Giorgio Moroder’s restoration of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is a cult item set for a limited edition DVD release next week by Eureka Entertainment (23rd July). But how would you like to see it a whole seven days before? If you’re interested in watching the flick online early then you can click on the link here Metropolis for the chance to watch the iconic sci-fi masterpiece. The charge is set at £3.99 for a seventy-two hour rental period.
Incredibly, this is the first time Moroder’s version has made it on to the DVD format. I recently voted Metropolis my thirteenth favourite film ever in the inter-blog Top Twenty Films Challenge. In what ever cut available, Lang’s master work is fascinating to behold.
In the era when one could still but only dream of a comprehensive restoration of Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi epic Metropolis, esteemed pop artist/producer and pioneering electronic composer Giorgio Moroder followed his work on Brian De Palma’s cult-classic Al Pacino vehicle Scarface by assembling his own version of Lang’s 1920s classic. The result was a zeitgeist-infused, high-kitsch/high-art amalgam of some of the quintessential cinema images and then-contemporary 1980s pop-chart melodrama.
For millions around the world, it is this version of Metropolis – featuring music by Moroder himself and artistes such as Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, and Jon Anderson – which first comes to mind whenever mention is made of the Lang original or, indeed, the iconic imagery and power of silent cinema.
UK Release Date: 23rd July