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UPDATED!! Images From Newly Recovered METROPOLIS Footage!!

Merrick again...
This has already been referenced in Talkbacks, but for those who haven't heard, Kino (who released the 2002 restoration of the film (available HERE) just indicated that their previously announced Blu-Ray of METROPOLIS will now include all of the recovered/lost footage. It will be available on standard DVD as well. It's not clear whether the discovered footage will be integrated directly into the film's narrative, or simple offered as supplemental material, although not offering a "complete" version of the film (new footage properly edited in) would be regarded by many as singularly lame - and I think Kino is too cool to half-ass something like this. This news comes to us via a post from the fine folks over at The Digital Bits, which you can read HERE. Also, an AICN reader named Aitam pointed us towards this YouTube video which features a ZDF TV (a German network) report on the recovered material. Needless to say, the piece is entirely in German...but the report does offer a few glimpses of the discovered material in motion, and gives us a sense of what the restoration team is up against with this one.
More shortly...if all goes well.

Merrick here...
I'm starting a second article about this because posting so much METROPOLIS material in one piece would make a single article too crowded & harder to follow. By now, you may've read that the original edit of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS, a significantly lengthier iteration lost for over 80 years, had been recovered in Buenos Aires. Find more details about this in our first article, HERE. In yesterday's post, we mentioned that German publication ZEITmagazin would print an article about the film's recovery today. This happened. And, thanks to the wonderful Lorquaine, I've received a .pdf of the extensive write-up about the material's discovery. The article is rather gargantuan, and in German. Some fine readers are working to translate & bring you many Geeky details about the original edit at this very moment. We also hope to have a few more pics from the recovered footage...which (by some estimates) may represent nearly a quarter of the film's original running time. My hope is that this article will remain dynamic for a day or two as we drop in captions, bring you more details, and snag a few more images. So, be sure to check back & I'll make it as easy as possible to keep up. For the moment, here are a few pics to tantalize you...glimpses of material lost for over eight decades. These are from today's issue of ZEITmagazin, courtesy of Lorquaine.

A Talkbacker in the previous article wanted to see the sequence in which Joh Fredersen visits the Hel statue. Well, here's what it looks like (in sequence, descending):

Here are shots from two other recovered sequences; we're attempting to get captions & more photos in short order and will update appropriately.

ADDED 1:50 PM CST USA - From ZEITmagazin via Lorquaine.


Finally, this from Lukeskywalter in Buenos Aires: media there says the recovered footage will be shown at some sort of press event TODAY. Is anyone reading this article able to get into said event, and willing to send back a report for the masses? If so, THIS IS MY E-MAIL!!!

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  • July 3, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I will buy this on BluRay

    by ATARI

    and first.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Waaaaaait a minit!

    by rockgolf

    If this is Metropolis, where the hell is Superman? Just kidding. What, the current Metropolis isn't long and boring enough?

  • July 3, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by StarWarsRedux

    Perhaps this'll be shown in the states sooner than I thought. I was afraid we'd have to wait a year or so while they restored and remastered it...

  • July 3, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Pretty amazing

    by kwisatzhaderach

    What a find.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    is that flava flav?

    by ironic_name

  • July 3, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Contemplate this on the Tree of Woe

    by Conans Sword

    i live in feckin ireland! theres no way in hell im ever gonna get to see this on the big screen!! (>.<)

  • July 3, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Let me just hop into my Lear

    by Marillion

    And jet away to Buenos Aires... <p> Or we could just wait for Peter Jackson to remake it and put out a Director's Cut DVD...

  • July 3, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    ... I think it is.

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    At least, she looks a lot like him. Cool news. Can't wait until this comes out on dvd, fully restored.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Awesome. Where's the torrent file?

    by V'Shael

    Seriously though, if stuff was freely copied and disseminated, instead of being hoarded by the copyright and IP guys, cool stuff like this would never disappear.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Clarification ...

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Looks a lot like Flava Flav, I mean.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Barring an original edit of Magnificent Amber

    by Samuel Fulmer

    sons being found, this is probably the best film discovery news we'll ever hear.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Magnificent Amber

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Starring Amber Waves and Dirk Diggler.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Truly amazing...

    by One Nation Under Zod

    ...And unfortunately very boring. The importance of this film in cinematic history cannot be overstated, nor it's impact on sci-fi and visuals. I just can't bring myself to sit through it sober anymore...

