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Incorporating more than twenty-five minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score, the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers, orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.

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A truly AMAZING film. Brigitte Helm is riveting throughout - and so beautiful. The extent and quality of this production, with all of its ingenius imagination, would shame many films made today!

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A truly AMAZING film. Brigitte Helm is riveting throughout - and so beautiful. The extent and quality of this production, with all of its ingenius imagination, would shame many films made today!

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This is the third time (and as many restorations) I have viewed Metropolis as it has been slowly pieced together and brought back to life over the course of my lifetime, and at last I can say I have viewed a definitive version that Lang himself would approve of. How ironic that we are getting to view this latest and best restoration due to a Nazi keeping a copy of the film down in S. America (really, folks, how else do you think that this latest copy showed up?) This film is really an allegory of how we, the "99%," as the recent Occupy movement characterized us as, can defeat the "1%" holding us in bondage with the help of their "whore of Babylon" (i.e. money and the money-changers). It is also a warning about the dangers of transhumanism (represented by Rotwang, the inventor), which, at the time this film was produced, was just beginning to be fomented in Germany through secret societies like the Order of the Black Sun and the Vril Society. Lang was very prescient indeed, and this probable final restoration will, I hope, awaken people to the underlying message: that humanity can only survive and evolve as an integrated whole through forgiveness which comes from the heart. 4.5 stars.

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Well said! You've put "Metropolis" into perspective for 1927, and today! One of the marks of a truly great movie is in its power to deliver a message that is timeless.

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I feel that writing another review of Metropolis is a laughable and redundant exercise. Still, here's mine. So much has been written about this film over the years, what is left to say? So many ideas have been lifted from this film and absorbed by the industry, so that much of what shocked and entertained the public in 1930 seems normal fare for us in the 21st century. Metropolis is so visually strong, though, that even the cliches sparkle like new. This version of Metropolis includes 25 minutes of recently recovered footage which clear up several plot points missing from earlier versions. Metropolis is one of the finest films ever made. If you've never seen it, drop everything and see it now!

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I found the correlations between the Christian church and this film very interesting. At first I thought it was still a bit bigoted with women only being play things for the rich or saint-like, but the women workers seemed to show us the real women of the world as well. I couldn't believe the workers had become so enthralled with the revolution that they left their children behind but it's obvious Lang was showing us just what our thirst for violence can cause for our children. I truly have no words to express how great this film is. This isn't a film, it's something more. It's a whole different level. Vielen dank Fritz Lang!!!

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One of the most extraordinary films made. Lang is a treasure!

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This is a futuristic science fiction film with fantastic special effects, and props, and sets for a "silent" 1927 production. This film has a very heavy social/political theme too that is way ahead of its time. Metropolis is Fritz Lang at his best, that is before he sold out his artistic values for a career in Hollywood.

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You know nothing about Fritz Lang

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The film is a visual spectacular. It is so magnificent to behold that at times it is on the verge of being overwhelming. Scene after scene is perfectly designed to communicate a vision with images–images that are sometimes disquieting, sometimes uplifting, but always awe-inspiring.

very impressive unique set and costume design visually stunning but the pacing felt very slow and dull

I was beyond ecstatic when I heard the Complete Metropolis was finally found after all those decades of being lost. What else can be said about this masterpiece of German cinema? It still holds up impressively well for a 90 years old Silent Film. I adore this film so much I recently got my copy of the Collector's Edition in the mail, from the UK. More than worth the asking price.

Remarkable film for being about 90 years old. The sets and extras are phenomenal. The choreography stunning, the story riveting, so glad to have finally seen this with all the added lost frames.

Little remains to be said about this movie. Its legendary reputation is well-deserved; watch it for its intricate art deco futurism, its spellbinding large ensemble scenes, its Expressionist nightmare sequences, its powerful scale, and its visionary sci-fi imagination. Never mind the cheesy plot and hamfisted politics; it's an aesthetic tour de force.

Watched this 5 times in full and must say it is one of the best films ever. It truly captures the essence of those who have (rich) and the have nots (poor) and relays that message in a very creative but straight forward way. The message of this movie still applies today as time changes but humanity seems not to as greed and money seem to always be a driver for people until they find something else that can change them and prioritize LIFE > money. Can't stress how great of a film this is. I have watched 20 Fritz Lang movies (give or take) and while many others are phenomenal, nothing touches this one :)

Who knew that Metropolis is, thematically, at least, an urgent plea for peace and harmony between capitalists and the proletariat. I suppose it reflects fear of Communism in the Germany of the day. But Lang had a bigger worry that makes the movie so very strange: Woman. Saint or witch? Virgin or whore of Bablyon? Unforgettable imagery, stupendous crowd choreography, superb art direction. All in the service of something very very weird.

The somewhat disingenuously titled "complete version" of METROPOLIS (it's still missing two scenes) is pretty stunning to watch, even from almost a century's remove. The shimmering black and white of the restoration -- almost certainly looking better now than it ever did in theaters -- is absolutely gorgeous. Lang's infamous ability to outspend even the most generous of budgets is on full display here, with breathtaking setpieces used for a single scene adding enormously to the scope of the world created.

It would be both easy and fucking annoying to catalog ad nauseum the films METROPOLIS has indebted to itself -- George Lucas is a big fan, and so are the Wachowskis, and blah blah blah -- but it's more interesting to notice how the overarching style of the storytelling, including an action climax that keeps piling on the tension and resolutions to great effect before a final one-on-one confrontation with the villain and a somewhat absurd denouement, is still the dominant blockbuster storytelling in effect today. Hang out with enough film snobs and you'll invariably get your full of hearing how Hollywood / America / Action Movies / Summer Blockbusters "ruined" cinema via lowered narrative standards and regurgitated structure, but METROPOLIS puts the lie to all that: mainstream filmmaking, it would seem, has always followed a similar pattern.

Also of interest, at least to me, is METROPOLIS' distinctly socialist bent, particularly early sequences where the wealthy "fathers" of METROPOLIS are implored to have empathy for their "brothers and sisters" who work int he machine underground that makes the city run. But it also doesn't buy whole-heartedly into a Worker's Revolution manifesto, going to pains to show open violence as a fool's measure. Ultimately it's level-headedness and rational thought that prove themselves the major moral virtues of METROPOLIS's story -- and sadly, that's probably the least-modern thing about it.

hi,i have a copy on vhs,great movie

Still great after all these years.

it is a classic!!

i seen then when i was a kid