What you are talking about and what I am talking about are two TOTALLY different things. I don't support the colorization and I wasn't discussing altering animation.
Here are some examples of what I was referring to:
In Wizard of Oz there is a scene or two where you can clearly see a string holding up the Lion's tail. THAT should be digtially removed. Why? Because it was never supposed to be there, it is a mistake.
The pane of glass is reportedly being removed from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Why? It was a safety feature for the actor and was never intended to be seen by the audience.
The main reason for redoing SW? To eliminate excessive matte lines that show up on around most of the spaceships, the purple blob under the landspeeder, etc. I said that I disagreed with the plot changing additions. Fixing up mistakes is different.
When audiences watch a film, even if it's a great film, if they see a string, or whatever, they always walk out saying things like "Oh great movie... except for that STRING hanging down!" I know I said it when I saw Dark City, which was a great movie, but in the one shot of the main guy falling out the building there is a huge rope tied around his waist! Very distracting. That is the type of things that I am talking about removing. Why leave something like that if you don't have to? Yes, if it was up to me, I'd have a team go back and eliminate all that stuff from all movies for their DVD releases. But I will restate yet again:
THE ORIGINALS VERSIONS SHOULD BE INCLUDED FOR HISTORICAL REASONS AND FOR THOSE WHO WOULD RATHER SEE THEM!
So, in a way I do agree with you, which I have now stated several times. But I see no problem in trying to eliminate mistakes if it is possible, with the original version included in the DVD set as it was in E.T.
And the thing about the special effects... ugh. No, I don't think the effects are the only reason people like the LOTR movies, but if they didn't have them people would take one look and say "This looks fake and cheap!" and would walk out. The effects are there to help place the veiwer INTO that fantasy world. Why do you think it took so long to make a live action version? To do the story justice they needed the technology to create those fantasy worlds! Film any of the Star Wars films, Potter, LOTR, or the Matrix movies in downtown Philadelphia with no special effects. Sure the stories would still be great, but it wouldn't exactly be placing you into a fantasy world would it? That's because fantasy worlds are... FANTASY! They need to be created through cinematic trickery, or what we like to call Special Effects.
As far as the b&w Mickey cartoons go... I would digitally clean them up, getting rid of scratches and excess dirt. Clean up the soundtracks and thats about it. If there are frames where someone forgot to color something in, or left something out, I'd fix that, sure. That's about it.
Finally, I am not trying to jump down your throat. You can feel however you want on any subject, even Lucas and SW. But comparing Lucas to Tom Green with Freddy Got Fingered (budget: $15 million)? Come on, that's BS. SW was made for $10 million, then Lucas put in a million himself to finish the effects, which he was never satisfied with even at the time, but that was the best that could be done back then. In fact, after the movie first came out he said his least favorite scene was the Cantina. At that point he had already redone the scene twice. He was so stressed that he had a heart attack in the middle of production of the film. So, there was some difficulties in the making of the film and Freddy Got Fingered is nowhere near the scale that this production was.
So, yes, I agree to disagree with you.