Metropolis (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)

There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 23, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1927
  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, Conducted by Frank Strobel, and presented in DTS-HD Audio 5.1
    • "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute Documentary on the Making and Restoration of the film
    • Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered
    • 2010 re-release trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 62,719
Often enough it is exciting in a broad, elemental way, just as an earthquake or a loud clap of thunder would be exciting; but when individual characters come on to the screen they rouse little Interest for their own sakes. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Apr 1, 2019
Metropolis is unique because of its character, but it won't thrill anyone or make money. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Cine-Mundial
Sep 10, 2019
For years audiences have wondered how good this film might have been had it not been edited. It turns out that it's better than anyone could ever have expected.
Independent (UK)
May 14, 2018
...METROPOLIS has influenced both the genre and cinema itself to a degree that's difficult to overstate....[A] still-vital wellspring of creative inspiration...
Box Office
Dec 1, 2002
4 stars out of 5 -- The grandeur, imagery and ambition of the project show why it still influences filmmakers in all manner of genres.
Uncut
Jan 1, 2011
The cinema, even here at its best, and full as it is of invention and thrill, is still only at the mental age of seventeen. Full Review
The Spectator
May 8, 2018
Rating: 3/5 -- I appreciate what it accomplished for the time and how influential it is. It's a classic, but one that maybe doesn't hold up to modern viewing... Full Review
hoganreviews.co.uk
Feb 7, 2019

Product Description:

METROPOLIS, a visionary and elaborate spectacle by director Fritz Lang is an epic projection of a futuristic city divided into a working and an elite class. Its exhilarating climax brings the city to its knees, as the classes clash against each other.

In the 21st century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious city of mile-high skyscrapers, flying automobiles, palatial architectural idylls, tubes and tunnels. With stunningly inventive special effects, Lang's allegorical narrative and architectural vision creates a highly stylized vision of a not-so-unlikely future (especially for 1926 when the film was made). As the elite frolic above the clouds, thousands of miserable workers toil night and day inside the belly of the gigantic machine that runs the entire city. Metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's callous philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who wills her comrades to embrace patience and silent strength. Upon discovering her influence upon the workers, a mad scientist kidnaps Maria and creates a robot in her image that will incite the workers to revolt. As Freder races against time to save Maria and curtail the damage done by her doppelganger robot, Metropolis is enveloped in chaos and the classes are brought together in a breathtaking and highly moralistic climax.

Plot Synopsis:

Fritz Lang's last silent film is a highly stylized, architecturally striking classic of the German Expressionist movement.
In the 21st-Century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious municipality. The entire metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's world philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who assures her comrades that help is on its way. Upon discovering her influence, a mad scientist creates a Maria-look-alike that will incite the workers to revolt. When they do, the results are cataclysmic.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: Janurary 10, 1927 (Germany)
  • METROPOLIS was Fritz Lang's last silent film.
  • METROPOLIS was the most expensive film ever made at its time.
  • METROPOLIS was filmed at the UFA studios in Berlin in 1925-26.
  • Fritz Lang was said to have conceived of Metropolis after a visit to the skyscrapers in New York City.
  • Among the cast of Metropolis were 750 secondary actors and more than 30,000 extras.
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  • Sales Rank: 49,668
  • UPC: 738329071325
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