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Metropolis 1926

Section 6: Videos (U-matic, VHS, Beta, Videodisc, Quicktime, DVD)

Cover for the 1984 video release in Australia of the Georgio Moroder version of Metropolis.

The following listing of video and other electronic-format reproductions of Metropolis - including videodisc, Apple Quicktime and DVD - is arranged chronologically by release date. It reveals the proliferation of electronic copies of the film during the 1980s and 1990s, spurred on by the almost straight-to-video release of Georgio Moroder's 'pop' restoration in 1984.

It is often difficult to correlate the various video and electronic releases of Metropolis with the known 35mm film versions tabulated in Section 5 of this bibliography, as the film-to-video conversion process may give rise to the following changes:

As a result of all the aforementioned factors, the quality of video and other electronic format editions of Metropolis is subject to much variation. The best quality, easily available copies are those taken from Georgio Moroder's 1984 restoration, which in turn is largely based on a 1936 second generation negative print of the film. A 90 minute b&w version seen on German and Australian television (? the 1969 restoration) is also of good quality, as are some of the Kino and Virgin video editions. In any assessment of the worth of an electronic copy of Metropolis, the primary considerations are content and film/audio quality. At present, there is no commercially available edition of the film which contains both these elements in a form which replicates the movie as it premiered in Berlin on 10 January 1927, or comes close to including all the surviving footage.

1970s

Metropolis, Reel Images, Monroe, Connecticut, 1970s, 2 cassettes, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min.

Metropolis, Northeast Video & Sound, Stratford, Connecticut, 1970s, 2 cassettes, U-matic, silent, b&w, 3/4 in, 84 min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Video Yesteryear Series No.32, Reel Images, Monroe, Connecticut, 1970s, 3 cassettes, VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 129 min.

----, ibid., 3 videocassettes, U-Matic, sound, b&w, 3/4 in, 131 min.

1972

Metropolis, Festival Films, Minneapolis, 1972, 1 videocassette, VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 93 min.

1980

Metropolis, Budget Video, Hollywood Home Theatre, Hollywood, 1980, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 118 min. Music soundtrack added in 1972. Music by David Ichikawa.

----, ibid., 1 videocassette, Beta, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 93 min.

Metropolis, Crown Video, Crown Movie Classics, New York, 1980, 1 videocassette, VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 97 min. Colour tint, English subtitles.

----, ibid., 1 videocassette, Beta, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 139 min.

Metropolis, German Language Video Center, Indianapolis, 1980, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min.

----, ibid., 1 videocassette, Beta II, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min.

Metropolis, Discount Video, Thunderbird Film Enterprises, Burbank / Los Angeles, California, 1980, 1 videocassette, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 96 min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Henwood Cinema Video, Glenside, Pa., ?1980, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 90 min.

----, ibid., 1 videocassette, Beta-2, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 90 min.

Metropolis, Royal Sound Video, Eatontown, New Jersey, n.d., 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 95 min.

1981

Metropolis, Reel Images, Monroe, Connecticut, 1981, 1 videocassette, VHS (SP mode), sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min.

1983

Metropolis, Janus Films, Voyager Co., Los Angeles, California, 1983, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 107 min. Newly produced electronic music soundtrack. From the Janus Films Collection. Editing and English intertitles by Channing Pollock, Julian Johnson and Edward Adams. Reissue of the version released as motion picture by Brandon Films. Originally released as motion picture in 35 mm. by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation in 1927.




1984

Metropolis, Video Yesteryear, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, 1984, 1 videocassette, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min. English subtitles. Music performed with Rosa Rio at the Hammond organ.

Metropolis, International Historic Films, Chicago, 1984, 1 videocassette VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 115 min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Vestron Video, Roadshow Home Video, Australia, 1984, 1 videocassette VHS PAL, sound, col., 1/2 in, 82 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Vestron Video, Roadshow Home Video, Australia, 1984, 1 videocassette Beta PAL, sound, col., 1/2 in, 82 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

1985

Metropolis, International Historic Films, Chicago, 1985, 1 videocassette Beta, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 115 min.

Metropolis, Hal Roach Studios Film Classics, 1985, 1 videocassette VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 120 min.

Metropolis, Hal Roach Studios Film Classics, 1985, 1 videocassette Beta, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 120 min.

Metropolis, Series - Hollywood Movie Greats, California Video Distributors, Canoga Park, CA, 1985, 1 videocassette VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 120 min. HMV-8079.

Cover for the Goodtimes Home Video release of Metropolis, 1985.

Metropolis, Tamarelle's French Film House, Chico, California, 1985, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w; 1/2 in, 120 min.

Metropolis, Tamarelle's French Film House, Chico, California, ?1985, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w; 1/2 in, 97 min.

Metropolis, Goodtimes Home Video Corp., New York, 1985, 1 videocassette, VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 115 min. Series - Goodtimes movie classics, VGT-5079.

Metropolis, Vestron Video, Stamford, CT., 1985, 1 videodisc, sound, col., 12 in, 87 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

Metropolis, Vestron Video, Stamford, CT., 1985, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, col., 1/2 in, 87 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, German Language Video Center, Indianapolis, 1985, 1 videocassette, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

Metropolis, Jeff Films, 1985, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, col., 1/2 in, 139 min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Budget Video, Los Angeles, 1985, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, col., 1/2 in, 115 min.

