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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (577 votes)

Released: 2011-09-27

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Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] by Warner Bros.

Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Movie Details

Director
Kelley Cauthen
Studio
Warner Bros.
Runtime
212
Rated
G (General Audience)
Binding
Blu-ray


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Description

High-definition Blu-ray hits greater heights with the arrival of the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting winner of 11 Academy Awards®* including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to his Best Actor Oscar®-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar® winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

Actors

  • Shannon Tweed
  • Sam Hennings
  • Colleen Coffey
  • Doug Jeffery
  • Griffin Drew

Format

  • AC-3
  • Collector's Edition
  • Dolby
  • NTSC
  • Original recording remastered

Editorial Review

Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards® in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before and is unlikely ever to be seen again. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject matter, and here the subject–Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd)–is rich, detailed, and sensitively handled. Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favor of spectacle, and is aided immeasurably by Miklos Rozsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture. At four hours it's a long haul (especially given some of the portentous dialogue), but all in all, Ben-Hur is a great movie, best seen on the biggest screen possible. –Mark Walker

More Details

Binding
Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio
2.55:1
Disks
3

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