Of course, the big question mark amongst fans has always been whether Lucas would allow the original, unaltered original editions of the trilogy to also be released on DVD. Not possible, said Ward, who confirmed that the upcoming set will feature only the 1997 Special Edition versions of each film. "What George did in 1997," Ward explains, "was [to] make the movie he originally wanted to make."
So what are the faithful to do if they don't want to watch the altered 1997 editions of the trilogy? Either give in, or don't buy. "We realize there's a lot of debate out there," says Ward. "But this is not a democracy. We love our fans, but this is about art and filmmaking. [George] has decided that the sole version he wants available is this one."
I find this to be a load of crap. They're going to find out that this IS a democracy, and that fans will vote with their money. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that most people are going to cave and buy it anyway, since most Star Wars fans would buy George Lucas's turds if they had the Star Wars logo on them. I don't feel conflicted one bit by buying the bootleg versions on DVD. I own the originals on Laserdisc, and I'm entitled to have and make personal copies under the Fair Use law. We should have known back in the mid 90's that we'd never see the original trilogy again. My Laserdisc version of A New Hope has a sticker on it saying "Here's your last chance to own the original version of Star Wars".