountain Home, TN USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Metropolis [Import] (DVD)
Science fiction suffers from a lack of sound and color. I love old sf films -- but I have to agree with Stanley Kubrick (as quoted by Arthur C. Clarke in The Making of 2001 -- A Space Odyssey). Most science fiction before 2001 -- A Space Odyssey is awful. My love of Metropolis and Things to Come and Destination Moon is a result of nostalgia -- an 80 year old man may still love an 80 year old woman, but he can hardly expect a young man to see her in the same light. The only reason for a young person to watch old (pre-Kubrick) sf films is to learn about the history of the science fiction film. If you do want to learn about the history of film sf, Metropolis is the place to start, and despite some valid and informative objections from purists, this version comes the closest to making sense.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars keep your cash, June 8 2002
This review is from: Metropolis (Full Screen) (DVD)
ce dvd est une horreur, je n ai jamais vu une aussi mauvaise copie de film, tout support confondu.
je ne sait pas ou l editeur a trouver le master pour la gravure mais ca devais certainement etre au fond d une cave humide.
la bande son est a pleurer et l image ...... et bien je ne prefere pas en parler on dirait un scopitonne des annees 40.
de plus l intro du film est manquante ainsi que certaine scenes.
enfin pour en finir garder votre argent jusqu a la sortie d une meilleur edition celle ci ne vaut pas un clou.
conseil pour ceux qui comme moi ont fait l erreur d acheter ce DVD: revender le le plus vite possible.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Barebones edition, only reason to buy is price., April 20 2004
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J. Blake (Virginia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Metropolis (DVD)
I picked this DVD up at a local store, because I've been meaning to see the movie and it was quite cheap. It's the original 1927 theater cut (I couldn't tell you if the tinting was added later or not), which means it's only a small part of Lang's masterpeice. The plot is, as it was, choppy and hard to follow without reading up on the movie itself. The scenes that were cut seem to have been important, in that you get the general gist of the story with this truncated version, but there are things you won't pick up on unless you watch it repeatedly.
It's a poor version of the classic, but the price is right. If you want to see the masterpeice, buy the restored, authorized edition as was recommended above. If you want to watch a mildly entertaining silent film that sounds like the soundtrack was put together by the Residents, this is for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, May 11 2003
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This review is from: Metropolis [Import] (DVD)
Soporific beyond belief."Overrated" in the dictionary has a new sense: (1) Metropolis.HUMAN DESIRE (another Lang film) looks like CITIZEN KANE by comparison.
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