It seems to me (viewing the 2004 version of ANH on an HDTV) that Leia's hologram recording was changed twice, once in 1997 (when the blue tint was added) and again in 2004. Specifically, it seems the hologram's vertical scanlines got a LOT fatter in the 2004 version, whereas the 1997 Leia hologram (judging by pictures you guys have posted) had very thin, very hard-to-see vertical scanlines.
Am I just hallucinating? I'd love to have somebody verify this for me--I don't yet have all the digital copies of the various releases. Thank you!
It's true that the horizontal bars that was present on the original Leia hologram went missing when they re-comped it in '97, but it could just have been the variations in resolution and detail between video releases that made you think anything was changed between '97 and '04, the fine detail such as scanlines on holograms and binocular shots can differ wildly between releases sometimes and have confused us in the past. Just take a look at this binocular shot in Empire for example:
'97 SE broadcast
Had I only checked the '89 LD against the '04 DVD I would have thought something was altered.
We want you to be aware that we have no plans—now or in the future—to restore the earlier versions.
Sincerely, Lynne Hale email@example.com