Originally posted by: Karyudo
For me, it's because the original represents a huge amount of groundbreaking, innovative, and very well-executed practical and optical effects work, and the SE represents ho-hum, garden variety digital hard surface modeling.
Looking at Star Wars in the context of motion picture history I think this perspective is very reasonable. There is little doubt that the original film represented a technological marvel at the time. I really want a fully restored version of the OT because, sometimes, I would like to sit down and watch faithful reproductions of some of the most groundbreaking and influental films in history. After Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and a slew of other films, doing some new CGI for the SE wasn't that hard.
The SE version may look better, but it definitely doesn't represent the way the film had to be put together back in 1976. To create that battle in 1976 was amazing, while re-creating it in 1996 seems a whole lot more pedestrian.
It was amazing indeed. On the other hand, when it's about nothing more than just enjoying the delightfully entertaining fairy-tale that is Star Wars for my own sake and according to my personal tastes, I much prefer the SE version of the battle of Yavin.