  • July 3, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Cool, I hope they remake it soon!

    by Stalin vs Predator

    Apologies, har-har. I just wanted to try imitating one of those cre-teens who swallow remakes and ask for more. I've actually heard one of them speak of "City of God" some time ago, saying "I heard it's good, but it's not in English, I'm waiting for the remake". He was serious, so I have no doubt that if one of those dolts ever heard of Metropolis and for some reason became interested in it, asking about a remake would be the first thing he'd do...

  • July 3, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I've never seen the original, should I check it out?

    by heyscot

    I can't believe this movie was made in the 20s. I also checked out Charlie Chaplin's movies and they are incredible. It taught me that there is breathtaking art to be found everywhere, in every era.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    This really is amazing...

    by tonagan

    Just when you think you can't be surprised anymore.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Thank you very much!

    by Doctor Phibes

    Oh man. I really appreciate this. I can't begin to imagine how rewarding it will be to finally see this. And imagine if they release it on blu-ray!

  • July 3, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    some stills also released by ZEIT online

    by Lorquaine

    Only a few images, e.g. that really nice one of the "Slender Man" ("Der Schmale", as he's called in German), reading the Metropolis Courier. Great shot.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Conans Sword

    its from cool runnings. whatevers wrong with no little thing

  • July 3, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    This movie is clearly a ripoff of Bioshock.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Conans Sword

    by FamousEccles

    Some place in Jackeen Town will show it on a cinema screen

  • July 3, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes!!

    by MGTHEDJ

    Glad they found it. No telling what else they will find in South America as the Nazi escapees and their child pass on.-----later-----m

  • July 3, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by DamnMichaelBay


  • July 3, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes!! (with corrections)

    by MGTHEDJ

    Glad they found it. No telling what else they will find in South America as the Nazi escapees and their children pass on.-----later-----m

  • July 3, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    You wold think mainstream press would

    by Larry of Arabia

    Have a little info somewhere maybe? New York Times or the New Yorker should be all over this by now. Has it even been picked up by the AP? Hollywood Reporter? Ok, the Hollywood rags will never have anything on this. I'm sure guys like Lucas, Cameron, Scott, and Scorsese are excited as schoolboys.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Music Score For Next DVD Release...

    by scallenger

    I wonder how they will take on the musical score for the eventual DVD release of this "Director's Cut"? My favorite released version is the beautifully remastered KINO version (the longest cut currently available), and if I am not mistaken it is the same people doing the restoration on this newly found version. If anyone has the KINO DVD, then they have heard the original score which is a beautiful and haunting score. I can't picture any other music to go with this movie (although others would say otherwise). I am wondering if they will either: A) Use the exsisting music for the KINO DVD in conjunction with newly recorded original score to fill in the gaps that have been found. B) Record the original score all over again, this time using ALL the music since now presumably ALL of the film is available. C) Use an entirely different score than before. I just hope they don't go with "C".

  • July 3, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Hope they get criterion or kino to clean it up nice

    by Coma Baby

    Can't wait to see this. The still images are beautiful - esp. the first of the guy before the curtain and also the woman running.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Hire an A list composer for the score

    by geodesigns

    And for the DVD, can we get interviews from sci-fi luminaries from all types: film directors, futurists, actors, comic book artists, etc.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    KINO Score

    by The Brain Machine

    Wasn't that score based on the score from the film's original release? I thought I had read that somewhere. <br> <br> If Kino is working with this new found footage to make the eventual Hi-Def version of the film, I would bet they would expand on the score used in the previous release. <br> <br> That disc looked, and sounded brilliant, and I can only assume this new transfer will look even greater. Of course - that is going to be a couple years down the road. Sad. Can't wait.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by The Brain Machine

    The scrore that was played by musicians along side the film for the original release...

  • July 3, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I Can Wait for the Blu-Ray . . .


