Blu-ray Bob thinks every studio should have the same New Year’s resolution: no more double dips. The quickest way to tick off Blu-ray buyers is to get them to pick up your disc only for them to find out the BD is not up to par and a corrected version must be issued.
This is exactly what Disney must do with Gangs of New York, which was initially released on Blu-ray in May 2008 with a controversial picture that fans complained about. That version has been discontinued and Disney is putting out a remastered edition on February 2. Special features include commentary by director Martin Scorsese, behind-the-scenes featurettes, U2’s video for “The Hands That Built America,” the Discovery Channel special “Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York” and more.
Disney did the right thing by admitting its mistake and reissuing Gangs of New York, even though everyone—including all at the studio—wishes it got the Blu-ray right the first time. Although there is no word yet about a trade-in program, Blu-ray Bob thinks there should be one implemented for those who opened their wallets for the now-shelved inferior version. Come on, Disney—let’s kick off the new decade in good faith. Happy New Year, everyone.