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Blu-Ray Review - Metropolis

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Like Mike
Like Mike

When it comes to ‘old school’ films, I’m a believer that the modern era film viewer can only really enjoy films from the 50’s onwards, and even then that might be a stretch and the 60’s might be a safer bet. Anything before that may be seen as too ‘simple’ in the production design, acting, and everything else for an audience of today to admire - this is, of course, removing film buffs out of the picture. As the years track backwards to even earlier times with silent cinema, this case becomes even more obvious, and it takes a real film buff to sit through these long epic silent films and get anything more out of them than the fact these were important films for the growth and advancement of film making and film itself. I enjoy watching them, but more from the angle of these as important films, rather than thinking they tantalise my visual and aural senses. However, when I had the chance to review the new Blu-Ray release of the 1927 classic ‘Metropolis’, I was excited as I’d been told that for a silent era film, this was still seen as pretty epic and different.
 
“In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a saviour to mediate their differences.”
 
One of the things I really like about silent films is that they actually treat the audience as intelligent, especially compared to today’s films. For example, of all the dialogue spoken by the characters, normally only around one-third of it is put up as title cards for us to read and the rest is left up to the audience to figure out and read between the lines to know what they are saying. It’s a pity we don’t trust the audience as much these days as we tend to spell out every detail just in case some idiot doesn’t get it. That aside, ‘Metropolis’ was a bloody epic film considering it’s over 80 years old! The sets were massive, the themes were massive, and the sheer audacity to pull off such an ambitious project was massive. This really was a great film and very much deserves its place as one of the great silent era films!
 
9 out of 10 from me!
 
I also have a copy of this on Blu-Ray to give away to a lucky New Zealand reader. So e-mail me at likemike@nzblokes.co.nz to be in the draw!

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