As I am writing this in mid May, 2012, I have to state that this one almost got by me, thinking this "Special Edition" was an older product. But then I realized that this has not yet been released in the US. I got this last year as part of the U.K. Revisitations Box Set - Volume 2, which became available in March 2011. So this is a genuine review, unlike many of the other phonies who post "reviews" before the product is made available to them simply for the sake of making them.
As always, I'm not gong to give a synopsis of the story itself. If you don't know the story by now, there are plenty of other reviewers who will tell you all about it ad nauseam. Rather, I'm going to focus on what I believe will help you decide if this product is worthy of your hard earned wages by reviewing the extras which, in my opinion, can make or break a purchase.
DVD Audio Commentary - With Wendy Padburry, Frazer Hines, director Michael Ferguson, and Terrance Dicks. I actually listen to each and every one of these, and usually enjoy them, especially when Toby Hadoke is NOT a part of it, and fortunately he did not take part of this one.
Text Commentary - This is different from the 2003 version. While I'm glad then when a new a audio commentary may be included, as well as the older one from the previous release, I get irritated that they don't include the old text commentary along with the new one.
Lords of the Red Planet - Is a documentary on the making of "The Seeds of Death. It covers the history of the creation of the Ice Warriors and their creator, Brian Hayes. Frazer Hines, Wendy Padburry, and costume designer Bobbi Bartlet are just a few contributors to this piece. I found this to be interesting and entertaining.
Sssowing the Ssseedsss - Interviews actors Alan Bennion / Slaar, Sonny Caldinez / Ice Warrior, and Make-up supervisor Sylvia James. A previously recorded interview with actor Bernard Bresslaw / Varga is used as well. All four discuss their roles in the program and insight into its production. Not exactly entertaining, but interesting to me none the less.
Monster Masterclass - This is a short interview with director Michael Ferguson who talks about Doctor Who monsters, what makes them credible, and why the fans love them. Not very insightful in my opinion.
Monsters Who Came Back For More! - Nick Briggs and Doctor Who Magazine's assistant editor Peter Ware go over some of their favorite returning monsters as well as those that were only used once on the program. Personally, there's enough similarity between this feature and "Monster Masterclass" that I see no reason they couldn't have been combined into one single feature. This one with Nick and Peter was more enjoyable for me to watch than the previous one with Michael Ferguson.
TARDIS CAM #6 - A short computer generated scene of the TARDIS in a snowy wasteland which in my opinion was not interesting in the slightest.
Photo gallery - Self explanatory.
Some may wonder what makes this different from the 2003 version. This "Special Edition" has an improved picture. Besides that, the following extras on the 2003 version are NOT included for the 2012 release.
* New Zealand Censor Clips
* The Last Dalek
These first two have nothing to do with the actual story in any way, so by not including them, you're not missing out on anything relevant to the story.
* Previous Text Commentary - As stated, is different from the 2012 version.
* The TARDIS Cam 5 in the 2003 version is the same thing as the TARDIS Cam 6 in the 2012 release. So no real difference, just a typo.
Putting my disdain for 2|enterain's recent releases aside, I would rate this re-release at 4 Ssstarsss." MY BOTTOM LINE is that this is A MUST HAVE to anyone of the classic Doctor Who series, and since there are only six Patrick Troughton stories that are complete, it would be a shame not to own all of the ones which are whole.
I hope that this review was helpful to you, and please feel free to express your opinion(s) on my review so that I can hopefully improve upon my future ones. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and hopefully, consider my humble opinion(s).