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Ben-Hur (1959) / The Ten Commandments (1956) [Blu-ray] (2013)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMSLDW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The brilliant restoration and remastering of DeMille's Epic Masterpiece THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is one of the best if not the greatest one I have seen on high definition so far for a classic film. Working with the original Vista-Vision 35mm negative source may account for that. It even surpasses BEN-HUR's remastering that tends to carry slight deficiencies in contrast levels during some dark scenes. TEN COMMANDMENTS turned out 100% perfect. Comparable to the high quality excellence that the Walt Disney Company invests in order to restore their classic animated masterpieces to look better than they ever will in high definition. TEN COMMANDMENTS is not only the most popular Biblical epic of all time, it is the highest grossing one as well in the Biblical genre. Due to the attention to details and dedication poured into the making of this time-less classic film, it should have won Best Picture and all the major award categories below that during the 1957 AMPAS ceremonies. Charlton Heston should have received his first oscar 3 years before and then get a 2nd one in 1960 for Ben-Hur. Edward G.Robinson was perfect in his portrayal of Dathan and should have received the Best Supporting Actor award for that role. I guess Academy members back then enjoyed watching Cantinflas dangling from a balloon in Around the World in 80 Days better than being moved by the finger of God writing His Ten Commandments on granite stone atop Mount Sinai. Both masterpiece Biblical epics should not be missing as part of every home entertainment film collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING blu-ray picture for "The Ten Commandments" September 8, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This review is for the blu-ray picture quality, sound quality, etc.-- not for how good the story or acting is. "The Ten Commandments" has an AMAZINGLY beautiful picture, with very accurate colors (as with the flesh tones, for example), vivid colors, and it's EXTREMELY sharp. The audio is excellent as well. BluRay.com lauds this blu-ray as being one of the best ever done, the standard for how to remaster a film for blu-ray, and I agree strongly. You will be amazed, literally, by the gorgeous HD picture quality. I'm very pleased with this purchase.

You can literally see the threads and other small intricacies in the clothing and backgrounds, and of course in the actors' faces, right from the movie's very beginning. GREAT job on this film's Blu-Ray picture, just beautiful HD quality. The very best blu-ray of an older film, quality-wise, that I've seen! The movie looks about 40 years newer than it is!

I have always loved this film for its story, script, and acting. One of my favorites; a long film that you seem to get through quickly, not tediously, every time.

Both movies are split into 2 discs each, broken at the intermissions (thus 4 total discs in this package), but this is done to allow for high MbPS transfers-- just what we customers should want.

No review yet for Ben-Hur, which I haven't viewed yet.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
What can I say. Both films have been remastered for High-definition and neither have ever looked better. The 'Ben Hur' was mastered from a 70mm print and in HD you can tell! 'Ten Commandments' was sourced from a VistaVision print. VistaVision was a system that used 35mm film sideways- like a 35mm still camera and that gave a frame twice the size of regular vertically shot cinema film. Needless to say that it too looks spectacular in HD.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Deal!! March 12, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was surprised when I saw that these two Charlton Heston films had been slated for release as a Warner Brothers "Double Feature" with a list price under $20. I paid $14.95, or about $17 with tax through amazon.

Surprised because "Ben-Hur" was just re-released in a painstaking and expensive "50th Anniversary" remastering in 2011, and that is the version included here (all that money spent and there's STILL distortion in the soundtrack at some points!). Surprised again, because "The Ten Commandments" received its latest and greatest remaster in 2011 as well in a 6K "Two-Disc Special Edition," and that SE is the version included here. In fact, Amazon lists the price of that 2-BD SE of "Ten" at $21.95 (!?), which is $7 more than the selling price of the Double Feature set under review. Go figure.

There are FOUR BDs in this set. Both movies time out at over 3 hours long, so they are each spread over two BDs, breaking at the most-natural point imaginable: the Intermission. I think that both movies could have been fit on one BD each, but whatever.

As far as extras go, "Ben-Hur" contains an informative commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston, and a music-only track showcasing Miklos Rozsa's award-winning score and the theatrical trailers. I would mention that the UCE of this film contains an additional disc that is absolutely loaded with extra features, including the silent movie version from 1925. The extras on "Ten" include three trailers (with that from 1956 being of an extended length and featuring Cecil B DeMille himself), a commentary track, and a short newsreel of the 1956 NYC premiere on Disc 2.

So you get these two classic films - the huge spectacle, the bad acting ("Oh, Moses, Moses!") and everything else - for next to nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best
no other movie will ever be as great as this one. There so many secret to be learn from it. You must see it more than one to get all the hiden information. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Sergio Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I love it. The DVD is very clear. I am very happy that it has two movies together on Blu-ray DVD.
Published 13 hours ago by Elaine Tirado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great films, great price!
Anyone who loves the classics will find this deal irresistible. Ben Hur, perhaps one of the greatest films ever produced, and The 10 Commandments, a Biblical, timeless gem.
Published 19 hours ago by Banzai
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor packaging results in broken case
I haven't watched the movies yet, but of course I've seen them before many times. They are both excellent. Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben-Hur and The Ten commandments
The videos exceeded our expectations. We had seen the movies when they were first released and enjoyed them so much that we wanted to have them for out in home entertainment.
Published 5 days ago by Jesse A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
Everyone should have a great collection of great movies like this one. These movies are great for the holidays and excellent
memories of different parts of acting in both of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Randall Canter
4.0 out of 5 stars Two great movies, but possibly the worst packaging ever
Other reviewers have written about the transfers, extras, and so on and they are all wonderful. I'd just like to comment on the packaging. Read more
Published 9 days ago by David G. Marut
5.0 out of 5 stars two great films for the Easter holiday
great films great price . This is a must buy if you are into classic films.both films were a present but I have seen them before.
Published 10 days ago by Bargain Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hollywood at its best
Excellent movie epics from when Hollywood was at its finest. Good to be able to watch these classics without commercials and be able to pause or stop when necessary.
Published 11 days ago by Mimi Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movies even better in Blu-Ray
As a youngster growing up, I saw both of these movies in the theater when they were released. They were great then and have stood the test of time. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael A. Spinelli
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region coding
I just looked at the case and discs for this information. It doesn't say. Neither does it say on WBSHOP.com (it's a Warner bros. release). Even Amazon UK says it's A1. That can't be good for sales.
If you're in a region that's not in the blu ray A1 area, contact the WB shop. Their contact info... Read more
Jan 18, 2014 by L. Phillips |  See all 2 posts
How many discs?
At Blu-ray.com, they indicate it is 2 BD's for the set.
[http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ben-Hur-and-The-Ten-Commandments-Blu-ray/63230/]
Previous releases of Ben-Hur (e.g. the 50th Anniversary ed) and The Ten Commandments included 2 BD's. But I noticed there is a new release of The Ten... Read more
Jan 26, 2013 by Icydelight |  See all 5 posts
Aspect Ratio
It's the 2.76:1 version. The other aspect ratio refers to some of the special features only.
15 days ago by Donnythee |  See all 2 posts
packaging
There's four discs. Two for each film. I was also worried that they'd be put on one disc each. I'm sure you know how long these films are. But, WB didn't skimp on these and it shows. They look great.
Jan 19, 2014 by L. Phillips |  See all 4 posts
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