An update on this thread.
I came across the 90s reformulation of Vl'H this morning and, of course, bought it on the spot. I already own the new version and had posted earlier that i had used all 3 versions but was ignorant about any differences in the versions.
I got home, put the bottles side by side and the first thing i noted was the significant difference in colour. The juice of the new version is light green while the older version is light brownish-green. Actually, the reverse is the case in the pictures above, maybe due to lighting conditions during photography.
After noting Bigsly's accurate spot-the-difference re the positioning of the "L'Homme" i looked under the bottles. As expected, different labels, which i will try to reproduce line-by-line below:
79 degrees (actually symbolised)
EAU DE TOILETTE
100ml 3.4fl oz
EAU DE TOILETTE
100ml 3.3fl oz 81 degrees (symbolised)
Giver SpA Milano
USA Distributor Versace Profumi USA Ltd
(obviously the bottle i bought was for the US market)
Then came the inevitable side-by-side. A Revelation! Let me just say that accord-for-accord, the new version is true to the older version. However, the new version attains the replication in a manner that is noticeably inferior (in a synthetic-feeling chemical way) to the older version. That may be what is behind the "pungent citrus opening" AnthonyDG referred to in his opening post. There is also an earthy/animalic(?) under-current strong in the older version but totally missing in the new. The labdanum/oakmoss from the base? 50 minutes into wearing, the accords smell the same upon a cursory sniff-by. However, the superiority of the ingredients of the older version remains quite obvious, albeit without any noticeable advantage sillage-wise. Again, same accords, different olfactory "feel". From experience i know the new version has very good longevity and the older one will most likely not be lacking in that regard.
Edit: Exactly 2 hours into wearing - the older juice is now kicking out some rich spicy/tobacco(?) accords. The new one is just nicely (and i mean nicely) aromatic but with very muted spice and nothing i can mistake/misinterprete as tobacco.
Conclusion: i have "transferred" the new version to back-up status, while i intend to enjoy the older juice for a long while.
I hope the comparisons above make some sense.
Disclosure: I am all for giving reformulations a chance if the likelihood of scoring vintage versions are slim/impractical, and currently enjoy several reformulated frags in my wardrobe. However, there must be lots of the older Vl'H available in obscure places. It would be worth searching out.