OK, I'm generally against colorization. Not because I'm purist,but because it always looks like crap. Of all the Uni Monster canon, CFTBL is the only one I think would really benefit from colorizing, and if it could be done WELL I'd love to see it. I'm not familiar with the Harryhausen colorizations. Are they really that good?
Gary, I too generally avoid 'colorized' films because as you say, they usually look like crap. But both 20 Million Miles to Earth and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers looked very natural to me, and both looked great in color. There's a documentary that I believe was on both discs that shows how the company worked with Harryhausen to get the colors right. It's pretty cool, he's actually sitting with the artists/technicians, selecting colors. You could tell they really wanted to get it right. I highly recommend these discs -and you know we tend to agree on a lot of stuff, and I'm telling you, these discs look cool with an extra dose of awesome.
And for the love of the gods...if you have to change something don't pull a Lucas and make the original version unavailable. I'd like to see a color version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon done in the style of the Harryhausen Blu Rays but I'll always want the b/w version too!
You know WHY Lucas did that? To spite his ex-wife, Marcia, who was an editor on "Star Wars." By putting out the Special Editions, she no longer gets royalties from the originals. That's why, when they did the 2-disk releases of the Original Trilogy, the original theatrical cuts were Bonus Features: in other words, freebies. Again, no royalties to the ex!
I understand the reason he divorced her was because she was caught in a compromising position with Jar Jar Binks.
Leave it be.......
Wow, that's crazy!! And Scatter my friend...check out those Harryhausen discs pronto!!