Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis: Special Edition [Blu-ray] [Import]
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In 1981, three-time Academy Award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a three-year endeavor to restore the science fiction classic, Metropolis. During this process, Moroder made the controversial decision to give the film a new, contemporary score, and added a pop music soundtrack featuring songs from some of the biggest 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 tinting were added, creating an all new experience...and an all-new film! But for more than a quarter century, this version of Metropolis 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 - just as it was seen in its original release in August 1984.
Fritz Lang's expressionistic masterwork continues to exert its influence today, from Chaplin's Modern Times to Dr. Strangelove, and into the late 1990s with Dark City. In the stratified society of the future (2000, no less), the son of a capitalist discovers the atrocious conditions of the factory slaves, falling in love with the charismatic Maria in the bargain, who preaches nonviolence to the workers. But even the benevolent leadership of Maria is a challenge to the privileged class, so they have the mad scientist Rotwang concoct a robot double to take her place and incite the workers to riot. The story is melodrama, but it's the powerful imagery that is so memorable. One of the most arresting images has legions of cowed workers filing listlessly into the great maw of the all-consuming machine-god Moloch. Metropolis is a visionary masterpiece. --Jim Gay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The groundbreaking special FX and film techniques created for and used in METROPOLIS have left an indelible imprint on the SF and horror genres, influencing filmmakers from James Whale to George Lucas and beyond. Indeed, the special FX seen in the robot-creation scene in METROPOLIS are obviously updated and reinterpreted in the creation scene in Whale's 1931 classic FRANKENSTEIN, and George Lucas has publicly admitted that he was inspired to create his STAR WARS character C3P0 after being awed by the robot character in Lang's film.
As for the plot of METROPOLIS, it is set in the year 2026 and revolves around a slice from the life of young and handsome Freder Fredersen. Freder is the only offspring of the wealthy politician and businessman who governs the city-state of Metropolis, and as such, he lives a fairly privileged and carefree existence.Read more ›
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As restored, Metropolis is no longer a great movie: it is one of the very greatest. Triumph of German Expressionist cinema & deeply moral & prophetic.Published 12 days ago by Rev. F. Mark Mealing, Ph.D.
So thrilled to finally have this historical masterpiece in my collection. Very happy with the quality of the product.Published 1 month ago by Pierre Desjardins
this film, many years ago, was loaned out and never returned. It belonged to my son - was gob-smacked when it was shown on TCM one morning. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Been searching high and low for this film, I finally have it! Prompt service, packed to perfection. Thank you.Published 9 months ago by karen
after owning every other copy of this film I went in and have not regreted it since,,a beautyfull tour de forcePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Brunet
This is a classic movie for anyone's collection. Man makes robot in to human where can you go wrong. Every mans fantasy.Published on May 13 2014 by David Snow
I've been waiting for this DVD for years. If you've seen this rendition (Moroder's) of Metropolis before than you need to get it on DVD. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2014 by Kindle Customer