The 1927 classic scifi movie Metropolis is one of the all time must see scifi movies. It has been displayed in many forms, but this is the version I first saw many years ago after plucking the VHS from the bargain bin in Woolworths.
In fact I have just spotted this quote in Scifind’s coverage of the 2010 150 minute restored version of the movie:
Every few years there seems to be a re release, re master, new footage for the all time classic iconic Sci fi feature METROPOLIS, a number of which can be browsed here. I personally had the ?colourised? version with the Queen soundtrack picked up on VHS in a Woolworths bargain bin.? To date the 2005 Masters Of Cinema version was probably the most faithful and complete collection with the remastered movie and special features
In 1984, Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder (Top Gun, Midnight Express, Flashdance) reintroduced Fritz Lang?s 1927 science fiction epic METROPOLIS to a new generation of moviegoers. He colourised scenes, added new subtitles, plus a throbbing rock soundtrack to Lang?s iconic imagery. Featuring songs from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era: Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy, Jon Anderson and others, it became a dramatic vehicle for Moroder?s visionary music and a beautiful retro-futurist timepiece. Through faithfully maintaining Lang?s intriguing and timeless storyline, today, it is this version of METROPOLIS that first comes to mind for millions around the world.
Eureka Entertainment proudly present the UK DVD Premiere of Giorgio Moroder Presents: METROPOLIS, to be released on 23 July 2012. It will be available on a Limited Edition DVD SteelBook, and for the first time throughout the UK, made available for streaming, through a new revolutionary VOD technology provided by Yekra, at www.metropolismovie.co.uk .
Metropolis is ruled by the powerful industrialist Joh Fredersen. He looks out from his office in the Tower of Babel at a modern, highly technicized world. Together with the children of the workers, a young woman named Maria reaches the Eternal Gardens where the sons of the city?s elite amuse themselves and where she meets Freder, Joh Fredersen?s son. When the young man later goes on a search for the girl, he witnesses an explosion in a machine hall, where numerous workers lose their lives. He then realizes that the luxury of the upper class is based on the exploitation of the proletariat. In the Catacombs under the Workers? City Freder finally finds Maria, who gives the workers hope with her prophecies for a better future. His father also knows about Maria?s influence on the proletariat and fears for his power. In the house of the inventor Rotwang, Joh Fredersen learns about his experiments to create a cyborg based on the likeness of Hel, their mutual love and Freder?s mother. Fredersen orders Rotwang to give Maria?s face to the robot in order to send it to the underground city to deceive and stir up its inhabitants.
After the robot Maria has succeeded, a catastrophe ensues…..
2012 Giorgio Moroder’s METROPOLIS
Label: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
Release Date: 23 July 2012
Run Time: 84 minutes
Format: 1.37:1 OAR, B&W / Tinted
Director: Fritz Lang
Country: Italy / Germany
Language: Silent / English Intertitles / Music Soundtrack
SPECIAL DVD STEELBOOK EDITION FEATURES
? New high-definition restoration from rare original 35mm elements
? Original stereo and new 5.1 surround audio options
? The Fading Image, a vintage documentary from 1984 detailing the creation of Moroder’s reconstruction