But this is soooo much more than just adding superfluous DVD trimmings in order to try and sell a reissue of this classic film. Apparently, 1/4 of the original film that premiered in Berlin in 1927 was cut by Paramount for Metropolis’s original release in the United States. The footage was long considered lost forever. Until now.
According to this Greencine article, the story of the loss and rediscovery of these original scenes is an involved one, worthy of a Da Vinci Code-like treatment.