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Don’t Forget!! The Restored METROPOLIS Is Coming To Turner Classic Movies This Weekend!! Weeks Before The Blu-ray Arrives!!

I am – Hercules!! Two years ago a lot of the missing pieces of Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece “Metropolis” were found in Buenos Aires. Those who get TCM will get to see the new 21st century version of "Metropolis" -- the most complete seen since the 1920s -- for free Sunday night before it hits DVD and Blu-ray. This is what I call good news:
For Release: October 19, 2010 TCM to Present World Television Premiere of Extensively Restored Version Of Fritz Lang’s 1927 Masterpiece Metropolis This November, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present a groundbreaking achievement in filmmaking and film restoration with the world television premiere of the newly restored version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 science-fiction masterpiece Metropolis. This extraordinary new edition of the film, which had its North American theatrical premiere at the TCM Classic Festival in April, features 25 minutes of previously lost scenes, as well as the original Gottfried Huppertz score. Metropolis is slated to premiere on TCM Sunday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET), one week before the release of DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ editions from Kino International. TCM’s presentation will be followed at 11 p.m. (ET) by Metropolis Refound (2010), a one-hour documentary about the discovery of new footage. Metropolis is one of the most memorable films of the silent era and an iconic example of German expressionism. The story takes place in a futuristic, high-tech city ruled by Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel). Above ground, the city’s elites enjoy all the luxuries imaginable, while underground, serfs labor long, grueling hours to keep the machinery of the city running. A young woman named Maria (Brigitte Helm) takes Fredersen’s naïve son, Freder (Gustav Frölich), down to the catacombs to see the plight of the workers. The inhumanity leads him to rebel against his father and fight to free those who suffer under the city’s streets. When Fredersen discovers his son’s betrayal, he seeks help from an old friend-turned-rival, the scientist Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), who has created a female robot that can be used to suppress the coming worker rebellion. But Rotwang has an agenda of his own that could result in the destruction of the entire city. Metropolis took director Fritz Lang two years to complete and soared past its original budget. Lang shot more than 1.3 million meters of footage and used 36,000 extras, including 750 children. When Metropolis premiered in 1927, it was mildly successful, in part because its extreme length (204 minutes) made it difficult to screen. Distributors began using severely truncated versions, many of which mangled plot and character elements. Over time, only the edited versions remained in circulation, and Lang’s original vision was believed lost forever. The restoration of Metropolis began in summer 2008, when the curator of the Buenos Aires Museo del Cine discovered a 16mm negative of the film, including 25 minutes – one fifth of the entire film – that had not been seen since the 1927 Berlin premiere. Although it didn’t include all of Lang’s original version, it was the most complete print of the film ever found. The discovery prompted a new restoration and reconstruction project, headed by Anke Wilkening of the Murnau Stiftung (Murnau Foundation), which serves as caretaker for virtually all pre-1945 German films, and Martin Koerber, film department curator of the Deutche Kinemateque. Acclaimed German conductor and arranger Frank Stoebel, who has worked extensively with music for silent films, adapted the Huppertz score. The newly reconstructed, 147-minute version of Metropolis features extensive scenes that flesh out many of the supporting characters, fill in jarring gaps in the plot and provide additional back story. The restoration premiered on Feb. 12, 2010, at the Berlin Film Festival. It made its North American debut on April 25, 2010, in Hollywood as part of the first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival. Kino International will release The Complete Metropolis on Blu-Ray and two-disc DVD Tuesday, Nov. 16. Both formats are available for pre-order from TCM’s online store at http://tcm.com/shop. About Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood ; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. -30-
Note that TCM does not seem to have a West Coast feed, so everybody on my coast should tune in at 5 p.m. Also, don’t forget to factor in Daylight Savings Time, which kicks in at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
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  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Metropolis FIRST

    by Daytripper69

    Like, wow.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Herc!! For the last time, man---

    by Daytripper69

    -- 57 minutes are not missing from the "204" minute cut. There IS no 204 minute cut. The film's run time is totally dependent on the frame rate at which the movie is shown. If shown at the correct speed, we only have about 5 to 8 minutes missing.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Cool. Never seen it before.

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I'm not sure, is it this site that is constantly promoting this movie or is it The Digital Bits? Is it really that good? I need some advice. To see or not to see?

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this for weeks!!!!

    by alienindisguise

    I have hazy recollections of seeing this as a kid so it'll be interested to see it as close to complete as we'll probably get for a while.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    153 minutes at premiere

    by lock67ca

    147 minutes in current restoration. Didn't you read all the complaints the last time you made that statement? No 200+ minute cut has ever existed.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    .."interesting to see"

    by alienindisguise

    see, my excitement totally took over!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    TheUltimateMathTeacher are you joking?

    by KilliK

    Metropolis is the cornerstone of the cinematic scifi genre and of the cinematic art generally speaking.watch it when you have the chance.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    please please please let this be released in Aus.

    by pills_26

    Just sayin.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Ultimate Math Teacher

    by lochkray

    Hmmmm. It depends how you feel about silent movies. If you're interested in movie history, seeing an important part of film evolution as an art, and how early special effects were executed, then you definetly want to see it. However, if you want high end entertainment with jaw dropping awe at the spectacle that is Metropolis, unfortunately you have to time travel back to 1927. It is a great movie, no question, but it is easier to respect and study than to enjoy for fun like, say, the Matrix. And unlike something like Birth of a Nation, there's no "Holy Shit" political incorrectness for shock value. Simply propaganda for cooperative socialism. Or something. Anyway, watching Metropolis for fun: No. For film education: yes.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    TCM in HD

    by drkhelmet

    Shame on Direct TV for not picking up TCM in HD.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    TCM

    by freerangecelt

    Is great!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    TCM is so fantastic!

    by HansBubi

    All hail TCM.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this!

    by darthwaz1

    I'll have to wait for BD cuz i don't have cable. But this is a dream come true for sci fi fans.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Never seen it

    by LOST_FAN

    I'm looking forward to this.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Now find the missing scenes from King Kong!

    by Raymar

    Spider pit sequence!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I guess Argentines don't count as people...

    by Mr Peanut

    I don't think I'm being too nitpicky to say that the oft-repeated phrase "the most complete seen since the 1920s" is pretty offensive in light of the fact that the discovery came about as a result of an Argentine projectionist's memory of how long it took to project that extremely worn print. So quite a few people in Argentina seem to have seen ALL of Metropolis between the 1920s and 2008.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    To those in Toronto...

    by SPKx

    The restored cut of Metropolis will be playing theatrically at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a live score on Tuesday and Wednesday before beginning an exclusive engagement on Thursday.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Will there be a live feed?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    You know, a feed of a feed with freezing Germans blocking the view and a low battery in the camera?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    saw it at the Silent Movie Theater..

    by Droogie Alex

    ..In Hollywood. It all makes sense now, holes filled. Loved it. See it.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Now that is cool news!

    by Lashlarue

    Thanks for the heads up, Herc.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Not really "complete," but I'll buy it

    by gun_will_travel

    because the other missing footage will probably never be located

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    DrkHelmet...no HD on TCM

    by film11

    People who are upset about their provider not carrying TCM=HD have nothing to worry about. TCM does NOT show movies in HD on that channel. I'll wait for the BD.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Metropolis with new electronic & experimental music score

    by awepittance

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQy6Bdj66sg a message board i go on had a collaborative project that outputted this very fine re-scoring of Metropolis

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Kino Release Version

    by Dasinfogod

    Like Daytripper69, Kino is still exhibiting this at the wrong speed. I saw the German TV broadcast and just saw it again two weeks ago theatrically, and it is still ridiculously sped up. All you 24fps monks go back to the monastery, this terrific movie plays silly in its present form and perpetuates the myth of jerky motion and overacting in the silent era. <p>On top of it all, Kino couldn't be bothered to re-record the symphonic score; listen closely during the quiet parts and you'll hear the German live TV audience rustling about - particularly during the entre-acte silences. All Kino did was slap the live TV audio onto the restored print. Don't get me wrong, it's a great performance, but pretty cheap of the distributor to just crib the recording rather than give it the clean studio sound this movie deserves...

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Daytripper69

    by Dasinfogod

    Meant to say, "Like Daytripper69 said..."<p>Also, I suspect that Kino will eventually re-re-release METROPOLIS five to eight years down the line with some extra digital clean-up of the newly discovered material and corrected projection speed and rake in more cash in an attempt to profit as many times from the same source material as Lucas squeezes outta STAR WARS...

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    HASSEL UNLEASHED on TCM

    by HasselFree

    Hassel Unleashed is not on TCM but you can see the world wide web's greatest hero at The Smalls.com

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    To the doubters: just watch.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I'D RATHER WATCH KICK-ASS AGAIN

    by Bruce of all Trades

    Not really, though.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    I've got the DVR set up for it ... plus M too.

    by tangcameo

    Walking Dead will have to suffer without me.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    TMC in HD actually sucks.

    by blackmantis

    They don't frame their pictures properly and the resolutions stinks, even compared to other cable channels. I think most of the time they just uprez SD sources.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    TCM isn't "free" ya know

    by Drath

    You PAY for cable/directv, or else you are stealing it.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Hmm, Comcast's schedule doesn't have it listed....

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    ...Until 8pm. Why did you say its on at 5pm Herc?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Duh, nevermind.

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    I don't reads good.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Have Lobster films....

    by donkey_lasher

    touched this yet?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    So its directv that not carrying hd amc & tmc

    by Norm3

    I was wondering who was at fault.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    a note from a music purist ...

    by madCanada

    I hope Kino/TMC include all of Pat Benatar's songs this time. Apparently Benatar recorded 7 songs for Lang, then fled Germany to escape that country's increasing persecution of yappy-mouthed rock chicks. Lang shelved all of Pat's tunes to appease anti-rock chick sentiment. He said later he regretted the decision. True story.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I saw it about 20 years ago

    by dukeroberts

    But...it had that Blue Oyster Cult soundtrack. It was very off putting and I didn't enjoy it. I look forward to this version.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    BlackMantis is right...

    by film11

    ...the films on TCM-HD are indeed uprezzed SD. Again, there is NO HD on TCM-HD!!!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Well of course there's no HD on TMC

    by tangcameo

    There's only so much detail you can get from a black & white film from the last century. Now REMASTERING them all would be kickass.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    7 PM

    by lfhlaw

    For my East Coast feed, I see it playing at 7 PM in Pittsburgh, PA. however, also, noted on Nov 20, it will be shown at the Regent Sq. Theater with a live 3 piece orchestra (alloy orchestra) is what i've read.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Smooth as an android's behind

    by Knockers

    Looking forward to the dancing temptress. C3PO should look so good.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Carnival Magic played last week or so on TCM

    by mr dark

    They do get some great stuff that is exclusive to them..I thought the transfer of Carnival Magic was great considering...

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    madCanada

    by reddwarfcas

    Thanks for a good laugh. Always wanted to know what Pat Benatar had against Germany. Now I know

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Pronunciation of the name "Joh" ?

    by Skraggo

    Quick question for any of you linguists in here --- Is "Joh" pronounced with the "j" sound like "John" or is it the "y" sound like Johann? I'm guessing the "y"?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Skraggo

    by lock67ca

    I think it's "J". Character name is derived from "Jehovah".

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    True Blood‘s Manganiello may play Superman

    by TheJudger

    http://tinyurl.com/2dlbd7z <P> We need a talkback. <P> The "Based on "Earth One" Series" rumors are freaking me out. <P> What bugs me about Earth One- 1: The Suit isn't special anymore, it's made by Ma Kent for him, and it is not impenetrable. <P>2: Superman is reluctant to become a hero, aliens who blew krypton up are after him because he is the only surviving krypton- Why they are after him beyond that does not seem to be explained, so it was hard to accept. <P> 3: When superman does good deeds he doesn't wear the suit- he hides his identity under a hoodie- blahhh.. He only dons the regular suit Ma Kent made for him near the end to fight the Aliens. <P> Personally if you want to go that way. Hows about considering some of these quick ideas. <P> 1: Superman is a full grown adult when he comes to earth from Krypton 2: Something did destroy his planet, but they did it because they wanted something on that planet. Something superman escaped with. <P> 3: The suit is a Scientist class Space suit made for travel and not a pair of PJ's, and just like Kal-El it is impenetrable. Problem is how do you retain the cape? Maybe the cape belongs to something else on the ship. <P> 4: Superman doesn't uses glasses to hide who he is, he changes his face using some sort of technology from krypton, like a projector or an internal device implanted inside him. Something implemented for the mission to earth (I'll explain that next) so an identity could be quickly assumed to would match an existing identity known on earth. <P> 5: Krypton have known about earth for more than 80 years or so. Thanks to our radio and television broadcasts. There was a mission planned to send some Krypton's to earth to study us up-close, since we are very much alike, including our languages. The High council members of Krypton believe we come from the same origins. Superman was one of the members intended to go as part of this mission. There is also a woman who will try to escape with him ion another pod, but something happens and we don't know if she made it or not. <P> 6: Superman hides his ship in the arctic, and he uses a site specific terraforming crystal to build the fortress of solitude. <P> 7:Clark Kent should be a real man, that superman pretends to be. Maybe he was a journalist sent out to interview a group of explorers int he arctic, but they were hit with a freak storm and he died, Superman saved them, but Clark died in Superman's hands. Superman decides to pretend to be him so he can hide who he really is. He holds funeral for Kent at his fortress. <P> 8: Ma and Pa Kent want to see their son. The tie in between Superman and Clark Kent is born. Ma Kent discovers that Superman is pretending to be Clark, but he explains it to her in a way that she forgives and understand his reasons, <P> 9: The aliens find him, and they still want whatever it is he took with him when he escaped Krypton before it blew up. Sorry I just cant think of what it could be just yet. <P> 10: At the end after he beats the alien invaders- A kid sees the S on his chest and ask him if he's a "Superman?" <P> Kal-El replies "As a matter of fact, I am." <P> Then end

