Moroder’s Metropolis – masterpiece or monstrosity?

Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder, at the controls of his own 'heart machine'

Last year, we reported that Kino Lorber was releasing Giorgio Moroder’s musical re-edit of Fritz lang’s Metropolis on Blu-Ray in America – followed by a limited theatrical release. Now, Eureka Entertainment has announced a UK DVD/DVD steelbook release for the movie on 23 July 2012.

If you need to refresh your memory, Giorgio Moroder’s version came out in 1984 and looks very different to the latest restoration. Working with the most complete version of the film he could find at the time, Moroder added a rock soundtrack, washed some different scenes with bright tints and made the whole thing run faster by removing the intertitles and using the text for subtitles. It’s a strange beast, and perhaps needless to say, a cult favourite.

So – after all the recent excitement over the “complete” Metropolis, are you horrified by the thought of watching Moroder’s hard-rocking version? Or do you have fond memories of this “retro-futurist” experiment? Perhaps it was the the first silent movie you saw and it holds happy memories of your first steps into early cinema? Maybe you’re just a big Freddie Mercury fan. Let us know what you think by completing our poll, or commenting below

4 thoughts on “Moroder’s Metropolis – masterpiece or monstrosity?”

  1. I was very disappointed when I visited New York last year to miss a screening of a new print of this version in a Moroder season.

    Lets face it, what silent film wouldn’t be improved by being drastically edited and given a pounding rock soundtrack. Particularly Napoleon.

    ( 😉 , obviously)

  2. It wasn’t the first silent film I saw but it made me interested in Fritz Lang which lead to discovering Georges Melier and then others. I loved it when it was released but haven’t seen it since. I adore my original rock musicless version on DVD. Not sure if I’d revist the Moroder version.

  3. Most of the rock songs weren’t that great, but the two biggest stars Freddie Mercury and Pat Benetar did deliver good tracks. The best part was Giorgio’s instrumental score though, if you enjoy his electronic dance music. Giorgio’s “I Feel Love” collaboration with Donna Summer was just inducted into the US National Recording Registry of the Library Of Congress. Giorgio and his synthesizers were pure magic.

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