This year marks the 90th anniversary of Metropolis, Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi masterpiece about a society divided and the two people who just might bridge the gap. It is, in many ways, the original sci-fi epic, merging incredible visuals with a remarkably human story, all the while packed with imaginative details. This is a film made in Germany, in 1927, and it still holds up to 2017 eyes. Seriously. Go watch it if you never have. You'll be floored. Even now there are things about Metropolis that seem futuristic, and we're coming up on a century since its release.
To celebrate nine decades of this landmark, incredibly influential films, the folks at Eureka Entertainment have put together a special limited edition (just 2,000 copies) Blu-ray release perfect for the adoring Metropolis fan.
Spanning two Blu-ray discs and one DVD, this box set is headlined by the 150-minute restored version of the film released in 2010, containing 25 minutes of footage that was long-thought to be lost. Also included is Metropolis Refound, a documentary about that restoration, and a recording of the score from the same period. That's not all, though. There's also the 1984 Giorgio Moroder restoration of the film (which is fascinating), complete with a new score including music by Pat Benatar and Adam Ant. Plus even more documentaries and a 100-page book, all enclosed in a hardbound slipcase.
Here's the complete breakdown of the release:
– A Limited Edition Boxed Set, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork specially for this release
– 150 minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world) on Blu-ray
– Metropolis Refound – a 2010 documentary by Evangelina Loguerico exploring the rediscovery of the most complete print of the Fritz Lang masterpiece in an Argentinean film museum
– Giorgio Moroder presents: Metropolis – the 1984 re-imagining of Metropolis featuring a soundtrack by Moroder himself and artists such as Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury and many more
– The Fading Image – Documentary which goes behind the scenes of Giorgio Moroder’s restoration and scoring
– Pristine HD transfers (1080p on the Blu-ray discs)
– The 2001 restoration that was considered the definitive version of the film before the discovery of the Argentina footage
– 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1 (2010 version)
– Berndt Heller’s arrangement of the Gottfried Huppertz score (2001 version)
– Optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles
– Full length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum (2010 version)
– Full length audio commentary by film historian Enno Patalas (2001 version)
– Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film
– 2010 re-release trailer
– A 100-page book featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang; a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel; articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf; extensive restoration notes by Martin Koerber; writing by Otto Hunte, Günther Rittau, Aenne Willkomm, Brigitte Helm and Rudolf Arnheim alongside a stunning array of rare archival imagery.
The limited edition 90th anniversary release of Metropolis goes on sale September 25, but is available for pre-order now. Check out the trailer below.