Blu-ray, DVD Release: Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis

Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis movie sceneGiorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis is a 1984 edition of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 science fiction epic Metropolis supervised by Academy Award-winning composer Moroder (Midnight Express, Flashdance) that made some some notable noise when it was issued theatrically back in the Eighties.

Working in collaboration with film archives around the world, Moroder supervised a special reconstruction of the silent movie featuring color tinting, fewer inter-titles, newly restored footage and a lively new score punctuated with Eighties-era pop songs by such artists as Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler and Loverboy.

Rather than substitute the digitally enhanced footage from one of the restorations that have occurred in the 27 years since the release of Moroder’s effort (restorations that can be seen in editions of Metropolis that Kino has issued prior to this release), Kino has chosen to present the film exactly as it appeared in 1984, mastered from an archival 35mm print.

The Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis Blu-ray and DVD contain the following bonus features:

  • “The Fading Image” Produced by Giorgio Moroder in 1984, a rarely-seen documentary about film preservation goes behind the scenes of his restoration and scoring of Metropolis.
  • Original trailer
  • Gallery
  • A personal message from Giorgio Moroder

Here’s the funky trailer:

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