Metropolis 1927
Fritz Lang' Metropolis is one of the greatest films ever made. It's amazing set design, brilliant cinematography, groundbreaking special effects and futuristic story truly makes it one of the must-sees in cinema!

It is set in the future, in a city called Metropolis where the citizens are divided into two groups: workers (who live under the ground and are working 10 hour shifts by enormous machines that keeps Metropolis working) and the royals (living in luxury in the great city on the surfice). And over them all, is the creator of Metropolis: Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel). His son Freder (Gustav Frohlich) falls in love with a woman of the working-class called Maria (Brigitte Helm) who preaches that a mediator will come and create peace and equality for both workers and royals. Joh Fredersen sees Maria as a big threat agains his "order", so he and the inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) kidnaps her and copies her appearence onto a robot, which will destroy the workers faith in Maria. However, Rotwang secretly plans to programme the robot to make the workers destroy the city and crush Joh Fredersen, as an act of vengeance against Fredersen for a sin he committed in the past...

Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich
Country: Germany
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

After Fritz Lang's Metropolis premiered in Berlin in 1927, the silent science fiction masterpiece was savagely shortened and re-edited for its American release by playwright Channing Pollock, who cut the film from fourteen reels to seven and, in the process, thoroughly obfuscated the original story. Snippets of the excised material surfaced over the decades, and there have been several incomplete restorations—including, most notably, the Giorgio Moroder-speared reissue in 1982, which clarified plot points but also tinted the film and set it to 1970s pop tunes—but Lang's complete cut was thought to be yet another lost relic of the silent age. That is, until the summer of 2008, when curator Paula Felix-Didier and archivist Fernando Pena found a 16mm safety reduction negative of the uncut Metropolis in the archives of the Museo Del Cine, in Buenos Aires. You might say that this was the film historian equivalent of discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Rosetta Stone. Not only did this print contain almost all of the missing material—minus 8 minutes too damaged to use—but it also served as a narrative blueprint for the multinational restoration team, allowing them to reassemble the entire film to match Lang's intent. More than 25 minutes of footage has been reintegrated into Metropolis, from single shots to whole sub-plots and action sequences. The result is a film that's finally as coherent as its images are iconic.

2xBD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, PAL | 02:30:01 | 89 Gb + 3% rec
Language: German intertitles
Subtitles: English


DISC ONE (Blu-ray)
*** The Film (2010 Complete Version, 150 min)
• Audio commentary by film historians David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum
• "Die Reise nach Metropolis (Voyage to Metropolis)" documentary (54:42)
• 2010 Restoration trailer (2:01)

DISC TWO (Blu-ray)
*** The Film (The Giorgio Moroder Version, 83 min)
• "Metropolis Refound" documentary (48:46) (in Spanish with optional English subtitles)
• "The Fading Image" featurette (17:49)

*** The Film (2001 Restoration Version, 119 min)
• Audio commentary by film historian Enno Patalas (This audio commentary are available in both English or German with • optional English subtitles.)