    Because I probably won't have one for a year, since I bought an HD DVD player (thanks, Harry!) . . . but when I get one, I will be picking this up. Kewlness.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Still excited!

    by Atomik Steve

    Wow! i hope the footage pops up online soon. I would love to see it ASAP, whether it's restored or not.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Well, this was my chance to do something for AICN.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But it was raining today I finally got my copy of Seagalogy.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    EMBIGGEN My Dick!

    by Napolean Solo

    Just needed to say that.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    This is great news

    by Mattyboy122

    And instills some measure of hope that the long lost original cut of The Magnificent Ambersons might be found. One can only hope.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Original score

    by Lorquaine

    The movie has an original composition from 1926/27, and unlike the film, the complete score has been preserved apparently. They actually used the cue points and timing notes from the score to assemble a correctly timed "academic version" of the film a few years ago, with grey screens inserted where film scenes and shots were missing. For a re-issue of the film, it should definitely be BluRay. And theatrical! And it should include a re-recording of the original score, with the exact same number of players and orchestration, and a vintage, but beautifully sounding recording location. Hell, they could even pass this on to Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonics. (^_^) His work as conductor of the Henry V score was great. To my mind no other music should be used in the official re-release of the film except the one originally composed for it. But maybe they could add alternate audio tracks on the BluRay with previous recordings of the original score and the music assemblies by Moroder and Jeff Mills et al. That would actually be quite cool.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Ditto on

    by Lorquaine

    The Magnificent Ambersons. (!!)

  • July 3, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    this looks crap!

    by Mr_X

    the cgi looks terrible and what the hell kind of trailer is that? the jor-el sfx in smallville blow this out of the water. what the hell was Fritz Lang thinking. Thought i'd add my comments into the mix before all the other wankers do!

  • July 3, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is The Magnificent Ambersons?

    by Conans Sword

    everyone is going on about the magnificent ambersons...thats it, im using wiki!

  • July 3, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    fuck yes

    by stickmangrit

    this is awesome beyond all reason. i honestly thought this would never happen. some days it's nice to be proven full of shit.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ahh its an Orson Welles Movie...

    by Conans Sword

    right, suppose i better rent it at some stage then if its supposed to be so good

  • July 3, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I'd go for Williams

    by Lorquaine

    If they need new music for the film, it should be done by John Williams. He's the only one left who still has the "Golden Age" touch. Or they ask a classical composer who hasn't done film music before. Because composing for silents is a bit different from modern film scoring.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    this is amazing!!!

    by filmfanatic1

    I don't care what you snarky posters say, this is quite a discovery for film history! I always hated the many versions of METROPOLIS with various crappy soundtracks and dropped storylines. If a quarter of the film (half-hour?) has been found with the original soundtrack, every sci-fi geek out there should be thrilled to see one of the first sci-fi films restored!!!

  • July 3, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by sweeneydave

    I agree that Fritz Lang's M was way ahead of its time. Incredible movie. Would love to see a modern version of that. Gangs coming together to track down a child serial killer that has eluded the police. And the gangs step in just to get the cops off of THEIR backs. Great premise. And they creepy song that the murderer would whistle.... And then when they catch him he's all "Turn me in to the police. It's not my fault. I'm mentally unstable." And they're all, "Sorry dude. We are your judge and jury!" Genious of a movie.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I wonder what condition that print's in...

    by eggart

    ...after all those years lying around in South America... I'm not sure it's going to lead to a full-blown restoration. Certainly interesting though.

  • July 3, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Conans Sword: the ending was changed by the studio without Orson's permission. It's still a good movie, but the original ending is purportedly much better. <P> Lorquaine: The idea of a Williams score sounds interesting, but I'd much prefer the original myself. Though I do like the suggestion someone above made of having multiple audio tracks...someone could even do something similar to the Moroder audio, just to be different.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Could this be the thread to unite all TalkBackers?

    by Speed Fricassee

    This is fucking amazing that real film geeks can rally around. Can't wait until more info comes to light!

