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on August 9, 2016
This is one of the most amazing Charlton Heston movies ever made, besides maybe the Ten Commandments. You really have to sit back and enjoy the "Real" acting that took place in these movies. It's almost as though they are in a play, and it was filmed for motion pictures. The actors and actresses are simply outstanding. Can't say enough but it is biblical based, and really tugs at your emotional feelings.
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on April 14, 2017
You know how, when you've watched a movie so many times, that you become over-critical of it?
I've watched this movie annually for over 50 years, and there's not a single line, or shot I would alter in the least!
Every subtle nuance in each actors' expression is intentional and necessary!
Simply the best movie of all time!

The 2016 remake, should have been named differently, simply for the sake of the posterity of the 1959 version; or at least out of respect for the pure genius of director William Wyler!

Writer Lew Wallace should have lived to see it!

The original music by Miklós Rózsa, in my opinion, is also the best movie score of all time!

So few movies get the full 5☆ mark on Amazon; it pleases me to see this Gem does!
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on August 23, 2016
One of the greatest movies ever made!!! Charlton Heston and the entire cast were in short amazing and fully deserving of all the Academy Awards and accolades awarded to them. With the enhancements of the blu-ray format and being beautifully restored this movie has never looked better. Allowing the viewer to truly, fully enjoy the movie the way the producers always intended it to be seen. This is definately a must see for any classic Hollywood movie lover.
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on August 17, 2016
This is an EXCELLENT movie!!! I had NO idea how they were able to make this movie that long ago and no CGI help. They did a superb job. I had seen the movie originally but after so many years, I had forgotten a lot of the specific details. It was a pleasure to see it again. We wanted to see this version again before seeing the 2016 version of the film I think the new film will have a hard time competing with the charm and grandeur of the original film making and actors.
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on January 24, 2017
DVD runs PERFECT AND THE SAME WITH THE COLOR-THAT HAS BEEN DIGITALLY RESTORED. The recent re-make of this movie is, frankly a waste of time and doesn't begin to compare with this movie. Any individual not familiar with this movie, should watch this spellbinding action drama. I have experienced men and teens tell me, after they watched the movie, "WOW!", then with a smile, state...loved the chariot races- so we watched it again. Even kids love it because of all the action. I watch it all the time and never get tired of it.. It makes a super gift for anyone.
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on May 25, 2014
I love this classic movie; made when Hollywood didn't shy away from religious themes (before I was born). Discovered Ben Hur in my twenties - I was initially disappointed when my wife brought it home from the video rental store because all I knew about this movie was that it was old and it had a famous chariot race. Turns out it's also very long - and i was riveted to my seat for the whole showing. It has it all: action, adventure treachery, suspense, romance, revenge, loyalty, and redemption. It is now a family tradition to watch it every Easter.

I own the DVD release of this film. I decided to make my first Amazon digital streaming purchase and I was impressed by the video and audio quality. I expected the Amazon HD streaming version to be convenient (as I wouldn't have to locate my wife's newest storage place for our DVDs on an annual basis anymore), but it also turned out to be of far superior quality compared to the DVDs. We watched it on a 55" Panasonic Viera HDTV via a Roku and it was visually stunning. Now we can watch it wherever we go on any of our devices.

I'm very pleased with this purchase because it's a great movie and the streaming format did it justice.
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on December 26, 2016
This has been my family Christmas movie ever since it became available. It starts at the birth of Christ and ends with His death. It follows a contemporary who lives at the same period of time, and whose life touches Christs life at certain times. I absolutely love the story and everything about it. It's also about one man's journey from the birth in Bethlehem to the cross where Jesus died. It is about a man who nearly looses his faith and all hope, and it is restored at the cross.
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on March 23, 2016
To me, just about the greatest religious drama that illustrates why Christ came into this world, that gets across God's message of love and mercy, but also his justice, and the effects of love and hate on the human heart. Never showing the face of Christ, or his voice, but only his silent presence is powerful. Incredible performances and production. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son...."
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on November 29, 2013
Picture looks awesome considering the movie is 50 + years old. This is the first release of this where it was properly framed.
EDIT: I'm not sure why my review shows up as DVD but I'm referring to the 50th anniversary Blu-ray release which considering the age of the film has quite a great picture and depth & shadow detail is great. Most of the film is brightly lit but the scene after the chariot race when Ben-hur visits Messala the low lit scene looks quite striking. As I mentioned the film is properly framed though there is one scene that shifts/jumps while Ben-hur is talking to Messala in his office not sure which time off the top of my head but I believe its the first time. This may be do to a damaged frame of film I'm not sure. That was the only noticeable framing issue. The 50th anniversary edition also includes a copy of Charlton Heston's daily schedule/diary of the film which was quite interesting I haven't read it completely but its a look behind the scenes in a really raw way.

Amazon should really Really REALLY stop mixing the Blu-Ray reviews in with the DVD ones neither are a fair representation of the other.
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on December 17, 2014
This spectacular, cinematic, achievement did..., what no other movie in the 'History of Cinema', did. It was nominated for and won, an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards including 'Best Picture' for 1959. And, Actor Charlton Heston in the title role of: BEN HUR, won the Oscar for 'Best Actor'. Included in this 4-Disc Collector's Edition is a keepsake booklet, entitled: 'The Story of the Making of BEN HUR' from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and an optional commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston. Directed by Academy Award winning Director William Wyler, the infamous story of BEN HUR (A Tale of the Christ), is based on the Book with the same title, written by: Author and General Lew Wallace - a Civil War, hero. Written in 1880, the book versions, stage productions, silent and black and white talking with color films, were all 'mega hits' and continue to hold steady if not, gain in popularity with each new generation. Disc's 1 & 2 show the full length feature film, all 222-color minutes of it, whereas Disc-3 shows the 1925 black and white with color, 143-minute version. And Disc-4 depicts the 2005 documentary - 'BEN HUR: The Epic that Changed Cinema', which is very interesting. As well as, the 1994 documentary - 'BEN HUR: The Making of an Epic'. More 'Special Features', include: Initial screen tests, theatrical trailer's, Oscar highlights from 1960, a vintage news reel gallery and a 'BEN HUR: Journey through Pictures'. This superb, Hollywood film epic, is a timeless classic of love, betrayal, loyalty, friendship, forgiveness, healing and restoration. And how, the Lord Jesus Christ played an integral part. Also included, is the uncut and very dramatic, chariot race between Judah BEN HUR and his one-time, Roman friend, now arch-enemy, Messala. The Roman Tribune in command of the Roman Garrison stationed in Judea, where he and Judah BEN HUR were friends, as boy's. From the galley's of Roman War Ship's to the palatial splendor of Rome itself, back to Judea to the Roman Governor's Palace, and finally...home, for Judah BEN HUR. This classic, history making film portrays a fantastic story for both the Christian and secular audience alike, complete with action, adventure, intrigue, courage, faith and even, the miraculous. It is a colossal cinematic wonder, that will entertain and inspire with every viewing, and will remain a treasured film epic, for all time. Thrilling, compelling and inspirational. A definite keeper for any film collector. Nina Kish
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