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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  82 minutes, documentary, original trailer, photo gallery, Complete Metropolis trailer
VIDEO:  1.33:1 (Full Frame)
AUDIO:   5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English

STUDIO:  Kino Classics/ Kino Lorber/ Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung/ Transit Film
RELEASE DATE:  11-15-2011

Back in the mid-1980s, my introduction to METROPOLIS was through the version that Giorgio Moroder edited together along with a few other changes like setting a contemporary score, adding pop songs (more on that soon), color tinting some footage through rotoscoping, adding sound effects, and even English subtitles (in place of English inter-titles even though they don't totally go away).   I discovered METROPOLIS in its more complete and original forms years later via the first attempt at a complete restoration (still missing several minutes)and last year's COMPLETE METROPOLIS (link to that review is included at the end of this review) which only has about less than five minutes missing.   I won't go on about what METROPOLIS is about since it is likely most people who read this review know what METROPOLIS is about.

Giorgio Moroder's version is a new film in itself.  It starts out well with all the changes Moroder does to the film.   The only two things that really bug me after seeing over 20 years later is that some of the pop music songs don't work (they take away from the film) and Moroder changes the motive behind the false Maria robot (and none of Rotwang's revenge against Joh Frederson is in this version).   If you want to experience METROPOLIS for the first time, go watch the COMPLETE METROPOLIS instead.   Giorgio Moroder's version is a curiosity and an alternative version to the Fritz Lang classic.   The one big thing it did was introduce people to the Fritz Lang film (and hopefully every new viewer tracked down and watched Lang's original version).

THE FADING IMAGE is a rarely seen 18 minute documentary on film restoration and a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration and scoring or Moroder's version.

Also included on the disc are trailers for THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS and GIORGIO MORODER PRESENTS METROPOLIS, a photo gallery, and liner notes by Giorgio Moroder.

FINAL ANALYSIS:   Giorgio Moroder's reedited and re-scored METROPOLIS is a do and don't on making an alternate version of a classic film.  It helped people discover METROPOLIS.  It remains a curiosity.  I'm glad it is available on DVD and blu-ray, but it is only for the METROPOLIS completest.

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