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Ishtar Blu-ray

United States
Sony Pictures | 1987 | 105 min | Rated PG-13 | Aug 06, 2013

Ishtar (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono (Original)

Subtitles
English, English SDH

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 2.8 of 52.8
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%
Musical25%
Adventure-
34%
popularity
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Ishtar

 (1987)

Ishtar Blu-ray offers solid video and mediocre audio, but overall it's a poor Blu-ray release

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

For more about Ishtar and the Ishtar Blu-ray release, see Ishtar Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani, Charles Grodin, Jack Weston, Tess Harper
Director: Elaine May

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Ishtar Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Ishtar's long-awaited Blu-ray debut isn't accompanied by dazzling picture quality. While the image proves serviceable or better in most every shot, there's nothing particularly impressive about Sony's 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer, either. At film's start, viewers are greeted by a fairly dim, nondescript image that showcases flat details and a lifeless color palette. In some early dark scenes, black clothes and dark backgrounds mesh together to where they're indistinguishable one from another. Brighter exteriors, however, both in the U.S. and abroad, show a a fair bit more stability, balanced color, and pleasing texturing. Facial intricacies marginally improve, some heavy winter clothes show rather nice material details, and a scene up around the top floor of a tall building reveals some nice tactile brick textures. In Africa, much the same carries over. Facial lines are nicely resolved, camel hair looks rather good, and the desert floor shows some quality details. Colors liven up under the best-lit scenes, too. Whether natural earth tones or the barrage of colors in a bazaar, the palette showcases balanced and largely accurate hues throughout. There's a bit of edge softness in places to go with some pastier, flatter shots, but generally the transfer reveals a fair film-like texture, accentuated by a light grain layer. There's minor blockiness across a few backdrops, but nothing overly concerning. Fans will wish for better, but for a movie that doesn't have the best of reputations and sort of just snuck out on Blu-ray for a relatively low cost, it's a decent effort.


Ishtar Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Ishtar's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack doesn't fare significantly better than the included original English monaural presentation. Despite the "5.1" encode, there's nothing much to the wider experience beyond what lingers around the middle. Musical delivery doesn't stretch very far. Clarity and stage presence are decent, and "decent" seems to be the ceiling for the entire track. The track finds a little more robust spacing, presence, an clarity at a bar in chapter three. Even then, there's a lack of sonic accuracy and natural replication. A few heavier moments remind viewers that the subwoofer track is engaged; gunfire erupts with a fair enough sense of authority, and explosions late in the film are delivered with decent heft. Additionally, there's a nice bit of low-end support to some Middle Eastern-inpsired Action music. Generally, however, the presentation sounds rather flat, sometimes a touch hollow and occasionally detached. Dialogue comes through clearly enough from the center but sometimes lacks the natural precision of the finer tracks. This one gets listeners through the film with a few nice touches along the way, but a polished, memorable track this is not.



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This Week on Blu-ray: August 6-13 - August 4, 2013

For the week of August 6th, Universal Studios is releasing Oblivion, which is Joseph Kosinski's flawed-but-fascinating follow-up to Tron: Legacy. Other releases include Jeff Nichols' phenomenal drama Mud, with its great Matthew McConaughey performance, the multigenerational ...

Ishtar Blu-ray Delayed Indefinitely - January 5, 2011

The Blu-ray edition of the legendary movie flop Ishtar, which Sony Pictures Home Entertainment had announced for January 4, has been pulled from the studio's release schedule. A new date has not been announced.

Ishtar Blu-ray Announced - October 25, 2010

Eat sand, Lawrence; back to your cab, Travis - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced Ishtar for Blu-ray release on January 4, 2011. This 1987 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty went down in film history books as a very expensive critical ...

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