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Ben Hur: The Epic Miniseries Event (2010)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BBNDQCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this adaptation of the colossal classic, Ben Hur the mini-series delivers more action, passion and revenge than ever before. The timeless story follows two friends who become bitter enemies and the historic events of the time as told son, he is destined to live many lives: a powerful businessman, a dutiful slave, a fierce gladiator, a Roman nobleman, and finally... a conquering hero.

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex and violence without style May 27, 2013
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I have seen both versions of Ben Hur, its earlier black and white version and the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd, so the comparison between the 1955 version and this one is still fresh in my mind. I had recently watched the DeMille version before watching this miniseries and the differences are monumental.

I doubt that director, Stephen Shill, set out to make an epic adventure and in that he succeeded. Shill's Ben Hur is a little movie with the emphasis on sex and as much nudity as he could get on the screen to spice up what needs no spice, rather like adding a cup full of jalapenos to an already spicy chili.

Shill's Ben Hur is earthy with a very young cast, most of whom give credible performances, but in whom there is little of gravitas or depth. Joseph Morgan broods well and purses his full lips as often as possible but fails to give more than brooding life to the character of Judah ben Hur. Kristin Kreuk is wasted as Tirzah and Alex Kingston's full blown charms fail to enliven Ruth, Judah's mother, or give her actions any heft or reality. Stephen Campbell Moore as Messala is feckless and rash without the depth of villainy that characterized Stephen Boyd's portrayal of Messala. Morgan and Moore are at best pretty boys playing at being men writ large and end up scribbled small in the sand, 2-dimensional at best, but not 3-dimensional or noteworthy. Jimenez as Athene was by far more interesting, although lacking in definable motives.

Shills' Ben Hur is a low budget bit of fluff with plenty of skin, sex, and nudity that pales in comparison to the 1955 epic saga. An actor with a little more mileage and a better understanding of the times and characters would have lifted this average film from mediocrity.

The scenery is, however, earthy and realistic and small, matching the smallness of the endeavor. In short, there is very little style or complexity in this version of Ben Hur with few standout performances.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In no way comparable with the 1959 classic April 30, 2013
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This is a totally 'modernized' telling of the Ben-Hur story.

a. It is not, in any appreciable way, "A Tale of the Christ".
b. It is not spectacular in any sense, as was the 1959 version in so many ways.
c. Its production values are consistent with those of other contemporary television entertainment - technically excellent, but lacking in many of the artistic elements that make for anything more than mediocre storytelling.

Those who love the story of Ben-Hur as told in the William Wyler / Charlton Heston version of 1959, as I do, will probably be left cold, as I was. Viewers not having that standard of comparison will likely find it ok.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur May 21, 2013
By Trout26
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of Wallace's book, and the 1959 film is amongst my favorites. Yes, it had problems (the middle third of the book and several sub-plots were cut and Heston was at least 20 years too old for the part), but the parts that were there were faithful to the source. Not so with this loose adaptation. A number of other reviews have already discussed the changes made in this version; I will add some of my comments to the ongoing discussion.

The one thing they got right was the age of the actor playing Judah; he is both the correct age, and his acting is considerably better than the over-acting of Heston. But that's where it stops.

The number of abridgements, alterations, and fabrications not found in Wallace are far too numerous to list, but a few of the most aggregious are as follows. (1) Judah's motivation; Judah's motivation in the original is to find his family - it is his sole reason for surviving the gallies, the numerous adventures not included in the film, and ultimately the chariot race. In this version, it is reduced to simple revenge, and being reunited with his family becomes an afterthought. (2) Judah is betrothed to Ester before he is taken as a slave; in the book this doess not happen until the very end. (3) Once again, the middle third of the book is missing. (4) An extended subplot involving Agrippa nd Athene that intertwines itself throughout the entire film is introduced that in no was is rooted in Wallace's book.

The issues with the script aside, the acting is quite good throughout, as is the production design and filming. This is certainly a much "smaller" production than the 1959 film (the chariot race is reduced to a street race vice an arena race), but it is self-consistant throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't believe how much I liked this! December 30, 2013
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I belong to FSM (Film Score Monthly), a soundtrack discussion group, and we had been discussing this 2-part remake of "Ben-Hur," and I just posted the following there:

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Today I watched the 3 1/4 hour "Ben-Hur," the 2010 remake with Joseph Morgan and Stephen Campbell Moore and Emily VanCamp, which I wrote about a month or so ago on another thread, probably about script adaptations, and this was the first time I had ever watched it WITHOUT commercials, and while I liked it back when I first saw it on cable, it has gained considerably in my estimation. I hadn't intended to watch it all, but couldn't turn it off. And it brought me to tears at least 3 times. I believe it was re-edited to lengthen some scenes over what was originally shown on American TV (it's, I believe, a Canadian/German/Moroccan co-production) and there's some slight male nudity as well as some above the waist female nudity that I don't remember seeing when it was broadcast in the U.S. I had picked it up (here) at Amazon for $1 plus shipping and it's one of the best deals I've found in quite some time. HIGHLY recommended.

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I agree with some reviewers who bemoan the absence of a Blu-ray version of this, but the DVD is excellent, although I want to advise any who buy this to skip the lengthy flashbacks at the beginning of part 2, which is about as close to a quibble as I can get.

Ben-Hur is portrayed as a sort of Everyman and NOT as the burly superhero as played by Charlton Heston in the remake.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Christians should pass on this movie-not worth it.
This movie does not in any way compared to the book. It is not rated, but should be rated R, with strong emphasis on the R. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lady Hawk
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage
This movie has little resemblance to the Charlton Heston version and even less to the book. The plot barely follows either the book or 1959 version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Schwartz
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Character Development + The acting is average + The shoestring...
I have not read the book that these TV miniseries were loosely based on. So, I wrote this review based on the show not on the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cestmoi
4.0 out of 5 stars Hebrew and Christians
Excellent history review and realistic effects.
I don't like the way the LORD Jesus was portraided but, I guess you can't get what you want after all is just a movie.
Published 2 months ago by R Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Find
This is a great remake of a classic! I got one for myself and one for Dad.. We have watched itm several times.
Published 2 months ago by Jan Counts
5.0 out of 5 stars BEN HUR: THE EPIC MINISERIES
I LOVE THIS MOVIE VERY MUCH. I AM INTO HISTORICAL AND WAR MOVIES VERY MUCH. I RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE FOR OTHERS TO SEE.
Published 3 months ago by Hogan_62
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
The first Ben Hur was good so I was thinking this remake would not be as good. I was wrong! I love everything Roman and this movie delivers! Read more
Published 6 months ago by lionhearted1122
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a great movie! I watched it twice and except for a couple of nudity scenes it is totally worth watching
Published 6 months ago by joatham
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing spectacular
Not the best movie adaptation of Ben Hur. This version did not have the spectacular of the Charles Heston film.
Published 6 months ago by Robert W. Carriveau
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It's been many years since I've seen the Charlton Heston version of Ben Hur, so I went into this with fresh eyes in terms of the story and little knowledge to compare the two... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra@readsandreviews
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