Wow. Proof that eventually EVERYTHING will get re-released on DVD (except episodes of "WKRP" without music replacement)...
Originally posted by Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com)Rock Version of Silent Film Classic 'Metropolis' to Hit Theatres This Fall
The 1984 version will also be released on DVD/Blu-ray on Nov. 15.
6:00 PM 8/24/2011 by Borys Kit
While Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is an undisputed silent film classic, a generation of moviegoers that came of age in the 1980s fondly remember the 1984 version of the movie that under the shepherding of Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder included a rock soundtrack with performances from Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler and others.
Kino Lorber has closed a deal to not only bring that version, which its titling Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis, to Blu-ray and DVD, but is also giving it a roughly 20-city theatrical run ahead of the November 15 store date.
The rock version had been out of print due to complex music rights issues but Kino believes there’s a demand for the edition; VHS and laser disc copies sell for hundreds of dollars on Ebay and the recent theatrical release of the recently restored Metropolis grossed over $1.2 million.
In addition to Benatar, Mercury, and Tyler, Moroder’s version includes songs performed by Billy Squier, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and others. The version infuriated film purists at the time, who cried foul not only over the music but the incarnations’ shortened running time (82-minute versus the original’s almost 2-hours).
Among the cities which Moroder’s Metropolis will hit are Anchorage, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami Beach, Chicago, Albany, Charleston, Dallas, Houston, Olympia, Seattle, and Washington DC., The only Canadian stop so far is Vancouver.
The DVD and Blu-ray editions will come with a documentary looking at Moroder’s restoration of Metropolis titles The Fading Image, as well as the movie’s trailer.
Best news I've heard since Kino brought the restored "original" 1926 version out on DVD/Blu-ray. I was never down with paying over $200 for a laserdisc - hell, I thought $50 was too much years ago - but my patience (and the kindness of someone to make me a DVD of THEIR laserdisc copy to tide me over) has finally paid off.
If I could preorder this RIGHT NOW, I totally would, but Amazon doesn't have a listing yet. Be sure I'll let you know it when it DOES get listed.
Originally posted by CRZWow. Proof that eventually EVERYTHING will get re-released on DVD
that, sadly, does not include Cop Rock, a personal favorite
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
It is the long-delayed anthology, which is very good despite never getting a real theatrical release (the studio was terrified of competing with the Saw franchise) I asw it at Fantasia this summer. My review from the W is here: http://the-w.