Ben-Hur (1959) / The Ten Commandments (1956) [Blu-ray]
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As far as the movies themselves go, the remastering job on both is incredible. The video quality looks as good as movies that are filmed today, and the audio has been remastered into DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, and sounds awesome. The films are also complete, with parts of the films, especially Ben Hur, that I've never seen before.
The two films did get different treatment though, and I must admit that I like the remastering on The Ten Commandments better.
Ben Hur which was shot on 65mm film, maintains it original theatrical ultra-widescreen aspect which requires letter boxing at the top and bottom of the screen. If there is a let down for me, it is the audio remastering. While it is remastered in DTS-HD 5.1, the EQ was not reworked to give the voice track especially, as well as the music tracks the depth and bass that we are used to in todays films. Instead they have more of a tinny sound that was the norm for films of their day.
The Ten Commandments is presented in a 16x9 aspect ratio which eliminates the black bars on the top and bottom and fills the screen completely. The other big difference is the audio EQ was done so that the full depth of the sound, which does sound as good as films made today, fills the room with the DTS-HD 5.Read more ›
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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These are two of my favorite movies. I have seen them many times, but am glad to own them.Published 3 days ago by Richard H. Smith
I watched both of these movies back to back and started to speak with God. Very interesting guy. We discussed life , love , philosophy and season 4 of Breaking Bad. God's a fan. Read morePublished 7 days ago by francisco valdez
Grew up with these movies, now my kids can enjoy them as well :) Really like these old time movies, they just have a certain sound and feel to them that's lacking in modern day... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
Can't believe the high quality of this movie, made in the 1950's. Its just great.Published 11 days ago by Rican @ Dallas, Tx
Every Easter my family and I watch The Ten Commandments its a tradition that we still uphold today!Published 17 days ago by Lindsey Gowdy
Blockbuster Charlton Heston in his prime with fantastic sets and historic stories.Published 19 days ago by S. White
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It's the 2.76:1 version. The other aspect ratio refers to some of the special features only.
Apr 9, 2014 by Donnythee | See all 2 posts
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
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At Blu-ray.com, they indicate it is 2 BD's for the set.
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
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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