This is my copy of Abel Gance's 1927 Opus Napoleon which I received for Christmas. It clocks in at just over 5 1/2 hours split across three discs.
It's an absolute mammoth film to watch. It took me all of seven hours in one day to finish it. I wish i had seen a previous version of the film so I can compare that to this new restoration. for a silent film of 1927 it has many of the hallmarks of great cinematography that influenced many future films to this day and it was great to see what they did with the specific image quality that they achieved with it; there's a great static shot of Napoleon, in silhouette, riding his horse in the dead of night with the moonlit mountains in the background.
It was initially jarring to see the first of many colour filters in this film, which was taken from the film notes that the restoration team had for them to use, from the traditional black and white it ranges from amber/black, blue/black and even a fever pitched purple/black. My favourite sequence is a long section entirely shot at night, in the rain, during a battle all in a glorious red/black colouring.
The film ends with a triptych image which would look even better on a 21:9 monitor, which uses the colours matching the flag of France.
An absolute masterpiece film only marred by poor packaging. My copy of Metrolpolis is in a steelbook case and is the best blu-ray package I own.