1986

Metropolis, Viking Video Classics, Burbank, Calif., 1986, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b & w, 1/2 in, 120 min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Vestron Video, International, 1986, 1 videocassette, VHS PAL, sound, col.; 1/2 in, 83 min. Giorgio Moroder version.

Metropolis, JEF Films and Force Video, Australia, c1986, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 139 min.

Front and rear cover for the Virgin Australia PAL 1989 release of Metropolis. Though the cover running time is given as '120 minutes', the actual running timie is closer to 94 minutes.

1989

Cover for the Kino Video Collector's Edition release of Metropolis.

Metropolis, Kino International, New York, NY, 1989, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 90 min. Original version orchestral score.

Metropolis, Virgin Vision, Australia, 1989, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, col, 1/2 in, 120 min.

Metropolis, United American Video, Charlotte, NC, 1989, 1 videocassette, VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 95 min.

1990

Metropolis, United American Video, Charlotte, NC, 1990, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 95 min.

Metropolis, Goodtimes Home Video, New York, NY, 1990, 1 videocassette VHS, silent, b&w; 1/2 in, 120 min.

Metropolis, Video Images, Sandy Hook, Ct., 1990, 1 videocassette, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 131 min. Series - Video Yesteryear recording, 32.

1991

Metropolis, United American Video, Charlotte, NC, c1991, 1 videocassette VHS PAL, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 95 min.

Metropolis, IVC, 199u, 1 videodisc CLV, sound, b&w, 12 in, 94 min. Series - Classic film collection Classic film collection.

Metropolis, Cinema Club, Video Collection International Ltd., Watford, 1 videocassette VHS PAL, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 84 min.

Front and rear cover for the British PAL Cinema Club 1991 release of the Moroder colourised version of Metropolis.

1992

Metropolis, Eureka Video, 1992, 1 videocassette, VHS, b&w, 1/2 in, 139 min. Series - Eureka world classic, EKA00002. 'Longest available version'.

Cover for a 90 minute Japanese laser disc version of Metropolis.

1994

Metropolis, PolyGram Video, 1994, 1 videocassette, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 88 min.

Metropolis, Allied Artists Classics, 1994, 1 videocassette VHS, silent, b&w, 1/2 in, 126 min. Music no. 4044.

Metropolis, JEF Films and Force Video, Australia, 1994, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 139 min.

Metropolis, Gametek Cinema Digital Movies, double CD Digital Film Experience, Macintosh and Multimedia PC, 93 minutes, Black & White, Subtitled. 1994 Gametek, (FL) Inc. 2999 NE 191 St., Ste 500, Aventura, Florida 33180. CD Video made to run with QuickTime 2.0.

1995

Metropolis, Blackhawk Films, Critics' Choice Video, Itasca, Illinois, 1995, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 90 min. Special contents of this edition c1995 West 39 Corp. "A silent movie classic featuring an original musical score."

Cover for the Spanish release, 1995.

1996

Metropolis, Cinememoria, Mexico, 1996, 1 videocassette VHS, b&w., 1/2 in, 154 min. Series - Un Siglo de cine, 7. "RTC AC 0404" Silent, with Spanish titles. ISBN 9687675071.

Metropolis, Alpha Video Distributors Inc., Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, 1996, 1 videocassette, VHS, b&w, 1/2 in, 120min.

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Excelsior collectors ed., Springfield, N.J., Excelsior, Distributed by Madacy Entertainment Group, 1996, 1 videocassette VHS, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 115 min. Series - Hollywood gold. Music no. EXC-3-3707.

Metropolis, Video CD, Digital Disc Entertainment, Hollywood, n.d., 2 CDs, DDE034, 126 minutes, b/w.

Cover for the Eureka Video DVD version of Metropolis, 1999.

1997

Metropolis & M, Force Video, West Melbourne, 1997, 2 videocassettes VHS PAL, sound, b&w, 1/2 in, 238 min (i.e. the length of both Metropolis and M combined).

1998

Metropolis, Madacy Entertainment Group, St. Laurent, Quebec, DVD Video, 1998, 1 videodisc, sound, b&w, 4 3/4 in, 115 min. Series - Hollywood classics. DVD-9-9007; Madacy Entertainment Group, ISBN: 0778600432.

Metropolis, Classic Media Holdings / Xoom, DVD, 1998.

Metropolis, MEGA, DVD, 1998, 115 min.

1999

'Metropolis', 120 minutes, Films Sans Frontieres, Paris, 1998-9. VHS video SECAM and DVD Region 2. This is a copy of the 1995 FilmMuseum Munich restored version, as supervised by Ennos Patalas and with music based on the original score by Gottfried Huppertz, as performed by Galeshka Maravioff. The DVD includes additional material relating to the film and to Fritz Lang. The music is also available on CD from the Film Sans Frontieres web site.

'Metropolis', 139 minutes, Eureka Video, England, 1999. PAL VHS video and DVD Region 2.

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