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Metropolis (1927) - Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 27 January 2003

Featuring: Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich & Brigitte Helm

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Set around the year 2000, a mammoth city is ruled by the super-efficient industrialist Jon Fredersen (Alfred Abel) and, on the surface, appears to be a utopian dream with wealthy inhabitants living in palatial apartments set in colossal glass and concrete spires. But underground it's a different story - armies of slaves work gruelling shifts to maintain the luxurious lifestyles of their masters. The workers, a subhuman species of sluggish creatures are led by the "saintly" Maria (Brigitte Helm), who urges them not to rebel but to wait patiently for the arrival of the "mediator". Fredersen kidnaps Maria and orders mad scientist Rotwang (Rudolf Klien-Rogge) to create a robot replica to take her place. His plan is doomed when the evil mechanical Maria incites the massed workers to revolt and destroy everything in sight...

Taking 16 months to film, with a cast of 37,383, and costing over $2 million at 1920s prices, everything about this epic German science-fiction film, which was inspired by the towering Manhattan skyline, is gigantic. Although director Fritz Lang hated the ending of his film, it was an instant hit with Adolf Hitler and Goebbels, who first saw it in a small German town. When they came to power in 1933, they asked Lang to make prestige pictures for the Nazi party. He packed his bags and left for Hollywood the same day. On its first release it was a box-office flop and nearly bankrupted its financiers UFA, Germany's largest film production company. Metropolis is now a monument to Fritz Lang's artistic vision and film craftsmanship.
  • The Metropolis Case: From Art to Cinema, From Caligari to Metropolis, From Vienna to Berlin, The Making of Metropolis, Imaginary Architecture, Viewing Machines, Special Effects, Sound Pictures, The Unmaking, The Remaking, After Metropolis
  • The Restoration - Metropolis as an example of film restoration
  • Photo Galleries: 'The Making of Metropolis' with production stills
  • missing scenes, architectural sketches, costume designs, poster
  • Biographies - Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Erich Pommer, Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau, Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Gottfried Huppert, Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Heinrich George

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 Classic

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Brilliant SciFi from an equally Brilliant director.This movie has been stolen from right,left and centre and we see its influence across everything in the genre and will continue to do so for the next Millenia.One thing I will say though,where as the extras available on this two disc set are enlightening and informative,do not be fooled by the promised Commentary track.I expected to be lead through the film by a film historian perhaps telling me things I already knew but perhaps also throwing new light on this classic,What you infact get is A Commentary,and by that I mean each scene is actually described to you as it plays out on the screen.This extra plays more like an aid for the visually impaired than what we come to expect the word commentary to mean on a DVD sleeve.Let me make it clear I have nothing against the visually impaired and that such a facility is great for those needing it on the disc.Its just it would have been nice to read on the box that thats what you are getting.

 Classic

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Brilliant SciFi from an equally Brilliant director.This movie has been stolen from right,left and centre and we see its influence across everything in the genre and will continue to do so for the next Millenia.One thing I will say though,where as the extras available on this two disc set are enlightening and informative,do not be fooled by the promised Commentary track.I expected to be lead through the film by a film historian perhaps telling me things I already knew but perhaps also throwing new light on this classic,What you infact get is A Commentary,and by that I mean each scene is actually described to you as it plays out on the screen.This extra plays more like an aid for the visually impaired than what we come to expect the word commentary to mean on a DVD sleeve.Let me make it clear I have nothing against the visually impaired and that such a facility is great for those needing it on the disc.Its just it would have been nice to read on the box that thats what you are getting.

 Metropolis (1927)

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One of the greatest films & soundtrack ever made.
You do not have a film collection if this title is missing.
The only other german film director likely to move you like Fritz Lang is Leni Riefenstahl (1936 Berlin Olympics & Triumph of the Will).
You must buy Metropolis (1927) & watch it.

 Masterwork

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This is groundbreaking cinema at its best. Pioneering visual effects, grand scope and a fantastic orchestral score, this is truly the birth of epic sci fi on the pearl screen.

Decades ahead of Forbidden Planet, 2001 and Star Wars, the only failing which this film has, is that the story is almost too simple compared to its production design and epic scale, but since this is a silent movie, there will always be a trade off.

But as a visual treat, this stands tall, along with the a fore mentioned Sci Fi flicks and every major epic to have been shot before or since. Truly cinema at its best...

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ActorsAlfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos & Heinrich George
DirectorFritz Lang
CertificatePG
Year1927
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesSILENT w/ musical score
SubtitlesNone listed
Duration1 hour and 58 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.