DVD & Blu-ray

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 22nd November 2010


Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.): The third film in the Toy Story series sees Andy leaving for college and donating his beloved toys – including Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) – to a daycare centre, where they soon realise things aren’t what they seem.

Directed by Lee Unkrich, it was a richly deserved critical and commercial triumph for Pixar, which managed maintain the high standards of the first two films and concluded the trilogy with wit, invention and technical brilliance. [Read full review] [Blu-ray / DVD]

Peeping Tom (Optimum Home Entertainment): The 1960 film about a disturbed photographer (Karl Heinz Boehm) has been digitally restored for a 50th anniversary release.

It scandalised audiences of the day and all but ended the career of director Michael Powell, but after being championed by the likes of Martin Scorsese, its reputation grew again and it is now considered one of the most important British films of its era. [Read full review] [Blu-ray / DVD]

Metropolis: Reconstructed and Restored (Eureka): Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 silent film about a sprawling, futuristic city, whose society is divided into two classes of poor workers who work underground and the rich bosses who live high above them in skyscrapers.

It has been restored in a newly reconstructed version, after 25 minutes of lost footage were found in 2008 and comes with a documentary highlighting the restoration process. [Read the full review] [Blu-ray / DVD]


Apocalypse (Kaleidoscope Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Coco and Igor (Soda Pictures) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Heartbreaker (Revolver Entertainment) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Nativity! (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Open Season (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Toy Story 1-3 (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.) [Blu-ray]

DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Blu-ray: Metropolis (Restored and Reconstructed)

Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film about a sprawling, futuristic city, remains one of the most influential in early cinema and this newly restored version adds 25 minutes of footage never seen before.

Set in a society divided into two classes, with workers toiling underground and rich bosses living high above them in skyscrapers, it depicts the class struggles in capitalism.

When the son of a boss notices a beautiful woman one day, he discovers the underground world of workers who keep the city running and sets in motion a drama which involves the founder of the city, an inventor and scores of workers.

A gargantuan production, it was one of the most expensive film ever made at Germany’s UFA, consuming more than half the studio’s annual production budget.

Metropolis was adapted from a novel and drew on previous science fiction sources – notably H.G. Wells, who disliked the film – and Lang’s own experiences of seeing the Manhattan skyline at night for the first time.

Initially, it was not a financial success and nearly bankrupted the studio, but over time its dystopian vision and indelible images have proved enormously influential on films such Bride of Frankenstein, Blade Runner and Dark City (as well as David Fincher’s 1989 video for Madonna’s Express Yourself which is a direct homage).

Like a lot of silent films, it can be difficult for modern viewers to adjust to the older visual grammar and cutting styles of the time, but the images are still remarkable and this is as good as the film has ever looked.

Eureka have done an excellent job with the transfer, given the materials they had to work with, and the restored footage cuts in well with the pre-existing material.

The quality of the print unearthed in 2008 means that there are still stains and damage (even after the digital cleanup) and a black bar is noticeable whenever it cuts to the newer stuff.

Of particular note is a 55 minute documentary that explores the restoration process and the painstaking archival work of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung after the missing 25 minutes of footage were found in Buenos Aires.

The audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum is also highly informative.

Here are the extras in full:

  • 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world)
  • Separate DVD and BD editions with wraparound embossed sleeve, or Ltd Ed Steelbook Dual Format edition
  • Pristine new HD transfer (1080p on Blu-ray)
  • New 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles
  • Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film
  • 2010 re-release trailer
  • 56-page booklet featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang, a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel, articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf, and restoration notes by Martin Koerber

Metropolis (Reconstructed & Restored) is released today by Eureka as part of their Masters of Cinema Series

> Buy Metropolis (Reconstructed & Restored) on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK
> Find out more about the film at Wikipedia and IMDb