- 43 Minute Documentary on the Making of Metropolis by Enno Patalas
- Featurette: The Digital Restoration
- Photo Galleries Featuring Production Stills
- Missing Scenes
- Architectural Sketches
- Poster Artwork
- Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Natural sound/Music
- Title Card - English, Spanish, French, German - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "The Digital Restoration"
- Behind the Scenes: "The History and Making of METROPOLIS" (43 min.)
- Audio Commentary: Enno Patalas - Film Historian (English with Optional English, Spanish, and French Subtitles)
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- Additional Text: Facts and Dates
- Architectural Sketches
- Poster Art
- The Making-Of METROPOLIS (Production Stills)
- Missing Scenes
- Costume Designs
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/29/1998
"...Hallucinatory -- A nightmare without the reassurance of a steadying story line. Few films have ever been more visually exhilarating..."
Box Office - 12/01/2002
"...METROPOLIS has influenced both the genre and cinema itself to a degree that's difficult to overstate....[A] still-vital wellspring of creative inspiration..."
USA Today - 02/28/2003
"...From THE MATRIX back to BLADE RUNNER and even before, the movie has been a constant visual influence..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/28/2003
"...The story, told in a flow of grandly visionary visuals, is as simple as myth..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...The visuals -- and the vision -- are breathtaking..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/14/2010
"Set in a machine-run city of the future where captains of industry live in towers and exploited workers dwell underground, METROPOLIS was the most expensive European film ever made..."
Total Film - 08/24/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] luminous and resplendent visual masterpiece..."
Uncut - 01/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "The grandeur, imagery and ambition of the project show why it still influences filmmakers in all manner of genres."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2011
"[A] sci-fi masterpiece..."
New York Times - 11/19/2010
"The film is set in a stunningly designed future city, created through a combination of ingenious special effects and gigantic sets..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis
had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state of the art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz added, Metropolis
can be appreciated in its full glory.
Metropolis takes place in 2026, when the population is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.
METROPOLIS, a visionary and elaborate spectacle by director Fritz Lang is an epic projection of a futuristic city divided into a working and an elite class. Its exhilarating climax brings the city to its knees, as the classes clash against each other.
In the 21st century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious city of mile-high skyscrapers, flying automobiles, palatial architectural idylls, tubes and tunnels. With stunningly inventive special effects, Lang's allegorical narrative and architectural vision creates a highly stylized vision of a not-so-unlikely future (especially for 1926 when the film was made). As the elite frolic above the clouds, thousands of miserable workers toil night and day inside the belly of the gigantic machine that runs the entire city. Metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's callous philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who wills her comrades to embrace patience and silent strength. Upon discovering her influence upon the workers, a mad scientist kidnaps Maria and creates a robot in her image that will incite the workers to revolt. As Freder races against time to save Maria and curtail the damage done by her doppelganger robot, Metropolis is enveloped in chaos and the classes are brought together in a breathtaking and highly moralistic climax.
Fritz Lang's last silent film is a highly stylized, architecturally striking classic of the German Expressionist movement.
In the 21st-Century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious municipality. The entire metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's world philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who assures her comrades that help is on its way. Upon discovering her influence, a mad scientist creates a Maria-look-alike that will incite the workers to revolt. When they do, the results are cataclysmic.
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical Release: Janurary 10, 1927 (Germany)
- METROPOLIS was Fritz Lang's last silent film.
- METROPOLIS was the most expensive film ever made at its time.
- METROPOLIS was filmed at the UFA studios in Berlin in 1925-26.
- Fritz Lang was said to have conceived of Metropolis after a visit to the skyscrapers in New York City.
- Among the cast of Metropolis were 750 secondary actors and more than 30,000 extras.