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Fritz Lang’s epic vision of a futuristic city where workers toil for their domineering overseers has proved an immeasurable influence on science-fiction filmmaking.
Fritz Lang’s epic vision of a futuristic city where workers toil for their domineering overseers has proved an immeasurable influence on science-fiction filmmaking.
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Fritz Lang claimed to have been inspired to make Metropolis by his first glimpse of the New York skyline. The result is the grandest science fiction film of the silent era (and for many years to come), a seminal prediction of a megacity where the masses work as slaves for the good of a ruling elite.

The DNA of huge swathes of sci-fi cinema is traceable in Lang’s production, from the mad-scientist creation of the robot Maria, which would feed into Hollywood’s Frankenstein (1931), to the imposing Art Deco cityscapes (ingeniously created using miniatures by Eugen Schüfftan), which became the model for later depictions of dystopian cities, from Blade Runner (1982) to Brazil (1985). The strikingly angular set design is characteristic of the German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s.

“A futuristic, visually compelling allegorical look at relations between capital and labor in a Big Brother society ruled by robots, antagonism and fear. An impressive monument to Lang’s artistic vision.”
Ephraim Katz, The Macmillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1998

DVD/Blu-ray Special Features

• 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world) in a 1080p AVC encode

• New 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 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, 55 minutes) documentary about the film

• 2010 re-release trailer

• 56-PAGE BOOKLET featuring an archival article by Fritz Lang; a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel; articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf; and restoration notes by Martin Koerber


Fritz Lang claimed to have been inspired to make Metropolis by his first glimpse of the New York skyline. The result is the grandest science fiction film of the silent era (and for many years to come), a seminal prediction of a megacity where the masses work as slaves for the good of a ruling elite.

The DNA of huge swathes of sci-fi cinema is traceable in Lang’s production, from the mad-scientist creation of the robot Maria, which would feed into Hollywood’s Frankenstein (1931), to the imposing Art Deco cityscapes (ingeniously created using miniatures by Eugen Schüfftan), which became the model for later depictions of dystopian cities, from Blade Runner (1982) to Brazil (1985). The strikingly angular set design is characteristic of the German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s.

“A futuristic, visually compelling allegorical look at relations between capital and labor in a Big Brother society ruled by robots, antagonism and fear. An impressive monument to Lang’s artistic vision.”
Ephraim Katz, The Macmillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1998

DVD/Blu-ray Special Features

• 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world) in a 1080p AVC encode

• New 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 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, 55 minutes) documentary about the film

• 2010 re-release trailer

• 56-PAGE BOOKLET featuring an archival article by Fritz Lang; a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel; articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf; and restoration notes by Martin Koerber


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SKU 5060000403213
Catalogue Number EKA40321
Subtitle a film by Fritz Lang
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1927
Publisher(s) Eureka Masters of Cinema
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Countries Germany
Aspect ratio 1.37:1
Colour B&W
Sound Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo + 5.1 Surround
Subtitles English (optional, feature & documentary)
Language(s) German intertitles
Running time 150 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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