I won't get into details (I have before), but let's just say that I pretty much have nothing nice to say about the Special [Ed] Edition releases of the original trilogy, Episode I, or Episode II. However, Episode III managed to save my opinion of Lucas and the franchise.
Anyway, on to the point of this entry...thanks to xnolenx for the heads-up on this:
As I have already established that I do not like the Special [Ed] Editions of the original trilogy, it should come as no surprise that I have made a point NOT to purchase them. And a few years back, Lucas made a statement that ONLY the Special [Ed] Editions would be released on DVD. So I was left with only my Ultimate Collection Laserdisc boxset if I wanted to enjoy Star Wars in its original, unadulterated form.
Fortunately, Lucas seems to have reversed that decision, and the original, unaltered trilogy will be released on DVD afterall. My theory: He needs to make some money to make up for how badly all his recent efforts tanked! ;)
I respect Lucas as a visionary pioneer in cinema technology but only a very mediocre storyteller. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and retract my mantra for the time being in light of this announcement. Perhaps there is still some good left in him.
I am pleased...and may just pick them up. I haven't gotten out my old laserdiscs in awhile, and they may be suffering from laser rot by now for all I know. At any rate, it would be nice to have the originals in a newer, more stable, and more convenient form.