With the exception of Han shooting first, the Special Editions are superior to the theatrical releases.
Lest you forget the revised segment where Luke screams like a little sissy girl as he lets go of the Bespin gantry pole, and falls down the core in front of Vader...
With that idiotic change, Luke went from a very heroic/Jedi-like character giving himself to the Force, to a scared little pansy who looks like he just accidentally let go and was frightened to death of dying!
Of course, Han's evolution into a Rebel hero is no longer as dramatic, since he's not such a ruthless scoundrel to begin with now. So those two minor
edits were two HUGE
changes to the actual character of the two main male heroes in the Saga. Very disappointing.
But I'll agree with you Nick, that for the most part, the SE's were better. Still prefer the original
non-CG Sy Snootles (sans Joh Yowza) singing the original Lapti Nek
song as well...