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Ben Hur (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 26 September 2011

Featuring: Charlton Heston, Cathy O´Donnell & Finlay Currie

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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Having swept the board at the Academy awards, Ben Hur achieved an outstanding feat in film history, winning eleven oscars in 1959 including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. After a ten month production schedule and a then massive $15 million budget, this 1950s epic movie has always represented a cinematographic feat that has rarely been bettered.
  • Newly Remastered and Restored from Original 65mm Film Elements
  • Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Scene Specific Comments from Charlton Heston
  • Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa's Score
  • Charlton Heston: A Personal Journey (78 min) [HD]
  • Ben-Hur: 1925 Silent Version, from the Thames Television Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Composer Carl Davis (143 min)
  • 2005 Documentary: Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema - Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott reflect on the importance and influence of the film on modern epics (58 min)
  • 1994 Documentary: Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic Hosted by Christopher Plummer (58 min)
  • Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures - Audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue
  • Screen Tests (30 min)
  • Vintage Newsreels Gallery
  • Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards Ceremony
  • Theatrical Trailer Gallery

customer Reviews

 Average rating (7 reviews)

 ben wow

| | See all mikeyjw's reviews (16)

forget the other reviews... do we buy a blu-ray for the cover art? do you really?... it's too dark... now we all know what an utterly brilliant film this is... question? what is the transfer like? oh my god, it's a bit wow... you are going to forget how old this film is... the transfer is nothing short of breathtaking... the audio is a little understated... better than the dvd version??? oh yeah... this makes the dvd look like an old video transfer... it is that good, if you like this film... do yourself a favour, get it... i am not disappointed i got it

 Oh my GOD

| | See all TMontanaSF's reviews (114)

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Anyone who is reading this review to get an understanding on the movie itself need look elsewhere. I'm not rating the movie as everyone has seen it anyway. My review is simply on the transfer.

Wow this is astonishing, make no mistake this is one of the best transfers ever FULL STOP.

Tigger 22, I'm sorry my friend but you are telling people to buy the DVD instead because it's too dark. Do you even have 20/20 vision. What equipment are you using?

Pay absolutely no attention to his "buy the DVD instead" remark.

This is the benchmark by which all old movies should be compared. I'll grant you this was one of the most expensive productions in all movie history so I dare to suggest that the best most pricely film stock was used but I am completely bowled over at how amazing this looks compared to previous TV broadcasts and video,DVD releases.

I have owned this movie on every format and It was like watching it for the first time, every scene had me marveling at the foreground and background detail. I was noticing things I'd never seen before in the background. Amazing. I'll admit that the sharpeness is so impressive that some of the effects shots now look quite poor but hey it's old right and models were used back then when no CGI existed, I can't fault the transfer because of that.

Very little grain on this too, probably due to the natural light used on production together with the quality of the film stock used. No evident DNR processes have been used either.

The colours are incredible, so bright, so vibrant that the picture is truely alive. This film was a wonder in it's day, so epic, so grand, and now it looks like that again, because you know it's over 50 years old you are constantly wowed by how amazing it looks. If you compare this to the "Quo Vadis" transfer you'll see what is meant by colours looking washed out, not so with this release.

I will be honest and state that there is black crushing in some of the darker scenes but I'm being really picky here.

Incredible, one of the biggest examples of why Blu Ray is 6 times better than DVD. This is as near to reference quality a disc can get.

Buy this at once. Amazing!!

 Oh my GOD

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Anyone who is reading this review to get an understanding on the movie itself need look elsewhere. I'm not rating the movie as everyone has seen it anyway. My review is simply on the transfer.

Wow this is astonishing, make no mistake this is one of the best transfers ever FULL STOP.

Tigger 22, I'm sorry my friend but you are telling people to buy the DVD instead because it's too dark. Do you even have 20/20 vision. What equipment are you using?

Pay absolutely no attention to his "buy the DVD instead" remark.

This is the benchmark by which all old movies should be compared. I'll grant you this was one of the most expensive productions in all movie history so I dare to suggest that the best most pricely film stock was used but I am completely bowled over at how amazing this looks compared to previous TV broadcasts and video,DVD releases.

I have owned this movie on every format and It was like watching it for the first time, every scene had me marveling at the foreground and background detail. I was noticing things I'd never seen before in the background. Amazing. I'll admit that the sharpeness is so impressive that some of the effects shots now look quite poor but hey it's old right and models were used back then when no CGI existed, I can't fault the transfer because of that.

Very little grain on this too, probably due to the natural light used on production together with the quality of the film stock used. No evident DNR processes have been used either.

The colours are incredible, so bright, so vibrant that the picture is truely alive. This film was a wonder in it's day, so epic, so grand, and now it looks like that again, because you know it's over 50 years old you are constantly wowed by how amazing it looks. If you compare this to the "Quo Vadis" transfer you'll see what is meant by colours looking washed out, not so with this release.

I will be honest and state that there is black crushing in some of the darker scenes but I'm being really picky here.

Incredible, one of the biggest examples of why Blu Ray is 6 times better than DVD. This is as near to reference quality a disc can get.

Buy this at once. Amazing!!

 Disappointed

| | See all tigger22's reviews (4)

Was so looking forward to this Blu Ray presentation of the Movie. The picture detail is there as you would expect from Blu Ray discs but the picture is dark........Stick with the DVD

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ActorsCharlton Heston, Cathy O´Donnell, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Stephen Boyd & Andre Morell
DirectorWilliam Wyler
CertificatePG
Year1959
LanguagesEnglish
SubtitlesEnglish ; French ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; Japanese ; German ; Italian ; Dutch