In case you didn’t know, the 1984 re-release of Fritz Lang’s silent film classic Metropolis has something of a reputation. In order to, in his own words, make it more accessible to modern audiences, music producer Giorgio Moroder tinted the black and white film and added a rock and roll soundtrack featuring the likes of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Bonnie Tyler and Adam Ant. And although he restored some previously unseen footage to the film, it still only ran 80 minutes. And while some have some fond memories of this version being their first exposure to Metropolis, it was received less warmly by critics.
Due to a tangle of legal rights surrounding the various songs on the film’s soundtrack, this version of Metropolis has been out of circulation for some time. The folks have Kinom the folks who brought us the newly restored version of Metropolis (which you can order on DVD hereand Blu-ray here)have finally managed to unravel that mess and are issuing the film on blu-ray. Although they have not announced a release date, you can view the box art below that trailer for the film and the video for Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” which also incorporates some of the tinted footage used in the film.