Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Please explain. Why did those DVDs require all that work?
Because they wanted them to look their best, and the video-based versions used for TV at that point would not hold up on a better format.
I applaud them for the effort.
Oh, and I double-checked to make sure my memory was correct.
"Castle Rock Entertainment, which produced the show, returned to the original film elements and spent many months digitally remastering every episode in high definition; the original analog audio tracks went through a similar process."