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Metropolis - World Premiere

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Tonight - in a view minutes starts the world premiere of the complete and restorated movie in Berlin and Frankfurt.

Will watch on TV. Also in Berlin it will be shown in an open air cinema. 2000 people will watching and it is real freezing cold there.

I have the DVD with the restored 90min version and now curious to see the missing parts. Only a few minutes are lost until today.

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Finish! :)

It was quite impressive to watch the movie now complete. It was the first time I had the feeling to understand it all.

So what is really new? Most new scenes are about Josaphat and "der Schmale" (Thin Man =A spy of Joh Fredericson).

Also some new scenes with Joh Fredericson and the false Maria. Now the acting and the motives of those persons are understandable.

Metropolis is a classic! Without any question. And it was an event to watch the whole movie after more than 80 years. Enjoyed it.

But it´s also true there are better movies and what critics sayed about Metropolis in 1927 is right.

Don´t forget Metropolis was not a success and it was a great lost for the producing company.

Personally I prefer Fritz Lang´s "Die Nibelungen" from 1924. That´s a great classic.

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How did the restored scenes look? I understand the owner of the deteriorating 35mm footage had it printed to 16mm and then the 16mm incurred wear from use since the 60s. Guess he didn't know what he had in Argentina.

Can't wait to see it on DVD in April.

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You can differ the argentinian scenes from the others by their bad quality. I thought this strange situation very comfortable while watching.

Here is the story how I understand it.

The original 35mm film was in a bad quality after 30 years of use. An argentinian collector was clever enough to save it and copied it to 16mm.

Than the movie comes to the argentinian movie archive with lot of other movies from thecollection. First problem was the loss of information by the smaller size.

Second problem is the lots of scatches from the 35mm which now was copied. Today if you have a bad original you´ll copy it under fluid,

so lot of scatches will disappear. The only thing left for restoring the argentinian tapes was a digital work. 40.000 pictures had to be edit.

Here is a short video about the "new" Metropolis with only a few scenes of the argentinian tapes. Metropolis 2010

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Here is a short video about the "new" Metropolis with only a few scenes of the argentinian tapes. Metropolis 2010

That doesn't look terrible at all. It's not as clean but it's still not bad. I've only ever had the TERRIBLE Excelsior version which is fairly unwatchable. It took me several tries to even get through it. I never got around to the Kino DVD so I'm really looking forward to the Blu-ray release of this restored version.

John

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Can't wait to see it on DVD in April.

Available from Kino:

http://www.kino.com/metropolis/

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And, in a related story, a rare Metropolis Insert Movie Poster recently sold for $47,800.

Details here:

http://www.antiquetrader.com/article/metro..._47800/?print=1

I was watching those posters with particular interest in what the Kong would bring. Both were fantastic pieces. I haven't been able to find any info why Kirk was selling though. He also recently sold his mansion. I wonder if times are getting hard for Metallica. ;)

John

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It won't be long, now...

http://www.kino.com/news/news-article.php?id=97

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I finaly saw this on a large movie screen ( as compared to a large tv set) at a small local art theater.

I had not seen this movie for along time and greatly injoyed it.

The theater used the blue ray edition for the limited distribution showing.

I will get the DVD when it is avaialble.

I was also able to buy one of the limited edition movie posters.

Get black and white image of Hel being tranformed to Maria.

Same as the cover for the Blue Ray edition but with out the Blue Ray notice at the top.

Have Fun !

Mr. Jan

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For anyone who might be interested, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will be airing the completely restored version of Metropolis on November 7 at 8PM. Following the film will be documentaries on the restoration of this awesome film. More here:

http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article/?cid=25817

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I just watched the restored Metropolis on TCM. All I can say is WOW! Having seen all the previous versions, this one takes all the disjointed scenes and makes sense of them. The documentary of the restoration featured a long pan of the 16" Masudaya False Maria robot.

Truly one of the most important sci-fi pictures of all time.

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QUOTE (Joe K. @ Apr 23 2010, 06:25 PM) And, in a related story, a rare Metropolis Insert Movie Poster recently sold for $47,800.

Details here:

<a href="http://www.antiquetrader.com/article/metropolis_poster_brings_47800/?print=1" target="_blank">http://www.antiquetrader.com/article/metro..._47800/?print=1</a>

I don't know if this is the same poster but apparently this 1927 Metropolis poster is coming up for sale and is expected to fetch at least a million dollars according to Yahoo news

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