  • July 3, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    this can never be shown in a multiplex

    by bacci40

    would be sacrilidge...must only be in an old time movie palace, with live orchestra...or maybe a place like the hollywood bowl

  • July 3, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by Lorquaine

    I'm with you all the way: only the original score! I was just thinking loud there. (^_~)

  • July 3, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    This is amazing news!

    by Uncapie

    That is trulu "cool" news indeed! Now, if they can find the missing footage of the Strongman and what happened to him(The Freaks got their revenge on him and made him a soprano and I'm not talking Tony here!) in Tod Browning's "Freaks," the world will be complete!

  • July 3, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    OMFG!!! It's true!

    by msspurlock

    There's more than enough there to restore, so the print must be stable! I can't freakin' believe it. It's like somebody picking up a cup and saying, "whose Holy Grail is this?"

  • July 3, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    eggart: print quality

    by Lorquaine

    Judging from the ZEITLeben article the print's quality is "unfortunate". It's 16mm instead of the original 35mm, and it's a copy of a copy of a copy, and there was no cleaning process done during any of the copying processes. There are scratches, material defects, a substantial lack of contrast. So an assembled, integral version of the film will logically oscillate between HiQ-restored 35mm scenes and the scenes from the Buenos Aires print, restored as best as they can manage. But it'll never match the HiQ prints. But in a way, that would have some kind of charm. I remember watching the assembly cut of Alien3 a few years ago, and it wasn't that bad actually. From a historical standpoint, it's actually a good thing, because researchers can clearly distinguish between the majority version and the lost footage.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Hey Lorquaine

    by ByTor

    Can you do me a favor and drop me an email? Translate phonetics to letters: see aych eee eee are (at) dee el ess (dot) enn eee tee.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I saw the last restoration in a theater

    by geekzapoppin

    They insisted on cropping the thing to fuckin' 1.85:1. When my friend brought it to the theater's attention, they told him it was meant to be framed that way. My friend, who works in the Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center, just shook his head and came back into the auditorium. Idiots.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Conans Sword

    yeah looks interesting. ill add it to my must see this year list.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Amazing News

    by subtlety

    Even now I can hardly believe it. So many descriptions of this film which include the phrase "lost forever" will have to be altered! Silly and politically questionable as the plot can be (to the best of my knowledge, the most beloved movie ever written by a Nazi) I can't deny the feverish power of Metropolis' images and the way --even now-- they have the power to appeal to the imagination.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Official: it's 25 minutes of additional footage

    by Lorquaine

    The Murnau foundation spoke to the AFP, and they stated that the Buenos Aires print is 25 minutes longer than the previously known restored version. The also say: "Almost everything that had been missing, has been found." So I guess there *are* a few scenes or shots still lost. See here:

  • July 3, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Ah, the 20's...

    by alienindisguise

    some of the most creative films came out of that decade. I think alot of flicks nowadays would benefit from being silent to stifle all the shit ass dialog and piss poor acting.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    210 minutes? A newly assembled cut would clock…

    by Lorquaine

    …at 143 minutes (118 + 25). So BIG QUESTION HERE: what's with the 210-minutes version? Did such a long version really ever exist or is this just the usual exaggeration from legend?

  • July 3, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    That doesn't look half bad.

    by SergioGiorgini

    Didn't think it'd look that good. Man, I hope they don't let George Lucas do the 'clean-up'.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    SergioGiorgini: George Lucas

    by Lorquaine

    "I hope they don't let George Lucas do the 'clean-up'." LOOOL He would probably also insert C3PO to replace the original robot. (^o^)

  • July 3, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Lorquaine: running time

    by ByTor

    I suspect a lot of the discrepancies in running time have to do with frame rates. As with many movies in the period shot with hand-cranked cameras, frame rates can vary. Remember that the Moroder version was ~80 minutes, yet had more actual material than those butt-awful 139-minute VHS and DVD copies floating around before the Kino restoration came out. I suspect it will be some time before we really have a solid handle on exactly how much has been recovered and how complete the film now is.

  • July 3, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Subtlety: Lang a Nazi?

    by Lorquaine

    Fritz Lang was never a Nazi. His co-writer and ex-wife Thea von Harbou later sympathized with the Nazis, years after they had written the film.

