“Q: Why not release both the originals and special editions on DVD?
LUCAS: The special edition, that’s the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it. …
I’m not going to spend the, we’re talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it. But I want it to be the way I want it to be. ”
Look, Mr. Lucas, if it weren’t for the thousands and millions of people who fell in love with the *original* Star Wars trilogy, you wouldn’t have the clout and $$$$ to *make* the prequel and the “special edition” Episodes 4-6. The arrogance to say to those die-hard fans “The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it” isnt’ mitigated that, sure, it’s easy to transfer VHS to DVD nowadays. That’s not the point; it’s the condescending tone of voice of a self-important “artist” that is the point. It’s like “Let them eat cake.” What are we, then, losers?
And, for the regard, my favorite Star Wars movie is “Empire Strikes Back” — original, and, for the record, Lucas *didn’t* direct that one (Irvin Kerschner did), and Lucas *didn’t* write the original screenplay (Leigh Brackett did, which Lucas revised and then later had Lawrence Kasdan draft the final draft).