Yeah, I hate that it's near impossible today to find an untampered-with version of the original Trilogy without having to pay an arm and a leg. It seems as though he MEANT to alienate his diligent fans, though for what reason I have no idea.
Incidentally, I also read the future Star Wars films are based off of Lucas' original twelve-part storyline, and are supposed to deal with Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s. How true that is, I don't know, but that's the word going around. Mark Hammill has already said as much after speaking about a lunch Lucas invited him and Cary Fischer to. He said he likely won't be appearing, but that Lucas just wanted to sit him and Fischer down to let them know what's going on. Which, in itself, was mighty big of Lucas.
Who knows? Maybe with this charity thing he's looking to win back some of the good graces he lost from fans over the revamped original three and the sorely lacking "prequels".