With the approval of Harryhausen himself, this is an acceptable excuse to run through the film again. The black and white version has also undergone a restoration, so if you’re still against the process, it has led to an aftereffect that has benefited the original colorless version as well.
Regardless of how you choose to view it, this is an absolute classic. It may not receive the full attention as other films from the era, yet it should. It’s a standout special effects romp, almost flawless from the start to the creatures extended and emotional demise.
This is an amazing transfer, and differences between this double dip and the first DVD release are noticeable. It’s far cleaner, sharper, and crisper. Details are more apparent, and all moments of edge enhancement have been fixed. Grain and dirt varies depending on the shot. It’s still clean and sharp - amazingly so, given the age. The color and black and white versions are on equal terms.
A small update to the audio seems to be present, coming through in dual speaker stereo as opposed to the mono presentation in the first. It sounds roughly the same, if slightly higher in terms of overall volume. It has no issues with pops or cracking.
A crowded commentary begins the features set on disc one with Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, Arnold Kunert, and of course Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen speaks most of the time, as the others ask questions as to how things were done. It’s highly informative in terms of the industry at the time and how the effects were done on a shot by shot basis.
Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth begins the second disc. It runs close to a half hour, with interviews and comments from people around the film industry. Harryhausen is featured extensively. The Colorization Process is a great look at how the new version came to be, though it feels like an extended infomercial. It also addresses why it was done, and how Harryhausen feels about this new edition.