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If you are interested in film and haven't seen the "restored authorized edition" of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, released by Kino Video in 2003, I recommend it highly. Not only is it the most complete version of the film available, restoring the original storyline, but it also comes with the original musical score written for the film. Oh, and you can actually SEE the film. (The only versions I've seen previous to this have been all smudgy and dirty.) The DVD also comes with a good documentary - "The Metropolis Case" - which puts the film in context in art history and film history, and also describes how the special effects were done.

I watched it with the OH and we kept stopping the film to discuss other films (including King Kong) that had paid tribute to this or that set or scene.


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Jul. 23rd, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
*snortlaugh* You only commented first 'cause I went to the effort of finding my post on it....

(As an aside, I'll note that LJSeek couldn't come up with the link for me, despite the fact that I don't have spidering turned off - Google had my post buried on about page 8 of the results.)
Jul. 23rd, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
I got to see this version at the Castro Theatre in 2001. Utterly amazing.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
We saw it on the big screen at the Brattle (in Boston). Yeah, plot finally makes sense!
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Oo! I am going to have to check this out. I have never actually seen the movie.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
We own it - but the quality of the version we have is very poor.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've tried to watch our copy and couldn't even follow it because of the quality.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Added to my Netflix queue. Thank you! I love Metropolis. I think I've seen this version, but not with the original score (because most of my recent viewings have been at shows where the Alloy Orchestra performs their own score live (which is fabulous). When they started doing this they used the film that had been put together for the "pop/rock" score version that came out some time in the 80's, but more recent shows used the film you mention).
Jul. 23rd, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's two mentions of Metropolis within 4 posts of each other on my flist. Bizarro world!
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
we kept stopping the film to discuss other films (including King Kong) that had paid tribute to this or that set or scene


I only saw Metropolitan once, in college, no doubt a bad old print. Now I want to re-watch it *and* KK.

Not that it's hard work to get me to want to watch the latter (b & w version)
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