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Ben Hur (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)

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

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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  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!!

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  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!!

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  A worthy restoration and transfer of an impressive film

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Well it was a while in coming but we finally have Ben-Hur cleaned up and restored for its digital transfer onto Blu-ray.

It was worth the wait, the picture is excellent. For a film that is 50 years old, it looks as good as many that were shot only a few years ago. Now dont get me wrong, Its not perfect, there are better restorations from this period, for example it lacks the sharp detail of Cleopatra, but all in all it is very good and well worth the asking price.

Ben-Hur was one of the few movies that was recorded in stereo at this time and along with the picture restoration much work has been done on the sound and here it is presented in DTS 5.1 which is very good.

I have had the DVD edition since it was released and this Blu-ray version is a huge difference, I cannot agree with the reviewer that says it is dark, this was certainly not my experience.

The story is long at just shy of four hours but moves at a steady enough pace, accumulating with the famous chariot race towards the end. This is still one of the most spectacular scenes ever filmed and deserves its place in the history of cinema. It is unfortunate that it is such a contrast to the sea battle earlier in the movie which is not particularly impressive, the ships are models and it does show.

This film took eleven Oscars including Best Director, Picture and Actor and it in many ways started the era of the epic that was to finish with The Fall of the Roman Empire.

This is a worthy transfer to Blu-ray for both sound and picture and I thoroughly recommend it. I have given it four stars because it is not as good a picture as I was hoping for and if you compare it to Cleopatra, you will see what I mean.

  Big and brilliant

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One of the grandest spectacles in the history of cinema, Ben-Hur manages to make a virtue of its religious portentousness through sheer scale and strong story-telling. At the heart of it is an affecting tale of a family torn asunder by political forces, so relevant in these days of Arab springs. A perfect role for Charlton Heston and his granite-like jaw, and the rivalry between Jewish Ben-Hur and his Roman best friend (loaded with homosexual subtext and all the more fascinating for it) comes to a thrilling head in the chariot race, still one of the most exciting action scenes committed to film. And while it may last 4 hours, they just glide by thanks to its glorious use of its wide screen and a full-blooded score by Miklos Rozsa, It looks ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC on Blu-ray, like it was made only last year.

  ben wow

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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

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  Ben-Hur

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Superb transfer, pity about the cover artwork.
The original pre sale artwork was far superior

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  Disappointed

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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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