The Complete Metropolis

The Complete Metropolis

DVD - 2010
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In 2026, the rich rule over the poor, who live underground. One man tries to bridge the gap between the two classes. In July 2008 a complete copy of the film was discovered with an additional 25 minutes of lost footage that had not been seen since the film's premiere in 1927. After years of restoration the sci-fi epic was re-released in theaters in 2010 as The Complete Metropolis.
Publisher: New York : Kino International, c2010
Edition: Two-Disc Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (2 hrs., 28 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Metropolis

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The scene where the mad inventor, Rotwang, turns his female robot into an evil doppleganger of the saintly rebel Maria is one of the seminal scenes of science fiction and it introduces the first robot femme fetale.


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OPL_DavidD Nov 23, 2020

One of my favorite films. Filled with some stunning and iconic visuals, this movie is both historically significant and fun to watch.

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Bubba_Louie
Dec 30, 2019

1927's "Metropolis" is a silent-era SyFy film whose story of a world ruled by a tyrannical technocracy is set 100 years into the future (in the year 2026).

I think that it's quite interesting to note that even back 90 years ago man's future certainly looked pretty bleak and not very hopeful, at all.

For its time - "Metropolis" definitely had some really impressive visuals to boast about to its credit. It was especially the robot in this film that certainly grabbed my attention.

🤖 Although the DVD and Blu-Ray versions are filed here (Tulsa PL) as if they were the same film, this is not quite true. The DVD is the so-called Restored Authorized Edition, 124 minutes long and dating from 2001. The Blu-Ray is the so-called Complete Metropolis from 2010, relying on additional film elements, and the discovery in Argentina of a 16mm copy of Lang's original premiere cut, long thought lost. The Complete Metropolis runs 148 minutes, and a good fifth of the film is new material, unseen since 1927. The additional material adds to the plot and even introduces a new character.
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There is also a DVD of the Moroder edition, only 82 minutes long, but with a bitchin' rock soundtrack, and a DVD of the Complete Metropolis, and downloadable versions of the Moroder and the Complete Metropolis. So, watch out and be sure you get the one you want.

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NeoNoir
Dec 23, 2019

Even though Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" (from 1927) (set in the year 2026) is yet another SyFy film (in a long line of SyFy films) that takes a very unfavorable and bleak outlook at the future of mankind (and, yes, womankind, too) - I definitely think that this ambitious German production excels when it comes to much of its visual presentation (which is impressive. Indeed).

So, f-f-f-folks! - If you are willing to cut this b&w, silent-era picture some serious slack, then, I don't think that you will be left disappointed (in the long run).

ArapahoeTina Nov 14, 2019

A fascinating slice of movie history. If you like sci-fi and are looking for a classic that was way before its time, check out this film.

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Les_J
Jun 12, 2019

I only watch it every few years, but it is a classic sci fi/dystopian movie.

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1aa
Jun 11, 2019

I had really wanted to like this film, but eventually I could hardly stand it: for about the last hour and ten minutes I was checking how much longer I would have to watch - it became very tedious. The imagery was great (for its time) and themes are still relevant today.

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CurlyWhirly
Mar 13, 2018

For a silent-era film that is now 90 years old - Metropolis is certainly worth a view.

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red_cobra_341
Mar 15, 2017

I got this instead of the complete and much longer version... :(

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

An all time classic sci- fi movie by Fritz Lang. It might seem slow by today's standards but it still bears watching.

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littlelo
Jun 01, 2012

In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt. Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, German director Fritz Lang's masterpiece has now been magnificently restored to include the original 1927 orchestral score.

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