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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 455 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (615 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMSLDW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ben-Hur (1959) / The Ten Commandments (1956) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Let me start off by saying, yes these are both the remastered 50th anniversary editions of Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments that are sold separately for the same price as this double feature. Yes there are four Blu-rays in the case, two for Ben Hur and two for The Ten Commandments. And yes this is really is as good a deal as it seems. If you are looking to add these two movies to your collection, this is the one to buy. The only thing that you are giving up by buying this double feature is having one extra case on your shelf.
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.
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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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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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Re: Double Feature edition. Be aware the DVD's are stacked on top of each other on a single spindle, which obviously increases the chance of scuffing the play surface. The spindle is also such that it is difficult to remove the DVD's. When it comes to bad packaging, I've noticed through the years that Paramount seems to have no shame, among others. Grade is 5 stars for movies, zip for case.
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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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