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How could they blow this?
on December 9, 2003
Metropolis is one of my favorite movies of all time. Furthermore is one of my favorite stories of all time.
I was quite exited to see a Restored "Authorized" Edition, but when I saw it I was very dissapointed.
The restauration in this one is one of the most uncaring and unloving works I have seen. They did not care if the story in the movie was told smoothly or not, they just said "hey we found this footage... lets stick it in!!", and they did.
Some of the the chunks they put in made the story relly on the written letters and less in the image, and some others were just not calibrated at the right speed (but oh, yeah, we managed to restore this "lost marvels"... right).
People in charge of restaurations, please: before gluing the pieces together, first learn to love the film you are working , wonder if the restauration you are making adds some merit to the film or it is just candy for the depraved film experts out there... Movies are not meant to be classes of history (although they are) they are supposed to be tales told with lights and shadows and wonder... Do not spoil them with bits and pices that spoil or might spoil the fun.