Video Business talks to Lucasfilm director of publicity John Singh, and confirms the reports that the original movies on the upcoming DVDs will not be high-def:
“We put a lot of time and effort into digitally restoring the negatives for the 2004 DVD releases,” Singh said. “The late ’90s theatrical versions represent George’s vision for Star Wars. We hoped that by releasing the original movies as a bonus disc, it would be a way to give the fans something that is fun. We certainly didn’t want to be become a source of frustration for fans.”
Although the prints aren’t in the best of shape, the masters used for the laserdiscs “do look good,” Singh assured.
I still don’t think it’s that big a deal, but sometimes there’s just no pleasing this fandom.