It's even more sordid then that. They had just released the "Definitive" Laser Discs and even the 1997 SEs on Laser Disc... Laser Disc was the videophile format in the days of VHS. DVD then came and was even better than LD (ignoring bad transfers and growing pains with digital video encoding). So it was baffling that Lucas didn't jump on DVD from the start. It took many years to get Star Wars on DVD and it was among the biggest titles missing from the format for many, many years. There were petitions calling for its release. Then when TPM comes out they didn't even release it on Laser Disc... Well they did but only in Japan and you had to import it. I have this People were baffled that it would be released only in Japan, AND that there would be no DVD release -- leaving poor quality VHS as the only vehicle for TPM in the home.