Although I’m not “User Error”, hope you don’t object to me spouting my thoughts
This is an interesting question. What do you think motivates most of the negativity; is it that the special editions didn’t deliver what was hoped, or that they should never have been produced in the first place?
It’s easy to understand fan’s disappointment when something’s not as they’d hoped, but what’s more interesting, from a psychological perspective, is the idea that reproducing a cherished work with changes somehow impacts the original.
It also raises a broader discussion of whether an artistic work is ever truly ‘finished’ - and who gets to decide. A work being changed by the original artist/writer/director etc would get a different response to, for example, “fan fiction”. If the originator of the work changes it, perhaps it feels as if an internalised “truth” of a much loved creative work, which has become part of someone’s life (even identity in some cases), is somehow being challenged.
If the original work is felt to be under threat of ceasing to exist as the definitive representation of its ‘truthful form’, then I can see how that may cause feelings of anxiety and hostility towards anything that could undermine that person’s relationship with the original work.