I don't know the details about royalties, but I read an interview with Beagle recently, wherein he talked about being on the production team for the blu-ray and what viewers should expect. I don't think you'll break any loyalties with the author if you pick it up.
The same interview mentioned that the DVD in the combo pack is the very same as the previous DVD release, but the blu-ray is the remastered and uncensored version.
Good news. If you can tell me where that interview is, I'd like to read it.
Edit: I see there is a commentary track with Beagle, so something must have been settled.
I'm not relying on Amazon. People on the blu-ray.com forums who have picked it up already from Wal-Mart have confirmed that it's 1.85:1.
I wonder if it is framed correctly. A review on Amazon of the previous DVD version said that it was cropped, but that could be the way it was shown in the theaters.
Edited by TheLongshot, 24 March 2011 - 07:09 PM.