Double Feature: Ben Hur / Ten Commandments
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Ben Hur/Ten Commandments DVD DBFE
The visual splendour, thundering action and towering drama of Ben-Hur is unmatched. Charlton Heston brings a muscular, physical and moral presence to his award-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur. Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 remake of The Ten Commandments is sheer pageantry and spectacle which few motion pictures can claim to equal. Includes a rare on-screen introduction by Cecil B. DeMille himself. Nul film n'a su égaler la magnificence visuelle, l'action trépidante et le drame prenant de Ben-Hur. Charlton Heston prête une imposante présence physique et morale au rôle de Judah Ben-Hur dans une prestation primée. Rares sont les films qui peuvent rivaliser avec cette version de 1956 des Dix Commandements de Cecil B. DeMille pour le faste et le spectacle absolus. Comprend une présentation exceptionnelle à l'écran de Cecil B. DeMille lui-même.]]>
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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 5.1 surround sound. The full presence of Charlton Heston's voice is faithfully reproduced, as well as the magnificent music throughout the film.
So in short, if you are wanting to add these two classics to your library, this is a no brainer.
Both are great and classic movies. A must see for any movie history buff. Centuries from now, I'm sure these movies will still be famous.
The movies are on separate disks, but this permits having both movies together, complete with documentaries on each movie.
This is the remastered version of The Ten Commandments and they did an absolutely amazing job remastering this movie. When the movie started and I saw how clean and vibrant the colors were I would have thought this movie was just recently filmed. The quality is that good. The actors and actresses look fabulous and the sets and backdrops are breath-taking now that is its cleaned up. I'm fairly certain the movie looks better now than it did when it was first filmed. On a large high definition television you actually get the sense that you are present during the movie sequences. The sound quality of both films is great as well. Listening to these films in DTS-HD just adds to the immersive quality of the restorations.
This is a 4 disc set, two discs for each movie. Both movies are remasters, but the remastering for The Ten Commandments is clearly better than that for BEN-HUR. I briefly put in the BEN-HUR movie just to check the quality. It is very good also.
The story in the movie is so good. Great lesson for kids so even though the movie is very long its well worth sitting and watching with them. the performance by the actors and actresses still holds up to any modern acting today. I love this movie and this version specifically is jaw-dropping.
Ben-Hur (1959) / The Ten Commandments (1956) [Blu-ray]