I'm new to this fan-restoration subculture of Star Wars aficionados and I hadn't really been aware that the 2006 DVD bonus feature release was called "GOUT" or even what most people's opinions of it were.
Obviously it was a highly deficient release by 2006 home video standards, even more so by current ones, even as a mere "bonus feature" on a double dip DVD release.
Personally while it is disappointing to see the films presented poorly relative to the high definition expectations of today's viewer I'm of the opinion "at least we got something" despite the fact that this represents something of a compromise to my integrity. I bought and payed for the set. It was a validation of the cynical marketing ploy that this set really was. However, I have a collection of the theatrical trilogy in widescreen format on a medium that won't degrade and capable of a presentation that is 100% digital. Boycotting it would have been a case of cutting off ones nose to spite ones face.
While some fan made laserdisc ports look better than the GOUT in some scenes and some instances, the DVD release is superior overall and might even have been relatively well received had it come early in the life of the DVD format when laserdisc ports were more common, than at the moment the DVD format had already passed its peak.
I've yet to obtain any fan-altered copies sourced from or using materials from GOUT but I have recently converted my discs to anamorphic and it really does look better on my 42" screen played from a native anamorphic disc than the 4:3 letterbox originals did using the TV's zoom function. So I'm pretty content that this, for the forseeable future, is how my Star Wars viewing will have to be done.
Which reminds me - is anyone putting their despecialization versions on hold until the Blu Rays are out? If nothing else these releases will provide the best available source to begin such a project with.