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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by oscar_merkx, Dec 13, 2009.
Great news! I was wondering about the status of this just the other day.
This'll be a must have for me. Just hope they retain the original Huppertz score on the new release.
ok here is an update, i know this is long , but its verbatum fromhttp://www.arte.tv/de/arte-magazin/3032192.html translated as to what to possibly expect whne Kino brings this to blu-ray METROPOLISTHE WHOLE STORY var uri_amigo_revoir_id3032192_more = "/de/arte-magazin/Aktuelles-Heft/FEBRUAR-2010/3032192,templateId=renderServicesAmigo,CmPart=com.arte-tv.www.html";
It was a world sensation, showed up than last year, 25 were thought lost minutes of film from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". After extensive restoration work is now at the Berlinale, the first time since 1927 "Metropolis" shown in the original form. ARTE broadcasts the event live! A bulky office building on the outskirts of Munich. Outside, the picturesque desolation seems to be the camera of a Wim Wenders and David Lynch to wait. Inside, sunlight and the outside world have no business being. Here, at the Alpha & Omega, will be restored films. More precisely meet here film studies, art programming, the use of chemicals, which are not suitable for chemical kits and a huge portion of enthusiasm for the work of digital film restoration. For each film directors, there are places and situations where it runs down a more or less holy thrill back. We caught it here: The first appearance of a digitally restored part of Fritz Lang's enormous silent film "Metropolis". One part we have never seen before. An adventurous Fund Before we dive into the "lost" scenes from "Metropolis", let us tell two stories. One of adventurous discovery of the material for the most complete version of the film since its premiere. The others of an entirely new method of film images which, because of countless scrapes and tread are only dimly visible through the use of newly developed computer programs to restore such a way that correspond to light and again contrasts with what has turned director 1925/26. The history of the discovery, said Helmut Poßman, Chairman of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, which manages the restoration work, and it occurs to him to begin a discreet word "kurios a" Fernando Pena, a passionate film lover, had in the late 1980s years, a conversation with the head of a small film clubs in Buenos Aires. The complained about the troubles in the projection of a copy of "Metropolis". More than two hours because he had to stand next to the projector and press the old film, so he does not jump out of the leadership. The "more than two hours" were either the small exaggeration of a stressed Projektionisten - or the hint of a sensational discovery. For "Metropolis", which is also the unfortunate story of a film mutilation of the people believed until recently that it is irrevocable. Today we see in Fritz Lang's film like the zeitgeist of the 20s, a volatile mix of fear and Future Vision, a Christian, Marxist and, unfortunately, proto-fascist ideas. At the time of its premiere, but this seemed so far most expensive German film to miss the taste of the audience thoroughly. And remained the criticism, for all his enthusiasm for the technical services, highly skeptical. "A factual issue cruel kitsch. Effects, not because worldviews urge to explosions, but because the film wants his tricks. The conclusion that the tearful reconciliation between employers and workers - terrible. "For example, destroying the Berliner Börsen-Courier, 11 January 1927 "Metropolis" after its premiere. At that time the film was 4189 meters long, which corresponds to a duration of approximately 154 minutes. After critics and viewers were denied their followers, got cut up on behalf of Parufamet-rental company, a drastically shortened version that conformed to one version, for which the American author responsible Channing Pollock drew. Frankly, he had known that they have made to the act its own rhyme. When the film in the new version came to German cinemas, its length was only 3241 meters. Too good to be true Cut into what is now Buenos Aires. Here, the reference had left the long version of "Metropolis" our film enthusiasts Fernando Pena no peace. However, the search initially went back into space, presumably the "Museo del Cine was" afraid of foreign views on more or less properly stored treasures of film history. Only when Paula Félix-Didier, formerly the wife of Fernando Pena, the Film Museum took over the leadership, has intensified the search and had success very quickly. Until of course, the prospects Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, the copy and finally give the go-ahead for the restoration could have been quite a few phone calls, emails, and trips across the ocean is necessary. The story of the almost-original copy of "Metropolis" was simply too beautiful to be able to believe she would have immediately. Rehabilitation of a masterpiece. The plot of "Metropolis" is reasonably well known: In the future, a certain John Fredersen rules over an industrial metropolis where the workers toil to exhaustion on huge machines. When Fred Ersen's son Freder misery in this "underworld" is aware he is on the side of the rebellion, while he has fallen in love with the beautiful Mary, who then embodied in the catacombs, an early Christian ideal of charity. But there is still a villain, the inventor Rotwang, with Fredersen has a personal score to settle. Using a robot that receives the traits of Mary, he uses the rebellion of the workers themselves. This leads to disaster. And in the end, when Metropolis is just barely escaped the destruction mediated, at that infamous reconciliation between mind and hand, through the heart. With the new scenes in the film receives many new meaning. The original is more emotional and human than what we previously knew as architecturally daring film fairy tale. Particularly impressive is the scene about to take refuge in the children from the lower city, the straight - which is recognizable only in the full version - is being flooded by water from the upper town. This scene contains