The CGI replacements have aged worse than the original shots.
This. Not to mention that the compositional changes and editing changes are worse for many of the shot replacements.
Take the opening approach past the planet for example. They changed two distinct shots into a single moving shot where the order of the angles is reversed. That shot replacement is not only worse compositionally and ill-fitting to the visual style of the film, but it also changes the editing of the sequence and ignores the timed musical cue.
Another good example is the “lock s-foils” approaching shot. In the original shot, the x-wings are in a formation, and the imagery is striking. In the SE shot, the x-wings don’t appear to be in any sort of formation, and the altered composition and movement makes the shot far less visually striking.
Admittedly, the CGI models needed […] motion that fit with ROTJ-period effects,
Um… why not have motion that fit with Star Wars-period effects? ROTJ wasn’t shot like SW.