As usual Eric, you twist your original argument beyond recognition. Your contention was that the revisions rendered the movies unwatchable. I simply disagreed with that extreme. I am no fan of (most of) the edits either, but in the absence of any other edition, I was willing to get the mangled DVDs as they were still mostly true to the originals.
That said, these editions excite me. But I really dislike the Dolby 2.0 mix. I agree - the 1997 edition would probably be the best one to get. Maybe in another 5 years or so, they'll release that version too...