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The Complete Metropolis: Fritz Lang’s 1927 Gem, Remastered

A few months ago, we were thrilled to hear that a new restoration of Fritz Lang’s cult 1927 film, Metropolis — an iconic German Expressionist cornerstone of modern science fiction, whose influence is palpable in everything from Blade Runner to Avatar — was hitting the big screen.

Today, The Complete Metropolis is released on DVD and Blu-ray, a gorgeous restored version of the film featuring 25 glorious minutes of lost footage.

Where there once were flattened and murky prints, there are now crisp images and beautiful, three-dimensional lighting. To see a glistening bead of sweat roll down the cheek of a long-gone actor on 80-year-old film is so priceless it makes The Complete Metropolis a complete treat..

Published November 23, 2010




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