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Metropolis -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD]
Metropolis -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brigitte Helm
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £19.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a Metropolis for the 21st century., 26 Jan. 2003
After the bad press that Eureka's first DVD release of Metropolis received, I thought I'd wait to see if a different version of the film would get released. And the good news is that one has. The even better news is that this time, Eureka have released the new digitally restored and reassembled version from Transit Films and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Stiftung among many others. The restoration has involved a massive effort to trace all available footage that remains from the various cuts of the film which survive, including an original camera negative, and all the available material has been vastly cleaned up and reassembled into as close an approximation as possible to the version shown at the original premiere.
However, quite a bit of footage has been completely and irrevocably lost over the years, and bridging the gaps has always presented a problem to those who would restore the original Metropolis. In this version, they get around this by summarising missing scenes (most of the Thin Man subplot and much of the original introduction of the conflict between Fredersen and Rotwang, for instance) with title cards. This works quite well.
The splendid original score used for the film's premiere has been reconstructed and re-recorded, and really helps bring the film to life. Unusually for a silent movie's orchestral soundtrack, there's even a Dolby 5.1 version. Various learned historians provide input to the commentary on the original film, and the second disc includes a number of extras of greater or lesser interest.
Anyone looking for a version of Metropolis that's as complete as possible (this one runs for 118 minutes at a decent speed) hopefully won't need to look much further than this disc. Anyone looking for an introduction to this remarkable film will also be well-served with the historical context provided by the commentary and extras.

Icewind Dale II
Icewind Dale II
Offered by marxwax
Price: £10.17

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray, yet more goblins.., 1 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Icewind Dale II (Video Game)
I haven't played all the way through yet as I've rather lost heart with this game. It's very good, don't get me wrong - the graphics are stuffed full of good old-fashioned Infinity Engine goodness and the rules are, sensibly, now D&D 3rd Edition compliant. The plot is engaging, the action is heroic, so what's the problem?
Battles. There are too many battles. The Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale series offer some excellent roleplaying, but it seems that ID2 has taken a leaf out of the Dungeon Siege guide to game design and involves battle after battle with not much chance for roleplaying. Party members dying left, right and centre and constant reloading to try and find a lucky way through yet another battle with yet another million goblins make for a frustrating gaming experience. The game feels unbalanced as a result.
It's still a great game (hence the four star rating) and irresistible to anyone who's a fan of the series, but it would have been a little nicer if the game had been a little bit more forgiving and varied as far as battles are concerned. Being attacked by a gazillion goblins and orcs gets old quickly.

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