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I always talk about it whenever it comes up since it's an amazing movie. The most complete edition is called The Complete Metropolis. It has the newly found footage but, unfortunately, the new footage was not restored or at least not yet restored.
My hope is that Criterion will one day take a crack at it and fix it up.
The movie was directed by Fritz Lang who also directed M with a young Peter Lorre, another fantastic movie. The movie is based on the story written by Mr. Lang's wife at the time, Thea von Harbou and I own a first [English] edition copy of that book.
Considering how many stories, movies, and even music videos this movie has inspired, it's almost cliché watching it but only because of its massive influence which created the cliché to begin with.
The link I have above is the most complete and it has pretty solid commentary including the discovery of the latest copy which is what you see here. The specific link - here it is again - includes a 50-minute documentary of how they made this specific version which talks about them finding the footage and how it was restored to fit within the already restored content.
This specific copy - which you can listen in OP's link - also has the original score!
This link and the Blu Ray I linked to ARE the definitive copies of the film. It's almost the full release (again only 5 minutes missing) and the only thing that would make this better is to restore some of the scenes which have not been upscaled yet. I'm truly hoping that Criterion does their magic to it one way.
Metropolis is a fantastic movie and I hope Criterion will one day fix it up and release a definitive edition.
Until then, this is the most updated cut. It's called "The Complete Metropolis". It has 25 minutes of additional footage that was found. Unfortunately, although the transfer is on Blu Ray, the additional footage is raw and is of bad quality but the rest of the movie looks amazing! It doesn't have the 1980s Giorgio Moroder soundtrack (which I'm personally not a fan of but here's a sample for contrast).
The movie was directed by Fritz Lang who also directed M with Peter Lorre. It was his wife, however - Thea von Harbou - who wrote the original novel. I collect rare and antique books and I own the first English edition :]
I love the story and the movie and I'm just here to share the love.
Since I love Metropolis, bits of info:
Unfortunately, the original cut is lost in time and there have been several restorations. Recently, an additional 25 minutes of footage was found. Although not fully restored (looking at you, Criterion), we do have the most complete version of the movie on Blu Ray and here is the direct link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040QYROK/ ($25).
I'm a huge fan of the movie so here's some info. To start, the original movie was longer by about 5 minutes than this version and is likely lost to history. They found a copy of the longest cut ever in (I believe) a salt mine storage facility with almost half an hour of new content and that is this copy here. Some scenes haven't been fully restored due to damage and hopefully Criterion can take a crack at it. If you want to buy a physical copy of it, you're looking at "The Complete Metropolis" and here's a link which is currently selling for $20.85. There is a famous copy in 1984 where Georgio Moroder composed the music with popular artists including Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, etc. Here is that version but note that it's a shorter movie, running at 83 minutes vs. 148 minutes here.
The movie stars Brigitte Helm as Maria and the machine (this was her first movie). The machine likely inspired George Lucas to base C3PO on the design.
The movie inspired other artists like Madonna who based her Express Yourself music video on it (NSFW).
The film was directed by Fritz Lang who was married at the time to Thea von Harbou. She wrote the screenplay and the original book the movie is based on and I'm lucky enough to own a copy :]
Thea and Fritz also collaborated on M (1931), which put Peter Lorre's name on the map. There is an amazing Criterion copy of the film which I highly recommend.
Enjoy the movie :]
I think I'm gonna go with "The Complete Metropolis." The film has had many different versions both by itself and in adaptations, but the recent discovery of 25 minutes of long-lost footage in Brazil resulted in the most complete version of the film.
I feel fortunate in that I had not seen any of the previous versions or adaptations of "Metropolis", so it was my first time watching the film in it's most complete condition.
The restoration on Blu-Ray looks absolutely stunning. The production design is astonishing, the characters are wonderfully played, and the story and themes remain as achingly and hauntingly relevant now as they were almost one hundred years ago.
Strongly recommend find "The Complete Version" of "Metropolis" on Blu-Ray.
This recent release incorporates a lot of critical footage that was thought lost for decades. The restoration is quite good considering how poorly kept the reels had been.
I just saw this film for the very first time and it is an incredible piece of work.
There's a Blu-Ray called the Complete Edition with the long-lost footage found in Brazil restored and reincorporated.
This is the most complete, and well worth it.
This article is why we have it.
You're a movie buff! Great to talk with you! If you haven't seen these, these are some of my very most favorite movies.
Bicycle Thief - Vittorio De Sica (1948ish)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Wiene (1919ish)
M - another Fritz Lang - 1931
Wild Strawberries - Bergman (1957)
Kwaidan - Kobayashi (1964)
Fantastic Planet - Laloux (1973) animated
Light Years - Laloux (1987) animated
Twilight of the Cockroaches - Yoshida (1989)
Secret of NIMH - Bluth (1982) animated
Dark Crystal - Jim Henson (1982) puppets