A story about this — 6 years ago
Brief but fascinating.
The version via netflix is the Image print, and had the titles in the style of the original release and the odd tinting of the scenes which added a level of mood that straight black and white doesn’t quite address. Netflix also notes, "The print is seriously flawed, but then again, it is 80 years old. On an audio level, there’s a choice of a re-created score or full commentary by film scholar Mike Budd, who talks at length about the film’s artistic, technological and social context. "
I did enjoy the commentary, although it was a bit dry. O’ve just watched one of the documentary extras on the Netflix disk of “Metropolis,” and it began with a brief context and review of “Dr Caligari” as the first German Expressionist film — “Metropolis” being the last.