Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 23, 2010
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, Conducted by Frank Strobel, and presented in DTS-HD Audio 5.1
- "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute Documentary on the Making and Restoration of the film
- Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered
- 2010 re-release trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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..."
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.