'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday; we recommend titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie, as well as the coolest special feature and most intriguing rental.

For Blu-ray Vets:

'Ishtar' *

Twitter Tag Line: Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman play lounge singers who go on the road in Elaine May's 1987 comedy.

New Features Unique to Blu-ray: Never released on Region 1 DVD, 'Ishtar' arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Sony, which has provided ... absolutely no additional features, as far as we've been able to determine.

Transfer/Audio: Advance copies have not, evidently, been provided for review, since we haven't been able to find any online.

Replay Value: The huge (for its time) budget got more attention than the film itself and may have prejudiced both reviewers and the general public. Eric D. Snider, writing at, observes: "It's actually a fairly good movie. And I'm not just being contrarian. ... I watched 'Ishtar' and laughed a lot." Drew McWeeney of HitFix declares: "It's a genuinely funny film that got unjustly slammed ... and it's deserved a major rediscovery for some time now." Cinematical commenter Mike D described it as "a sort of gleeful hymn to mediocrity. It embraces the idea that it is better to be happy being bad at something you love, as opposed to being miserable while excelling at something you hate. And the intentionally-awful Paul Williams songs are glorious."

* UPDATED 1/5: Sony has pulled the film and a new date has not been announced, per
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