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Fritz Lang's Metropolis 2-Disc SE from Eureka

Eureka Video have announced the 20th January 2003 Region 2 DVD release of Metropolis with a retail price of £19.99. This all-new 2-disc Special Edition release will contain the following....

Disc One

  • 4:3 transfer taken from a newly restored print with a running time of 118 minutes (when projected at 25fps)
  • Silent with original score written by Gottfried Huppertz
  • Audio commentary by film historian Enno Patalas
Disc Two

  • The Metropolis Case - From Art to Cinema; From Caligari to Metropolis; From Vienna to Berlin; The Making of Metropolis; Imaginary Architecture; Viewing Machines; Special Effects; Sound Pictures; The Unmaking; The Remaking; After Metropolis
  • The Restoration - Metropolis as an Example of Film Restoration
  • Photo Galleries - The Making of Metropolis - Production Stills; Missing Scenes; Architectural Sketches; Costume Designs; Poster
  • Facts and Dates
  • Biographies - Fritz Lang; Thea von Harbou; Erich Pommer; Karl Freund; Gunther Rittau; Otto Hunte; Erich Kettelhut; Gottfried Huppertz; Brigitte Helm; Gustav Frohlich; Rudolf Klein-Rogge; Alfred Abel; Heinrich George
  • DVD Credits
To coincide with the double disc special edition release, Eureka, in conjunction with Arrow films, is also releasing Metropolis theatrically in two London venues on 17th January 2003 - the NFT and The Other Cinema (formally known as The Metro) - followed by a regional screening programme.

The following text is taken from the Press Release...

Directed by Fritz Lang and written by his wife Thea von Harbou, Metropolis is a landmark in film history and a huge influence on subsequent sci-fi and fantasy films, most notably Blade Runner and the Star Wars series. Backed by the vast, state-operated Ufa, the film was a milestone in cinematic technique involving thousands of extras, astounding futuristic sets and groundbreaking special effects.

Now, with Eureka Video's double disc special edition release, it is possible to view Metropolis with a photographic quality that comes extremely close to the visual impression made by the premiere copy of 1927, and brings to a successful close the efforts of various film archives to reconstruct and preserve this quite extraordinary film. A fascinating celebration of a timeless classic that will astound and entertain, this is a must-have release for any serious film collection.

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