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Giorgio Moroder's musical Metropolis on DVD in July

21 May 2012

In the era when one could still but only dream of a comprehensive restoration of Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi epic Metropolis, esteemed pop artist/producer and pioneering electronic composer Giorgio Moroder followed his work on Brian De Palma's cult-classic Al Pacino vehicle Scarface by assembling his own version of Lang's 1920s classic. The result was a zeitgeist-infused, high-kitsch/high-art amalgam of some of the quintessential cinema images and then-contemporary 1980s pop-chart melodrama.

For millions around the world (not us, I should say) it is this version of Metropolis – featuring music by Moroder himself and artistes such as Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, and Jon Anderson – which first comes to mind whenever mention is made of the Lang original or, indeed, the iconic imagery and power of silent cinema. You pays your money...

Gorgio Moroder's reqworking of Fritz Lang's Metropolis will make its UK DVD debut on 23rd July 2012 courtesy of Eureka Entertainment at the RRP of £20.42.

Featuring a new high-definition restoration from rare original 35mm elements and the original stereo and 5.1 surround audio options, the disc will also have a single extra feature:

  • The Fading Image, a vintage documentary from 1984 detailing the creation of Moroder's reconstruction.

Here's the official trailer: