[CORRECTIONS: This article previously stated that 'Metropolis' was in the public domain. That statement was an error and that misinformation has been removed. Also, additional theatrical release dates have been added below.]
We all had them: the movies we watched all the time as kids. The movies we'd rent over and over again, and watch and memorize until seeing them was redundant, and then watch them some more. For this particular film critic, one of those movies was Giorgio Moroder's cut of Metropolis. Moroder's controversial cut of the film replaced the intertitles of Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece with subtitles and restored a lot of missing footage, and called attention to the incomplete nature of the film, which only just last year received its most complete cut yet from Kino. That cut – now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – is a revelation. So was Moroder's version, which had the gall to use contemporary music from artists like Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar and Moroder himself, a three time Oscar winner for his score to Midnight Express and theme songs to Flashdance and Top Gun.
Although Metropolis has been available on DVD for some time now, "The Moroder Version" has never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray due to legal issues regarding the music rights. Well, those rights have apparently been resolved. Ain't It Cool News had the exclusive announcement this morning that Kino has now acquired the rights to The Moroder Version, which will have a DVD and Blu-Ray release later this year. (Exact dates unavailable.) If you're lucky enough to live in New York, you can catch two midnight theatrical screenings of Metropolis at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 14 and 15, 2011. Click on over to Ain't It Cool for a full soundtrack listing as well.
UPDATE: Two more theatrical dates have just been added outside of New York. The Moroder version of 'Metropolis' will play in Miami starting October 28, 2011, and in Boston starting November 2, 2011.
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