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Watching TCM on a big ol widescreen TV

    by Anything But Tangerines

    half the time you've got a little pillbox view of a "widescreen" movie in the center of your screen. That or you can stretchify and mutilate the image and just make it look more horrible. It's an abomination that they can't at least automatically upscale everything and broadcast in actual widescreen. I want to barf at whenever an AWESOME film in on TCM and it looks like SHIT!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks, lock67ca

    by Skraggo

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Judger

    by lochkray

    I guess that counts as on topic, as Clark Kent is from Metropolis.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    looking pretty good so far.

    by polisciguy83

    Far better than the streaming video of a live broadcast back in February.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    As I said before....

    by lock67ca

    Why even bother having an HD channel if you don't show anything in HD? Pointless.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Wow, missing TWO scenes?

    by Drath

    I'd heard that Maria's escape is still lost (and that's a big one actually), but also the full scene with the priest and the Revelation quote? Damn, it still feels very incomplete. Also, Hollywood is fucking remake crazy, don't they have the guts or spark to try this one instead of rebooting franchises that aren't even 10 years old?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Just watched it...

    by alienindisguise

    and the reinstated scenes are jarring at first but do fill in some gaps while title cards fill in some of whatever footage is still still missing like Joh and Rotwang's throwdown. It'll always be an effective piece of art both in message and execution. Most movies have at least one cringe worthy moment and for me that damn dance Robo Maria does is it for this film. Maybe that caused a nut to bust in the 20's but now it just looks like a series of convulsions. Also it would be cool to see a uniform frame rate because some of the shots are ramped up way too fast as when people are turning their heads at whiplash speeds and running but hey, for an 80 year old+ movie, it's still great.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    I continue to find this movie enormously compelling!

    by Hercules

    And would continue to do so even if Maria didn't incessantly feel herself up.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Very COOL News!

    by Uncle Stan

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I think it was shown in HD

    by Droogie Alex

    But Metropolis wasn't shot in a wide screen format. This was the 20's, keep in mind. Better to see it in 4x3 than streached the way IFC poorly shows films.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Metropolis Refound

    by schatze

    was also an interesting watch. I love restoration docs!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I just got done watching this on TCM (I recorded) it

    by elgato73

    and I'm still shaking. This version of Metropolis really, really struck a cord with me. I saw one of the "original" edited cuts back in college but had not watched any version since. This new film because in all terms of the word it is new since so many things have changed is beyond hypnotic. And the emotional involvement you have while watching the film is truly beyond words. I have tears in my eyes. I feel like I've been dreaming for the last two and a half hours. Just one of the best times I've had watching a film all year long. Mindblowing doesn't even cover it.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I wonder what the new kids today think...

    by AsimovLives

    ... of a nearly 90 years old movie. I'd really like to know.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    lochkray

    by AsimovLives

    I find METROPOLIS quite entertaining. It's both a film history lesson and entertainment for me.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:11 a.m. CST

    I've been watching this film since I was a kid...

    by lock67ca

    ...in one form or another, and to have it almost complete (only 2 scenes missing), with its original storyline finally making sense, is a revelation. Just an absolutely fantastic experience.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    This black and white silent movie from 1927...

    by KnightShift

    ...has more compelling visuals, plot and dialogue than the prequels combined. Sorry, but it's true.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Whatever

    by corplhicks

    Enuf already

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I saw this version at a film festival back in Aug

    by kidicarus

    Truly amazing, but I'll wait for the Blu-Ray to see it again.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Shame

    by donkey_lasher

    I could have done without some exposition if the trade was for the priest's scene and for Maria's escape.<p> Now get searching Argentine for a print of Hats Off whydontcha!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    "Well of course there's no HD on TMC"

    by JuntMonkey

    tangcameo, it's not really accurate that you can only get so much detail out of old films. Most films throughout the entire history of film up to the present were filmed in 35mm. A 35mm film from 1920 can look just as good as a film from today. Check out Blu-Rays of classics such as The Third Man, which are perfectly crisp.