The Complete Metropolis
Format: DVDMultiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Special Edition
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Fritz Lang's Metropolis belongs to legend as much as to cinema. It's a milestone of sci-fi and German expressionism. Yet the story makes minimal sense, and the "theme" belongs in a fortune cookie; to experience the film's pagan power, you have to see the movie. But for decades we couldn't, not really--not with so many versions, all incomplete, often in public-domain prints like smudged photocopies. This Murnau Foundation restoration changes all that. Some shots, scenes, and subplots may be lost forever, but intertitles indicate how they fit into the original continuity and the characters' individual trajectories. Most crucially, the images are crisp, vibrant, and three-dimensional instead of murky and flattened. The composite sequences (the Tower of Babel, a sea of lusting eyes) have been restored to their hallucinatory ferocity. And there's one moment when you can see a bead of sweat roll down a man's cheek--in medium long-shot. --Richard T. Jameson
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Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Kino Lorber films
Actors: Alfred Abel Brigitte Helm Gustav Frohlich Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Size: 7.5000" x 5.3000"
Weight: 0.3500 lbs.
Language: English, English