I thought maybe Lucasfilm genuinely wanted to please fans under the new management of Jim Ward. Then I thought maybe Lucasfilm saw an untapped market that they could profit off. But the whole Laserdisk-transfer thing completely threw me for a loop; it would be so easy to make a high-quality transfer from the original negative. Its always like they went out of their way to screw with us. Then i figured it out.
They are doing it to stop us from what we are doing, in some sense. They are doing it to stop bootlegers.
Think about it. If they cared at all they would spend a measily few thousand dollars to scan an original 35mm print of the OOT. But they are simply porting the Laserdisk. What is being bootleged like crazy out there? The OOT Laserdisk.
Its about stopping bootlegs. As long as they put a version out that is of equal quality as the bootlegs--which, luckily for them, is not very good--they bootlegs will suddenly stop and all that lost profit will go to them. Thats why its being sold as a low-quality "bonus", and why Lucasfilm says they have no plans now or in the future to re-master the OOT. They never intended to and never will--the only reason this is happening is because the bootlegs have gotten more out of control than they ever thought. So tossing out a non-anamorphic laserdisk transfer suddenly nullifys the LD-rip bootleg market.
Its about $$. Thats all. They dont care about fans and they dont care about us. They just want the money.
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"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."
--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010