  • July 3, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by Lorquaine

    Yes. I thought about that too. They used to shoot in 16 fps in those times. (I still have a 16mm camera with 16fps. Looks fantastic, even by today's standards.) A 24/25fps transfer will already result in shorter running times. Wikpedia writes that they actually cranked up the projection frame rate at the film's premiere, but that would have resulted in a lot less than 210 minutes. (???) But I guess there are experts who know better than me.

  • July 3, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Yeah, there seems to be some dispute as to what frame rate was actually used. I was also surprised to see the Kino release was 25 FPS. Eeugh.<P>Like I said, I think there will be some confusion for a while on this.

  • July 3, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Nazis... I hate these guys

    by One Nation Under Zod

    OK, so the guy hates the Jews... Is that such a big deal? It didnt stop people from seeing Apocalypto...

  • July 3, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Runtimes from IMDb

    by Lorquaine

    These are all the runtimes from IMDb, so we'd get at least 178 minutes with the new footage: 153 min | Germany:147 min (2001 restored version) | Germany:210 min (premiere cut) | Germany:80 min (Giorgio Moroder version) | Germany:93 min (re-release version) | USA:114 min (25 fps) (1927 cut version) | USA:123 min (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored version) | Spain:118 min (DVD edition) | USA:117 min

  • July 3, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    hmmmm...not following your math, Lorquaine

    by ByTor

    Regardless of what IMDb says, the 2002 Murnau DVD version has the most material of any release up until now, so if there's only 25 new minutes of stuff, that works out to be 148 minutes...

  • July 3, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Oh, too bad about it being 16mm...

    by eggart

    Still, it's definitely better than nothing.

  • July 3, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    When its this rare, I'll take in any format I can get!

    by Paul T. Ryan

    I have a DVD of Welles' The Trial where the prologue is taken from 16mm but the rest is from 35mm. Didn't affect my enjoyment one jot. Then again, I have a 48cm tv screen!

  • July 3, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Damn you Micheal Bay

    by worldisnotenough

  • July 3, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this qualifies as the best film news of the year

    by Latauro

    I think this is the only time I've been more than happy to double dip. I need to see this ASAP...

  • July 3, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Visionary masterpiece

    by PhxMonsterGuy

    Best science fiction film EVER...decades ahead of it's time. I can't wait to see the restored version.

  • July 3, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    UPDATE: new footage WILL BE ON BLU-RAY!

    by ByTor

    From "We've just heard back from our friends over at Kino International. The good news is that they have officially confirmed that the newly-discovered footage from Fritz Lang's original version of Metropolis (which we mentioned yesterday) WILL be a part of the forthcoming special edition Blu-ray Disc release in 2009. What's more, the new special edition will be released on standard DVD format as well on the same day." <P> YEAH, baby!

  • July 3, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Kino BluRay

    by Lorquaine

    That's indeed great news. Questions are: Will they include it as bonus material only? Or will they offer two alternate film versions (cp. the Alien3 DVD with theatrical and optional assembly cut)? Or will they only offer one version, the long version? Regardless of what happens, will the new footage be digitally restored? How long does it take to beef up 25 minutes of wasted 16mm?

  • July 3, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST


    by Lorquaine

    Every good SciFi film is decades ahead of its time. That's a prerequisite. 2001 was, Blade Runner was… and well, probably even Capricorn One was, if you look at current conspiracy theories. (^_~)

  • July 3, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by EbertsFatThumb

    on the internet that wasn't from a porn movie.... :)

  • July 3, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    All good questions. I expect Kino will make a detailed announcement in fairly short order. <P> Hopefully it won't just be as bonus material. Regardless of whether the quality is sub-par, I want it integrated into the rest of the movie!

  • July 3, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    by BetaSword

    Well, i've DVB-T-Recorded that 'M' and burned it on DVD, and reading that METROPOLIS is gonna get Fully restored in it's original cut is kinda awesome. Damn, i've gotta get me that Mag to get to read the news. Well, and most probably sen d it to AICN, after that, if noone does it before me.

  • July 3, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    I do believe AICN has it and is working on a translation.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Buenos Aires, German film... this didn't get sent over in mid-'45, did it?

