Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (Giorgio Moroder Presentation) Back in Theaters

“In 1981, three-time Academy Award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a three-year endeavor to restore the science fiction classic, Metropolis. During this process, Moroder made the controversial decision to give the film a new, contemporary score, and added a pop music soundtrack featuring songs from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, including Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and more. In addition to the new score, missing footage was re-edited into the film, intertitles were removed and replaced with subtitles and sound effects and color tinting were added, creating an all new experience…and an all-new film! But for more than a quarter century, this version of Metropolis has remained out of print – until now. A new HD transfer was created from one of the few remaining prints available, and Kino Lorber is presenting the film in the best possible quality – just as it was seen in its original release in August 1984.”

Seen it? Love it? Hate it?

No matter what, these current screenings are sure to be lively, campy, fun gatherings. (If any of our good readers up going, please report back!)

Click through to the KINO LORBER website for playdates.

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7 Responses to “Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (Giorgio Moroder Presentation) Back in Theaters”

  1. rumorsofmydemise Says:

    It’s playing in my city! I think I just peed a little.

  2. Dave L. Says:

    I haven’t seen the Moroder version since I took a film history class in college many years ago. Alas, it is not playing in Arizona, and will be out of LA at the end of the month.

    Hopefully they’ll do a blu-ray release before too long. Then I can pick up The Complete Metropolis and this version and do a comparison.

  3. Jezcabelle Says:

    Most recently viewed last year on the big screen w/ a live orchestra performing the original music. It was AMAZING. Absolutely beautiful.

    I’m looking forward to catching this version for comparison… The theatre sold out for the showings last year, perhaps hassling them to bring this is in order. The only dates it will be near me – I am already completely booked solid.

  4. Shannon Says:

    I’m totally into it. I love the original, but the marriage of two windows in time (20s and 80s) is sure to be an experience in and of itself. Would be great if they screened it in one of the Broadway theaters.

  5. mizzcorrie Says:

    done here in Australia last year with live musicians !! absoluteely fabulouS!!

  6. dylandigits Says:

    I had no idea this existed! As a fan of the original film as well as Moroder, I’m super excited to check it out.

    I thought I’d mention Jeff Mills’ soundtrack to the film, with which perhaps Coilhouse readers might not be familliar. It’s a perfect companion to the film, done in Mills’ signature dark and eerie Detroit techno style. (more details: http://www.discogs.com/Jeff-Mills-Metropolis/release/750 ) Highly recommended and available for preview on youtube and the usual places people put things on the internet.

  7. Wesley Cook Says:

    Im super excited for this Moroder release! The way the new sounds sync up with the iconic images is outstanding. For all of us located in the UK like myself, I look forward to watching this release for the first time at metropolismovie.co.uk on July 16, thanks YEKRA for making this possible.