I remember being excited for the special editions to hut theaters. I think the suppression of the unaltered versions causes more distaste for the changes. People like having a choice. They may even be receptive of even greater changes if given the ability to still easily choose the unaltered versions.
Blade Runner: the Final Cut is my preferred version, but if the theatrical version with the narration was impossible to find, you better believe I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it.
This is probably blasphemy in these parts, but I’d be up for special edition versions of the entire Star Wars catalog, including the made for TV Ewok movies, if only the original versions were also released, in comparable quality. Imagine if the special effects in the prequels were updated to current standards?