  • July 4, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    I hear that in this version freder is a replicant

    by ironic_name

  • July 4, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Can I return my Special Edition DVD now?

    by BenBraddock

    This new edition sounds a lot more special. Specialer, in fact

  • July 4, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    lang was not a nazi,,,,

    by emeraldboy

    his wife however was...

  • July 4, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Maria the robot is...


    THE greatest 'lost' film prop/costume in history without doubt. What wouldn't I give to see that turn up in a Swiss vault or S American collection somewhere. Which reminds me, how DID this copy get to Buenos Aires anyway? By frikkin' U-Boat????? I don't care - I'm chomping at the bit to see this restored and released. Gimme! GIMME! G I M M E ! ! !

  • July 4, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Fritz Lang, a "Nazi"...?

    by BurnHollywood

    Same guy who fled Germany for the US after divorcing his Nazi wife? *That* guy?<p> Man, that guy positively SUCKED at being a Nazi!

  • July 4, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    I pity the poor fool...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Who's got to do clean-up on that bitch for DVD. DAAA-YAMMM!

  • July 4, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I still can't get over how incredible this is.

    by Knuckleduster

    Is this the greatest cinematic find ever?

  • July 4, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    by x_dereks_x

    BTW, it should be public domain by now, isn't it?

  • July 4, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    @ Knuckleduster

    by Daytripper69

    To answer your query... Yeah. I would have to say, it is!

  • July 4, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Any other "lost" films?

    by Daytripper69

    July 4, 2008.... celebrating the USA and UFA! What incredible news, I was thinking about this at work all day. This is likely to be the biggest artistic find of the year. The odds of finding a complete version of Metropolis was such a such a long shot, and we have this Adolfo Z. Wilson to thank for not destroying the print like he was contractually obligated to do after exhibiting the film. A whole dvd disc ought to be devoted to the story behind the survival of this complete version. And now that Metropolis has been found, what other "lost" films would make the top of the list? People mention the complete “Greed” and “Magnificent Ambersons,” but my top pick would have to be Kurosawa’s “The Idiot” adaptation...

  • July 4, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    x_dereks_x & Daytripper69: No Public Domain

    by Lorquaine

    It's not Public Domain. All versions of "Metropolis" (incl. of course stills from the film) are copyrighted by the Murnau Foundation. But that doesn't mean, that AICN is not allowed to reproduce some images. In the US it could be regarded as fair-use, and even by German Urheberrecht-standards, this would probably be allowed: AICN is a news outlet for daily film news, even specialized on genre films, and §§49 & 50 German UrhG allows the use of copyrighted material, even the reproduction of complete articles, if the news is actually "daily news". Furthermore there is the right to citation (§51). But maybe AICN should add a copyright notice to the images.

  • July 4, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Article update: moving images from ZDF

    by Lorquaine

    The news report with the lost footage has not been added to the TV station's media archives, probably due to copyright reasons.

  • July 4, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Flava Flav!!!

    by MetalMickey

    Picture #5

  • July 4, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Master Control Program!

    by kirttrik

    Wow, I didn't know TRON was a sequel to Metropolis. FLYNN! STOP, FLYNN!

  • July 4, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I think there's also a lost edit of...

    by kirttrik

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. It has an extended Vanilla Ice dance sequence, what we saw in '91 is simply the tip of the iceberg.

  • July 4, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Lost Cut of 2001?

    by grungies

    Trouble is, this is Lang's original vision. Kubrick himself chose to cut out those sequences.

  • July 4, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    CG the fuck out this prehistoric print

    by AhnoldsBicep

    Someone could easily CG enhance this, if they can make the Mutant Chronicles as shit as it looks they can easily replicate this kind of ancient 'fx'.

  • July 4, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    The original cut of METROPOLIS? That is truly amazing. Hopefully this isn't the last significant find. As others have pointed out there are more Holy Grails of lost film footage out there: THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, GREED. <p> Maybe the lost KING KONG footage will be found.......

  • July 4, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by eXcommunicated

    "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. It has an extended Vanilla Ice dance sequence, what we saw in '91 is simply the tip of the iceberg." <br> My hat's off to you, sir! Good day!

  • July 4, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    So that Definitive Version I own is now the Obsolete Version

    by Phenom

    Screwed again!