both, a much sharper critique of the class structure of the city, and an emotional impact, which may, according to the lender at the time the audience overwhelmed. Even today, the scene of a trained disaster pictures view is very close. Almost as important in the new version, we see that Metropolis is inhabited by people. The old versions show an archetypal conflict, and hence has been watching ever broken up a bit: the admiration for the visual power of film and head-shaking about the strange ideology (by the way, Fritz Lang's later vehemently distanced). In the restored version, we now discover the inner relationship with the metropolis of Berlin in the 20s. And in that people who are similar to and are torn between loyalty and lust for life, responsibility, and conformism. The Metropolis is not only an outward form, but also an inner life. And Fritz Lang's film has once again what had been taken from him: a soul. Soul, computer work Are added up, the film conveys this life lost, had rediscovered the scenes as in a puzzle in the current version of "Metropolis". The timetable for reconstruction was built in the Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden, was based on the traditional music of Gottfried Huppertz original with their 1028 data for synchronous interaction of film and orchestra. Following a separate program for digital processing of damaged film images was developed. "It's about," said Thomas Bakels repair of Alpha & Omega, "the image without violating its integrity. There should be no foreign content by editing, not a single pixel is changed by us. " How this works in detail, will not reveal, of course. But we suspect that even a computer can begin to recognize not only pictures, but they also think about ". After digital processing, the result is copied back to film, so that the images received the original grain. Thus, the film does not seem like a cold digital reconstruction, but as if you were sitting just in the movies. 1927 maybe. This ultimately contributes also what gives the reconstructed "Metropolis" the last decisive hint of a soul music. The guideline is now the restoration of the original music score by Gottfried Huppertz, which the conductor Frank Strobel meticulously reconstructed frame accurate rehearsed with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. On 12 February, we "Metropolis" see not only hear but also very close to that, as was done by the visitors to the Berlin premiere. Perhaps with a little difference: we know what we have in this cinematic masterpiece that we had almost lost. THE ARTE GASTAUTOREN Georg Seeßlen, FILM CRITIC AND AUTHOR, AND MARK METZ, JOURNALIST, THE SHOW TOGETHER MULTIMEDIA PROJECT "THE FUTURE OF CINEMA" ARTE PLUS PUBLIC VIEWING: The world premiere of the reconstructed "Metropolis" version in Friedrichstadtpalast and publicly broadcast will be live at the Brandenburg Gate. On 12 February from 20:15 EXHIBITION: "The complete Metropolis," special exhibition at the Museum for Film and Television in Berlin. By 25 April 2010 BOOK TIP: "Fritz Lang's Metropolis, ed German Cinematheque, Belleville-Verlag 2010 ARTE LIVE EVENT Metropolis Silent Film • FR • 12.2. • Opening Gala 20:15 • Film Screening 20:40 The trip to Metropolis Documentation FR • 12.2. • 23:10
Thanks very much for the update & translation. I can't wait for it to be released!
A definite purchase for me come November.
There's also a movie trailer on the Apple trailers page: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/metropolis/ so we can get a glimpse of what it looks like in HD.
Some thoughts about the screening at the TCM Classic Film Festival:
What Martin said. I was at that TCM fest screening of Metropolis and it blew everyone's minds out the doors of Grauman's Chinese and all over Hollywood Boulevard. (The Alloy's score was fantastic -- perfect eerie aural atmospherics for what was on the theater's giant screen.) Movie going doesn't get better than that. Seeing it on Blu-ray won't be quite the same thing, I'm sure, but one thing is for certain -- with the restored footage, this movie FINALLY makes sense. You can now enjoy it for the story (several barely there subplots are now important parallel storylines) as well as the monumental visuals.
The restored King Kong and A Star is Born also looked fantastic at the Chinese. (Alas, I missed North By Northwest.) The upcoming Blu-rays of these should be awesome too. (Though I don't think that Kong one has been announced yet.)
By the way, all the films shown at Grauman's Chinese during the festival were digitally projected.
Not all. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly was a 35mm print from the 2003 extended recut, complete with several light lines and a short section with ugly green lines .
I don't imagine so, but was any of the lost footage of A Star is Born found?
It may have been found but is still inaccessible to movie buffs: http://www.thejudyroom.com/asib/asib-article.html
First Details for Metropolis UK Blu-ray http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4545
Full details of the upcoming MoC release at the dedicated website.
Thanks for the link, a fantastic website
We've gotten early details and artwork on the upcoming, highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the reconstructed and restored version of Metropolis!:
"Following the theatrical release in September The Masters of Cinema Series have Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc editions of Fritz Lang's Metropolis in its newly reconstructed and restored version planned for release in 'Late 2010'. Through the official website they have revealed early artwork and specs...
-150-minute feature film (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world)
-Special-edition packaging with lavish wraparound sleeve and embossed printing
-Pristine film transfers presented on Blu-ray (1080p) and DVD (2-disc)
-Newly translated optional English subtitles
-Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum
-Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010) documentary about the film
-56-page booklet featuring new essays, archival interviews, vintage production stills, and more
-Further extras to be announced nearer the release date"
curious to see the Kino Art as well