Ben-Hur (Blu-Ray)

Release Date: 26 September 2011 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar's reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala (Stephen Boyd), who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted. But when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Judah vows revenge. In BEN-HUR, William Wyler's much-lauded epic, the story of Judah's search for his mother and sister and his quest for revenge intersects with crucial biblical events such as the Sermon on the Mount and the crucifixion. Wyler gets fine performances from Heston, Boyd, Jack Hawkins (as a Roman admiral who befriends Judah), and Hugh Griffith (as an Arab sheik who dreams of racing his beautiful white horses against Messala). Among BEN-HUR's vivid dramatic sequences are a violent sea battle and the famous chariot race that pits Judah against Messala in one of cinema's great action sequences.

Ultimate collectors edition.


Disc One & Two: The Movie
• Newly remastered and restored from original 65mm film elements
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
• Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with scene specific comments from Charlton Heston
• Music-only track showcasing Miklos Rozsa's score

Disc Three: Special Features
• Charlton Heston: A Personal Journey (78 min) [HD]
• Ben-Hur: 1925 silent version, from the Thames Television restoration with stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis (143 min)
• 2005 Documentary: Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema--Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott reflect on the importance and influence of the film on modern epics (58 min)
• 1994 Documentary: Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic, hosted by Christopher Plummer (58 min)
• Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures--Audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue
• Screen tests (30 min)
• Vintage newsreels gallery
• Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards ® ceremony
• Theatrical trailer gallery
Release Date: 26 September 2011
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance

Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1959
Main Language: English

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Customer Reviews

The finest epic ever made, even better in Blu-Ray

No wonder it took all the Oscars. A masterpiece that never dates. Jesus giving Judah a drink of water, his mother and sister in a dungeon or that chariot race. Take your pick. I can't imagine any other film lasting three and a half hours and not being considered too long.

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