I compared the official Star Wars release with the EditDroid bootleg. Here's my comclusion...
There is a noticable difference between the two, but remarkably, it's not in either's favor. Now realize something first, I am a total LAYMAN when it comes to filmmaking, video or audio production, DVD production, whatever. I know exactly 100% jack shit. But here's what I've noticed.
The official release is sharper and more clear than EditDroid, but there is a TON of grain. It could wake you up from a deep sleep, it's that noticable. Now the EditDroid has a softer picture (meaning less sharp and less clear, but only a little IMHO), but there is VERY, VERY LITTLE grain. So overall, one has what the other doesn't and vice versa. It's six to one and half a dozen to another. What gets me is that I'm completely inexperienced with this stuff and I totally noticed the differences between the two, they were that apparent. So it's not that I'm basing this comparison on miniscule details that really don't matter in the grand scheme of things.
I don't think one is really better than the other. Each one has weaknesses that are the other's strengths. I would put both on equal ground and the choice would have to be a personal one.
In the final analysis, I think the EditDroid is a better version than the official release. It might not have the clarity of the official, but it's less grainy and is a better overall presentation...for me, that is. I don't see the point in buying these DVDs when I have boots that I believe are better. The only reason I can see for buying this is the legality issue and that's it. They are a legal release and that gives you all the benefits that go with that.
After making the comparison, I have decided to return the unopened tin I have. No sense in wasting money on this. I have my boots and an official release. Until something better comes along, that's all I really need.
With the legal release issue in mind, that's the only reason I can see myself picking this up should I change my mind. And I seriously doubt that cuz there's better things to spend my money on.
That's my two cents.....comments and suggestions.