This restoration is a few years old now, but every time I watch the film it amazes me just how great it looks. The left hand side grabs are from the 1999 DVD release by Eureka and the right hand side grabs from the 2003 release also by Eureka.
Not only is the picture quality tons better but the framing is vastly superior as the 1999 version seems to have cropped quite a lot of picture. Just look at the first pic of the workers or the third pic of the workers on the machine for examples of this. It's amazing how much more you can see in the shots to detail wise. Now for me this is what film restoration is all about. Still amazing how great the FX work is in this 1927 film also.
IMDB says: Adjusting for inflation, the budget for Metropolis ran around $200 million (June, 2007).