As I previously babbled about, the 1984 Giorgio Moroder version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis is FINALLY being released on DVD and will have a limited theatrical release to celebrate the awesomeness of that event.
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Much better than "Tony Romo, you idiot."
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The point is, the DVD I watched this weekend was amazing, even though it was the 127-minute almost-complete version rather than the 153-minute epic reconstruction that I still am champing at the bit to watch. The restoration of the film itself was a thing of beauty. It's hard to believe this movie was made 84 years ago - it looks that good. Of course, it helps that the cinematography and special effects were years ahead of their time. (The man behind the camera was Karl Freund, who also shot classics like The Last Man and Dracula, directed the Boris Karloff classic The Mummy, and devised the cinematography for "I Love Lucy," which invented the look of the three-camera TV sitcom and still looks beautiful 60 years later.)
As excited as I am to see the Moroder version again, I have to say the original Metropolis score by Gottfried Huppertz is masterful. It does exactly what a film score is supposed to do: guide the narrative and support the mood without assaulting the senses. Plus it's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to. I give it an 85, Dick.
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Did I mention the Inwood has a bar?
Best. Movie night. Ever.