Kino Lorber Presents Revamped ‘Metropolis’6 Sep, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff
Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Giorgio Moroder’s adaptation of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, slated for release in theaters, home video and VOD as Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis.
“I began a three-year endeavor to restore Metropolis with an eye towards introducing it to new audiences,” said Moroder, an Academy Award-winning composer. “It was 1981, and by then Metropolis had almost disappeared from circulation. Now, my good friends at Kino Lorber have created a new digital transfer, from one of the few existing prints, in order to present Metropolis to you as it was seen in 1984.”
Moroder’s version of Metropolis — originally a silent film — includes a contemporary score with songs from Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and others. It also adds subtitles, sound effects and color tinting.
The science-fiction classic arrives on Blu-ray Disc ($34.95) and DVD ($29.95) on Nov. 15, with limited-edition packaging, the original trailer, a photo gallery, an introduction by Moroder and the documentary The Fading Image, chronicling the restoration process.
“Metropolis is cinema in its most visionary and spectacular form, and this film’s restoration was, in itself, an epic story,” Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said. “Moroder’s version was the missing link in a rich genealogy, leading up to last year’s The Complete Metropolis, so I’m thrilled that Kino Lorber can make this available on all our platforms.”