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After his boyhood friend Messala's fanatic loyalty to Rome makes him a powerful enemy, Judah Ben-Hur is found guilty of an attempted murder he did not commit. His family is banished and he is enslaved on a warship. Through his ferocity in a raging sea battle, he is able to escape and become a horse trainer. To exact his revenge, Ben-Hur decides to compete against Messala in the Roman chariot races. They race, locked in a battle to the death. Barely surviving, Ben-Hur forsakes the sword for Christ and finally finds redemption. Winner of a record 11 Academy Award, including Best Picture and Actor (Charlton Heston).
Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards® in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before and is unlikely ever to be seen again. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject matter, and here the subject--Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd)--is rich, detailed, and sensitively handled. Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favor of spectacle, and is aided immeasurably by Miklos Rozsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture. At four hours it's a long haul (especially given some of the portentous dialogue), but all in all, Ben-Hur is a great movie, best seen on the biggest screen possible. --Mark WalkerSee all Editorial Reviews
Nothing beats the old classics. They would never make a movie like this today, and if they did, it would not be with a "cast of thousands. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susanna
Just watched this today. It was great. One of the best movies Charlton Heston did.Published 11 days ago by travis
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|Defective BluRay discs? What to do?||
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||
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
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1
Polish Dolby Digital... Read More
Sep 15, 2011 by Javier Sopena Mas | See all 12 posts
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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