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Fritz Lang Metropolis on DVD or Blu-Ray

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by ShockControl, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. misterjones

    misterjones Forum Resident

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    Great thread. Wouldn't want it to die a lonely death, so . . .

    One of the few movies I'd like to get in Blu-ray . . . I think. I have the Kino Lorber DVD and a 37" standard HDTV. Given the age of the film, do I really need the upgrade?
     
  2. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    Which Kino DVD do you have, the one with the 2002 restoration or The Complete Metropolis?
     
  3. misterjones

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  4. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    I don't see why you shoudn't. You know the bits from Argentina have a rain of baked-in grain, so...
     
  5. misterjones

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    My thinking was that, given the age of the movie and the fact that it is B&W, a Blu-ray upgrade would not be that noticeable (on my smallish TV).
     
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  8. PapaMuerte

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    Fritz Lang was my Oma's granduncle, I kid you not!
    Sadly I got the genes from the other side of the family
     
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  9. dougotte

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    I have the blu-ray, and can't opine on the difference in picture quality nor on your TV. I can only say that the uncompressed soundtrack sounds wonderful! Again, I don't know how it differs from the lossy version on DVD nor on your sound system.
     
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  10. misterjones

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    I don't see the point of having the Moroder version unless: (1) one is a film student interested in learning about the evolution of the film over the years; (2) one is interested in the soundtrack and is OK with watching a lesser quality film version to hear it; or (3) it has some sort of sentimental value (like an old worn out teddy bear one had as a child). I'm not sure I'm seeing much of an argument for any of these, though I suppose I'd like a copy if I was a film buff with a keen interest in Metropolis and/or Fritz Lang.
     
  11. johnnyyen

    johnnyyen Senior Member

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    You have no need of the Moroder version, as it is quite ridiculous. I think what you have is sufficient, although personally I prefer the blu ray, you don’t seem that bothered by it. The only other up grade I look forward to is the actual, complete film. There are still a few scenes missing, but they might turn up eventually, like the Argentinian discovery.
     
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  12. misterjones

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    If I thought the Blu-ray version would knock my socks off, I’d buy it. I think it would have to have some extra features or soundtracks or really low price or something else to tip the scales. It’s still on the back-burner.
     
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