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Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Writers: Karl Tunberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013MYB9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Discs 1 and 2: Movie
- The 1959 Winner of a Record-Setting 11 Academy Awards®*, including Best Picture, Actor (Charlton Heston) and Director (William Wyler) – Restored frame by frame from the original 65MM camera negative and remastered in stunning 1080p high definition for maximum picture and audio clarity
- Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston
- Music-only track showcasing Miklos Rozsa’s award-winning score
- Theatrical Trailers

Disc 3: Special Features
- New Feature Length Documentary: Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey - Retrospective on the Ben-Hur star, written and directed by his son Fraser C. Heston, featuring never-before-available images and footage from the Heston Family archives
- The 1925 Silent Version – Thames Television
- Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
- Vintage Documentaries: Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic
- Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures – Audiovisual recreation via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue
- Screen Tests
- Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast
- Newsreels
- Monumental Collectibles!
- Charlton Heston: The Ben-Hur Diaries - Reproduction of Charlton Heston’s personal and insightful diary from January 1958 to April 1960, chronicling his time before production started through the Academy Awards
- Exclusive book with rare photos, production art and reproductions from the original theatrical pressbook

Editorial Reviews

High-definition Blu-ray hits greater heights with the arrival of the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting winner of 11 Academy Awards®* including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to his Best Actor Oscar®-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar® winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

Customer Reviews

One of the best films ever made.
Amazon Customer
The special features on this dvd are great (though I still need to update to the four disc edition), as is the sound and picture quality.
Anthony Nasti
Incredible story, brilliant acting, awesome cinematography and great action.
Pam Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

430 of 448 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Wood on December 4, 2005
Format: DVD
William Wyler's Oscar-winning BEN-HUR (1959), produced by Sam Zimbalist (who died of a heart attack near the end of filming) and based on a best-selling late 19th Century novel by Lew Wallace, is one hell of a movie experience. Watching a brand-new, pristine camera negative copy, I could not believe that the opening Nativity scene and the Resurrection finale were the same movie. There is just so much here. This remake of the 1925 silent epic, runs 3 hours and 45 minutes, including powerful roadshow bookend music by Miklos Rozsa. It takes its leisurely time in telling the story of a Jew (Charlton Heston) and a Roman (Stephen Boyd), raised as best friends, who become bitter enemies in the Holy Land of Jesus Christ's life. Director Wyler was always known as a painstaking perfectionist who would exhaust cast and crew by doing take after take after take of every scene. But the result for the audience is enthralling.

Wyler had never made a Biblical epic before and wanted to work in every genre; his BEN-HUR is the one with a literate brain. It is hard to believe it had major writing problems, multiple writers, and scenes written the night before they would be filmed. It flows beautifully and is continually engrossing, despite its near four hour length. The cast is impeccable, including Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Jack Hawkins, lovely Haya Harareet, and Oscar winner Hugh Griffith.

If you are looking for the sea battle (directed by Andrew Marton), it is about 70 minutes into part one. If you are seeking out the greatest chariot race in movie history (choreographed and directed by Yakima Canutt), it is about ten minutes after the intermission. The Christ scenes are handled with taste and subtlety; we see only his back or his hand and never hear his voice.
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218 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Marty Gillis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I WOULD GIVE THIS RELEASE 10 STARS if Amazon allowed me to!

Ben-Hur is one of my all time favorite films. It is probably the single greatest performance ever given by Charlton Heston and the greatest epic ever filmed until the Lord of the Rings trilogy came along but still it holds it's head high and remains a timeless classic, just as good as it ever was, maybe better today!

Much has been written about the film itself, so my review will just cover the actual Blu Ray presentation and the included extras.

Many sets have been released with much ballyhoo and assorted trinkets and swag included in the box. Much of it is useless stuff you look at once, then put away and never see again. This is NOT the case with the Ben-Hur boxed set. Everything you get in this box set is of high quality and compliments the film itself. Speaking of the box itself, it is a very VERY nice embossed keepsake box that is protected by an outer covering and when opened reveals the film along with two books. The three included discs are housed in a nice glossy fold out container with full color high quality printed photographs both inside and outside. The presentation is gorgeous, a real head turner.

You get the film, Ben-Hur spread over two BD 50GB discs for maximum quality and zero compression artifacts and presented in it's original aspect ratio of 2.76:1. This is basically the widest of the wide screen formats, filmed in luscious 70mm with 65mm used for picture information and the remaining 5% used for the original 6 track magnetic soundtrack. Ben-Hur was painstakingly restored, in fact it took them so much time that the actual 50th Anniversary of Ben-Hur was missed by a few years in order to provide us with the BEST picture and sound possible.
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304 of 337 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on November 17, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
On the surface Inception seems to be a crime caper, complete with master of disguise Eames (Tom Hardy), planner Aridane (Ellen Page), point man Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and master thief Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio). But it's so much more than that, taking place in dreams within dreams within dreams.

Inception, like Total Recall and The Matrix, is about perception. The audience is never sure what reality is because the protagonist isn't sure what's real. There are clues providing evidence for the real/not real theories, but the best movies of this type don't come down on one side or another. Total Recall ultimately had enough clues indicating the "right" way. The Matrix stumbled after it made it clear that reality was fiction, thereby losing an audience who enjoyed the tantalizing mystery. Like so many mysteries, once the truth was revealed it wasn't quite as exciting as we all hoped. Inception wisely avoids providing answers.

Inception is also a thought experiment. The central conceit of Inception is that once you put a thought in someone's head it's like a virus, incapable of being removed. In fact, attempting to not think about the idea causes the mind to just focus on it more. This concept, a key tenet of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), is part of how our brains are wired. Director Chris Nolan knows exactly what he's doing when the characters explain the premise. It is the key argument between Cobb and his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard): is this life just a dream?

Once you get it into your head as to which of them is right, Inception burrows into your psyche and you see all the evidence you need to reinforce the idea.
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Question... At this moment, I just made an order, is that, a failed run?? of this box set??
Feb 19, 2012 by Pablo D. Villarroel |  See all 4 posts
Languages and subtitles
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
German Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Castillian Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Monaural
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1
Hungarian Monaural
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Sep 15, 2011 by Javier Sopena Mas |  See all 12 posts
Region coding
Do you mean the DVD or Blu-ray? Region 4 is a DVD region. Check on Amazon's UK website as some Warner Brothers DVDs are dual-coded Regions 2 and 4 (PAL).

If you mean the Blu-ray, it is region-free. So far all Warner Brothers and Universal Blu-rays released worldwide have been region-free. Again... Read More
Oct 26, 2011 by Christopher Jones |  See all 6 posts
Weight of the box set?
Walmart has a shipping weight of 3.64 pounds and Target estimates it at 3.63 pounds.
Sep 28, 2011 by JASON M |  See all 3 posts
Documentary Not On DVD?
you can get the documentary on a DvD that is billed as a double bill: Love Trap and the documentary Directed by William Wyler.
Mar 16, 2011 by G. Hall |  See all 2 posts
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