Set your DVRs and forget about The Simpsons even though it’s a Treehouse of Horror episode because tonight at 8:00 PM EST Turner Classic Movies will be airing the newly restored 2010 version of Metropolis! This is the one that was re-edited according to Fritz Lang’s original cut and including the lost footage found in Buenos Aires 2 years ago. It also features the original 1927 score composed by Gottfried Huppertz and performed by Berlin’s Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra.
The Murnau Foundation, which owns the rights to Lang’s oeuvre, did the restoration and theatrical distribution company Kino International has been showing the film in select theaters around the country since this spring. Now those of us who never got the chance to see the re-release in theaters can watch it on cable.
If you get TCM HD, you’ll even get to see the high definition restoration. Then, just to top off this delicious sundae with the reddest of cherries, at 11:00 PM EST, they’ll be showing a documentary about the discovery of the lost footage and the restoration. I suspect it’s the same one found as an extra on the DVD and Blu-Ray, which, incidentally, will be released on November 16th and is currently available for pre-order on the Kino website, the TCM website and from Amazon (Amazon is the cheapest).
I am going to be a very happy little movie nerd tonight. :boogie:
Edit: It’s completely and totally awesome. Buy the DVD, seriously.