Yeah...if you can't trust Phil Tippett, who can you trust? He was more directly impacted by the SE's than any of us. Let us not forget, when asked about them he said:
Tippett: ...you know it was about re-releasing something to get more money to feed the beast and all that kind of stuff. So...
Interviewer: So you don't like it?
Tippett: No, it sucks. No, I mean the whole thing with the whole uh, what was the name of the town, Mos Eisley...I mean the way that he shot it like Sergio Leone was just great and a breath of fresh air and so true to the material. And then when he went back in, put in all that stupid stuff.
JEDIT: Actual video clip of the conversation.
A better video clip of the same conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-xzROnZAMQ
That's an epic beard, Tippet! Love this guy.
This was supposed to have been a showing of the unaltered version but ended up being a digital showing of the blu-ray instead. How can you have it as a 30th anniversary with a version that is a year old? And no mention in the advertisment that is was NOT going to be the original and even attaching the original trailer for it. Bit of false advertising.
Screening a version from 2011 for its 30th anniversary... that's fucking ridiculous. Why not just cancel it if you cannot receive a print of said film.
That's unfortunate, as it's the venue that recently showed a 1970's print of THX 1138.