Saturday, November 19, 2011


One of the landmark events of 2010 was the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Fritz Lang's silent film classic, METROPOLIS. Not only did it present the best possible viewing experience to date, but it also included a portion of the film that was thought lost.

Like many filmatic treasures, a more complete copy was known to exist in a film archive in, of all places, Argentina. After its rediscovery and subsequent restoration it was released in its present form by the venerable Kino Video.

This review is from the August/September 2011 issue of the Australian SOUND+IMAGE magazine. The reviewer gives it a 4-out-of-5 star "Cool Blu" rating. I might have bumped it to a "5" if for nothing more than the ostentatious occasion. Maybe that's just the Monsterologist in me, but it was a historical moment for cinephiles.

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