Several months ago it was announced that Frtiz Lang’s 1927 classic science fiction film Metropolis would be getting a theatrical re-release this summer to celebrate its digital restoration, which is complete with 25 minutes of lost footage. The theatrical release will then be followed by a Blu-Ray release allowing for glorious home viewing of the restored classic.
To commemorate the film’s upcoming theatrical run, Kino Int. has just released an official trailer for the version they are calling The Complete Metropolis. The trailer makes the film look cleaner than it has ever been before. There is some necessary grain that purists would chastise if it were removed, but other than that the picture is really smooth, the movements are very fluid, and it looks better than it ever has.
View the trailer for The Complete Metropolis below:
The new cut for the film was inspired by a 16mm negative of the film that was found in 2008 at the Buenos Aires Museo del Cine in Argentina. The found footage included 25 minutes that had never been seen since the film’s Berlin debut in 1927. The Murnau Foundation spearheaded the project which took about one year to complete and cost approximately $840,000. The new restoration not only cleans up the picture, but restores the original ending and restores the balance to characters by fixing some previously unresolved subplots.
Only a few dates and theatres have been announced for the re-release, but Kino promises that it will be available in every major film market this summer. You can check out their website for updates and more information.
[Source: First Showing]