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20 Million Miles to Earth
/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . B&W . 79 mins . PG . PAL

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A while ago it was the classic THEM! that proved old B/W sci-fi had a right to look as good as anything else released on DVD. To say Iím pretty chuffed with this latest round of Columbia classics being up to that standard is an understatement. Asides from some grain and (expected) nicks and such on the print, the 16:9 enhanced 1.85 frame is typically top stuff. As the story moves from location to location, night to day, the details is always good, and even the darker recesses reveal an acceptable level of detail at times.

The mono (2 channel) English audio track is just as satisfactory to listen as the picture is to watch. Itís free from distortion or hiss, with the actors spouting off their silly lines with the utmost seriousness and the score going beserk as required. Though it comes off cleanly, it's a little on the thin side for the supposedly bigger effects moments which could have used some real oomph. But itís old and cheap and stupid, so maybe you're expecting too much, eh?

Where some will feel let down is with the Bonus Features, which are once again mostly the same set of extras as Earth versus the Flying Saucers, and other titles. This is either good or bad, depending on how much of a life you have. So, besides the brief This is Dynamation featurette and longer The Harryhausen Chronicles, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, thereís also a lone Theatrical Trailer, in the inimitable style of the time that weíve come to love.

This is a no-brainer. If you love the genre (like me) then go get it, as it wonít let you down with its cheesy drama and silly story. And even if the effects arenít quite up to George Lucas standards, Harryhausenís work has far more life and character than most things Lucas has put onscreen in the past few years.


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