I don't think this argument's been raised before, but apologies in advance if it has. [Warning - there are some spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't seen episodes 4-6] We are in a mindset to a greater or lesser extent of thinking of Episodes 1-3 as a prequel to the 'proper' Star Wars (i.e. episodes 4-6). But future generations will see Star Wars as beginning, logically enough, with Episode 1. Now if that's so, there's quite a bit of Episodes 4-6 which will not have the dramatic impact it did for those who saw these episodes first. Things like the issues of Luke's and Leia's parentage, the past of Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, etc, etc. Indeed, the dramatic high spot of TESB, when Luke discovers who his dad really is, is likely to lose all its suprise. So, perhaps in order to re-inject some drama, Lucas wants to re-edit Episodes 4-6 to include e.g. flashbacks, etc. This would give the movies greater continuity with episodes 1-3. Purists won't like this, but in the context of the entire series of movies it makes some sense. This would explain why Lucas is delaying far more than the 'we want to put together a really good package of extras' explanation, which has always rung hollow. Fans would buy these things bare bones, with snapper cases at 50 dollars apiece. Personally, I concur with practically everyone else here in wanting a vanilla edition now (though no snapper cases or 50 dollars price tag!) and a fancy one in 2006. Heck, I'm not even a great fan of the movies (and why some guys have it as practically a religion is beyond me), but I'm feeling a definite gap in my DVD collection.