I guess no matter what the reason is, I must say that I certainly don't recall seeing this in the original release in 1977.
The compilation of film reels/prints and so forth, that Harmy has gathered to gether and for the most part, color correct, or whatever he has done, is by far the best representation of Star Wars the movie out there... bar none, thanks to his (and some others) hard and diligant work. This project makes GL look like somewhat of an incompetant buffoon, IMHO.
I may not 100% agree with all the color/tints/brightness settings etc, that Harmy has put into this project, but I certainly envy his talent and sticktoitiveness throughout this whole procedure. We all have added our two cents to nearly every aspect of the project, and Harmy has taken nearly all of it in-stride, and has valued nearly everyones input...even mine.
Thank you again Harmy for putting up with me/us! Your Star Wars Despecialized, both version 1 & 2 are invalueable!