The 2010 Restoration of Metropolis is still in UK cinemas and I can highly recommend seeing it on the big screen as it is a wonderful experience (A list of screenings can be found here). Following this theatrical run the film is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Masters of Cinema.
For anyone unfamiliar with Masters of Cinema, they are a fantastic DVD and Blu-ray label who describe themselves as “a specially curated DVD collection of classic and world cinema using the finest available materials for home viewing”. The digital theatrical presentation of Metropolis was of a very high standard and given Masters of Cinema’s track record with transfers (such as the impressive Blu-ray of Lang’s M) this is sure to be an essential purchase.
Metropolis will be released on DVD, Blu-ray & Limited Edition Dual Format Steelbook on the 22nd of November.
The special features are as follows.
• 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world)
• Separate DVD and BD editions with wraparound embossed sleeve, or Ltd Ed Steelbook Dual Format edition
• Pristine new HD transfer (1080p on Blu-ray)
• New 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1
• Newly translated optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles
• Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum
• Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film
• 2010 re-release trailer
• 56-page booklet featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang, a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel, articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf, and restoration notes by Martin Koerber.