Got my trilogy DVD set from Amazon.ca the same day it was released (the joys of pre-orders!) and spent some time watching parts of the movies and especially watching the bonus DVD with extra material. All I can say is I’m impressed with the visual quality of the movies, the excellent sound (now in 5.1 surround) and extras which add to the value of the set. Plus now that they are on DVD, the quality will stay the same, no matter how many times you play them. Main issue I have is that this is the 3rd (and hopefully final) version of the original 3 movies to be released. No offense to Lucas, but I hope he’s happy with the current state of the movies since us mere mortals can’t be buying them over and over again. Us mere mortals have limited funds and other concerns in life to spend our money on, like food for example.
I love all 3 of the original movies (with "Empire Strikes Back" being my favorite) and the DVD full of extras is filled with all sorts of stuff any fan would like: from trailers to documentaries, even a look at the making of Darth Vader in the final movie of the prequels (also known as "Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith"). Interesting tidbits of information abound, for example: the original working title of "Return of the Jedi" was "Revenge of the Jedi", as seen in one of the movie trailers.
There is one major change in one of the movies (compared to the original and 1997 version), although it is cosmetic: in "Return of the Jedi", the actor that plays Anakin in the current prequels (Episodes 1, 2 and 3) replaces the original actor in the end sequence where Luke sees Yoda, Obi-Wan and Anakin as ghosts. There are probably other changes, but that one stood out as blatantly obvious. Lucas was probably making sure to keep all the movies consistent, so younger generations who have never seen the original movies don’t get confused.
The best part of seeing the original movies in all their glory (with tinkering on the part of Lucas, then again they are his vision of a story, not ours) is the evocation of childhood memories of seeing the movies on TV and VHS (remember video tapes?), a time of innocent bliss and care-free living. A time where toys ruled and the world, and life, was simpler. Ah, the memories…