I just read the last few pages of this thread.
So, this will never be released to the general public?
Honestly, who gives a fuck then?
If this won't be released I can't imagine why anyone (but the creator of this project) would care in the slightest.
Well, I can only speak for myself. But as I see it, this seems to be the only way to have the opportunity to get such a preservation done at all.
Imagine this would not be done by someone right now. Then it could be lost for certain. And there would be no future possibility of a proper release.
So, from a 'cultural heritage' point of view - this makes all the difference in the world! Especially since we've learned that the library of congress not only hasn't the capability to do a restoration of this magnitude - it also doesn't have the prints to begin with.
Of course, I am saddened that I probably will never get a chance to see more than a few stills and some insight into the 'making of' part. I can at least be sure that the original StarWars is preserved and locked down in a safe place, prepared to emerge should the road for a release ever be opened up (by whatever circumstances).
Until then, Mike's offer to have a private screening from time to time represents a unique opportunity for a lucky few to see StarWars in all it's glory.
That's more than anyone could have hoped for just a few years ago. And that's why I give a fuck - even if I as a person may 'not get anything out of it'.