Ishtar Blu-ray cancelled at last minute, legal issues

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The first collector’s edition release of 1987’s infamous Ishtar has been cancelled very late in the day, it’s been announced.

It was with some interest that we welcomed the news of a Blu-ray release of the film Ishtar. One of Hollywood’s most infamous flops, the film has been gradually finding more and more fans over the years, with the Warren Beatty/Dustin Hoffman-headlined film slowly winning more people over.

The terrific Blu-ray label Indicator had put the Blu-ray together, a limited edition release that was set to be the first collector’s edition version of the movie in any format. But, at the very last minute, the release has had to be cancelled.

It really does appear to be pretty last minute, too. Indicator, in an email to customers, confirmed that “work had already been completed” on Ishtar, and that it was having to pull the release “due to legal complications”.

Quite what those complications were it didn’t elaborate on, but it’s hugely disappointing for the fine folks there. Hopefully one day its work on the movie can see the light of day.

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