This is the same standard-definition transfers first released in October, 2003. But, yes, I bought this repackage. Why? Because the original release was on double-sided discs which are more difficult to keep in mint condition. Also, the original disc holders are brittle clear plastic prone to breaking. Once the center button breaks, your disc is free to roam the confines of the fold-out box. Another thing is that the clear plastic disc holders could tend to crack the spindle hole of the discs, causing them to warp ever so slightly and, therefore, not play. Some sets had discs with manufacturing problems, as well. So, with this set, I'll still keep the original release but these are the ones I'll watch from now on.
The original series, as well as the sequel series, Galactica 1980, have been remastered in HD and released on Blu-ray Disc, however, it's exclusive to Universal's German distributor. No one's sure how long the exclusivity agreement lasts, but it's available under the title Kampfstern Galactica.