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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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The Ten Commandments is My all time favorite from 1956. I've searched awhile to find this on blue ray. The bonus for me is Ben-HurPublished 16 days ago by Niecee
I bought this dvd set for my husband. The discs for The 10 Commandments played fine. However the last 5 minutes of Ben Hur were unable to be viewed clearly. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carole
This DVD is better than when I first saw the movie at the picture show. I've watched 'Ben Hur' every year on TV for a long time, and I did not realize several scenes had been cut... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Couch Potato 52
They don't make them like this anymore. Great to have for the whole family.Published 22 days ago by occasional reviewer
Two movies that I love for one price in one package. A gift I gave to myselg.Published 23 days ago by Connie G
My son loves the movies, and you can't go wrong getting two movies for this price!Published 24 days ago by mommiebear03
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