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Giorgio Moroder-Revamped 'Metropolis' Returns

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Another Metropolis rerelease? As Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin would say, “You Betcha!” (Yikes. Sorry. I just couldn't resist.)

As the Kino Lorber press release explains, back in 1981, three-time Academy Award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder (Midnight Express, Flashdance, Top Gun) began a three-year endeavor to restore Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis. At the time, Moroder came up with a contemporary score for the film – a decision that didn't please many – featuring “the biggest stars of the early MTV era,” among them Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, and Jon Anderson.

The release adds that “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!” The purist in me isn't sure that's such a good thing, but it does sound intriguing all the same.

Since the mid-'80s, this version of Metropolis has remained out of print, but now Kino Lorber has come up with a new HD transfer and “is presenting the film in the best possible quality – just as it was seen in its original release in August 1984.” Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel, and Rudolf Klein-Rogge star. Lang's wife (and Klein-Rogge's former wife) Thea von Harbou wrote the screenplay.

Last year, a restored (and more traditional) version of Metropolis brought in nearly 528k in North America. Not bad at all for a silent 83-year-old film that has been available on home video for decades.

Beginning Oct. 7, Moroder's revamped Metropolis will be screened throughout the United States and Canada. Those in Los Angeles can catch it at Cinefamily from Oct 7-12. Those in New York City can check it out at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Oct 14-15.

For more information and full schedule, go here.

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