  • July 4, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    After a profusion of trash like TRANSFORMERS, it's wonderful to read about the recovery of METROPOLIS footage. Geesh, could other excised footage be rescued? Claire Bloom's "sapphic" background in THE HAUNTING (hose-off, it was subtle stuff alluding to her lesbian girlfriend)...the Peggy Cummins footage that was scrapped from FOREVER AMBER...the original ending shot for DOUBLE INDEMNITY...the foreign language options actually articulated by Laurel and Hardy for the European release of their 2-reelers...the dining and courtship scenes trimmed from CITIZEN KANE...God, this should be the #1 priority of real fim aficionados.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Do you really feel screwed? Nobody knew this would be found...this is one of the very few double-dips that doesn't bother me at all.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Kino is rather cool.

    by ZeroCorpse

    They do make some mistakes, though. For example, while their newly restored "Nosferatu: Ultimate Edition" is by far the best looking version of the film available, with proper title cards, tints, and framing, they screwed up on the soundtrack. Instead of using Gillian Anderson's (no relation) excellent reconstruction of the original music, they used a different arrangement that-- at times-- lends the wrong mood to scenes. They could have used Ms. Anderson's version, but failed to do so. <p> That being said, I just wish Kino's DVDs weren't so pricey. When you consider all the public domain DVD versions out there are about $2.00 in bargain bins, it's sort of a large jump to go to $30 or $40 for a DVD version of a silent film, even if they did do an incredible job restoring it.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    I'm no Kino apologist, but I don't begrudge them this...restorations are expensive. And if you've seen the bargain-bin DVDs...*shudder*. There used to be several versions of Metropolis floating around, and all except the Moroder version were just awful.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    This must have Criterion..

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ......drooling like St. Bernards. [p]THE House of Restoration, it seems to me......Let them take a crack at it. They've never let me down yet...

  • July 4, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Can somebody remind me how to do a GODDAMN PARAGRAPH around here?

  • July 4, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't an original edit be a public domain movie?

    by Royston Lodge

    AFAIK, none of the currently available versions are legally public domain because the edits themselves are copyrighted. But an original edit of the film WOULD be in the public domain, so what incentive would there be for a company to release it? On the other hand, if a company took the time and money to digitally restore the footage, that restoration work would be copyrighted, so I guess somebody could make gobs of money off of it.

  • July 4, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Will they clean up and remaster the found footage first?

    by Drath

    Because those pics are significantly scratchier than the footage on the current DVD. Will it be possible to fix up that footage from a copy that's been sitting in an Argetine vault for 80 years? Also, won't it take time to record and match the score for the restored segments? I mean even if things move really fast, the earliest we can expect a really decent sharp DVD from this is what, another year? I'm not bitching, just wondering how long it'll take to do this right and if people can hold out seeing the compete film for that long? 80 years of waiting and the last stretch is always the longest. Interestingly I was just watching the movie for the first time this past week. I watched it over the course of several nights, and son of a gun I must be the last person in history to watch that and wonder if they'd ever find the missing footage because the next day it was announced to have been found. Thank you, God, that's cool!

  • July 5, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Hope this comes to The Senator...

    by Jonah Echo

    the old movie house in Baltimore(there was a petition here a while ago to help save it. I saw the Kino restoration there in 2002 with my dad, and it was amazing! Here's hoping.

  • July 5, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Royston Lodge: not public domain

    by Lorquaine

    The movie itself (i.e. also the original long edit) is copyrighted by the Murnau foundation. All rights are held by them. The different guises of the film to this date have all been derivates, version made from the original. Metropolis used to belong to German Terra film, and the Murnau foundation has acquired the complete Terra catalogue, incl. Metropolis, with the premiere cut "in absentia", so to speak. Wilson, the Argentine distributor, was working for Terra as well. So naturally, the newly found footage also belongs to the Murnau foundation.

  • July 5, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Aint it Cool lives up to its name

    by the podosphere

    with this bit of news.

  • July 5, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Just thought I should share my Collection


  • July 6, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • July 6, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    An incredibly important find for cinema

    by Teddy Artery

    Fritz Lang has always been a favorite of mine, but what an astounding restoration this will eventually make. Wow.