For my part if the originals were restored to their original brilliance and were viable as a theatrical presentation again like the godfather restoration i would leave the prequels and special editions be and be able to enjoy the ones i love.
I'm sorry even if the gout for 1993 was a high quality non anamorphic release from 35mm masters, it was an insult to all the true original trilogy fans to release them in 2006 as bonus material only in such low quality for dvd releases.
Especially since probably most if not the entire trilogy was restored in 1997, i believe the whole thing was restored before the tweaks and added cgi and we are just being lied to and played with in a mean way. Well not necessarily lied to per se but at least only given half truths regarding the restoration done in 97 and 2004.
To actually laugh at the people who love these films and then tell them "well you always can watch them on vhs".
That is the kind of respect the fans who made Lucas a billionaire get.
There is very little public documentation of the 97 restoration than a few video clips in some documnetaries and maybe a paragraph in american cinematographer, cinefex and the ilm into the digital realm.
Sources who worked on the restoration probably had to sign a non disclosure agreement. So even if you could find the people who the work at ilm, pacific title and ycm labs they probably could not tell you anything.
Could you imagine if there was a 100% restored version of the movies before the added cgi scenes, and that it has been sitting in Lucas vault all these years and that we got the gout purposely to make the 2004 look better or have us forced to watch it.
I mean those anamorphic clips in empire of dreams made me dream of what a real dvd release could be, never to happen now because we are forced to watch the awful destoryed versions of the movies because one person hates the originals and it is not his fans.
“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.