^ from the 2012 ‘Henry Thomas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk E.T. The Extra-Terrestial, Jurassic Park 4, Lincoln, Steven Spielberg, and More’ interview with the Collider website. (Found by Cobra Kai - here)
Interviewer: ‘When it came out on DVD, there was the special edition version that had some notable changes (walkie-talkies in the government agents hands instead of guns, sanctifying certain dialogue exchanges) but the Blu-ray reverts back to the original version. What brought about that decision?’
Kathleen Kennedy: ‘To be perfectly honest, I think Steven always regretted having made the decision to do anything to the film. I think he was feeling a certain amount of pressure to be politically correct. And then he realized that it maybe wasn’t the correct [decision]. I think most fans and most people who like classic movies that have stood the test of time, don’t want them to be tinkered with’.
Wow. Yep, you got it spot on there, Kathleen…
And many of us would just like to be able to have the option of buying and watching an official release of the old ‘untinkered with’ classic Original Trilogy movies on a quality modern digital format.