Insert_blank wrote:Can't get on Wookiepedia right now but I read something to the effect that Lucas's plan is to have the original cuts of the films disappear completely so that in 100 years people will only remember Star Wars with the crappy cgi. He basically said "Even people who don't like it can't do much since the VHS tapes will only last 30 or 40 more years tops. This is my vision for how the movies should have been and that's that."
He's naive about today's world then; today's technology combined with Star Wars nostalgic zealots simply won't allow this. It's really not hard at all to convert the original VHS to a digital copy, distribute it freely around the world, and therefore keep it alive as long as people want to keep it alive.
I'm trying to remember... I had those VHSs not long ago... but I might have gave them away when we moved recently. Despite that I'm sure you can find a digital copy of the originals if you know where to look.