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Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)

Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)
Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)
Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)
Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)

Ben-Hur (Blu-ray)

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SKU: 1000183027

Synopsis: This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards. Adapted by Karl Tunberg and a raft of uncredited writers including Gore Vidal and Maxwell Anderson, the film once more recounts the tale of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who lives in Judea with his family during the time that Jesus Christ was becoming known for his "radical" teachings. Ben-Hur's childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) is now an ambitious Roman tribune; when Ben-Hur refuses to help Messala round up local dissidents on behalf of the emperor, Messala pounces on the first opportunity to exact revenge on his onetime friend. Tried on a trumped-up charge of attempting to kill the provincial governor (whose head was accidentally hit by a falling tile), Ben-Hur is condemned to the Roman galleys, while his mother (Martha Scott) and sister (Cathy O'Donnell) are imprisoned. But during a sea battle, Ben-Hur saves the life of commander Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins), who, in gratitude, adopts Ben-Hur as his son and gives him full control over his stable of racing horses. Ben-Hur never gives up trying to find his family or exact revenge on Messala. At crucial junctures in his life, he also crosses the path of Jesus, and each time he benefits from it. The highlight of the film's 212 minutes is its now-legendary chariot race, staged largely by stunt expert Yakima Canutt. Ben-Hur's Oscar haul included Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for Heston, and Best Supporting Actor for Welsh actor Hugh Griffith as an Arab sheik.

Content:

Disc One & Two: The Movie
Newly remastered and restored from original 65mm film elements
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.76:1
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: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

NOTE:This product does not come with a slip case. It includes 3 discs only.
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Region Code: B (UK & Europe)
Cert: PG
Format: Blu-ray

SKU: 1000183027

Ordering Information:

U.S. HOLIDAY Delivery: Please use the following guide for shipping deadlines to receive your order by December 24th. We and our shipping partners will do our best during this busy holiday season!

  • Standard or Economy Delivery: Order by Dec. 8
  • Expedited Delivery: Order by Dec. 15

For more details, please view our Shipping Policy here.

U.K. HOLIDAY Delivery: Please use the following guide for delivery deadlines to receive your order by December 24th. We and our delivery partners will do our best during this busy holiday season!

  • Standard or Economy Delivery: Order by Dec. 13
  • Expedited Delivery: Order by Dec. 17

For more details, please view our Delivery Policy here.

This "Fast Ship" item ships faster than most! It typically ships 1 business day after you place your order.

  • Return Policy: We will gladly accept returns for any reason within 30 days of receipt of delivery.
  • Delivery: Ship times quoted in checkout are estimates of time in transit after your product leaves the fulfillment center. Some items in your order may ship separately to arrive faster.
  • Multi-item Orders: Expedited shipping options are not available in the checkout for multi-item orders that include Fast Ship items AND products that are not noted as Fast Ship.
  • Availability: Ships within the United Kingdom.
  • Delivery Policy: For more information, see our Shipping Policy here.

Product Details

Synopsis: This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards. Adapted by Karl Tunberg and a raft of uncredited writers including Gore Vidal and Maxwell Anderson, the film once more recounts the tale of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who lives in Judea with his family during the time that Jesus Christ was becoming known for his "radical" teachings. Ben-Hur's childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) is now an ambitious Roman tribune; when Ben-Hur refuses to help Messala round up local dissidents on behalf of the emperor, Messala pounces on the first opportunity to exact revenge on his onetime friend. Tried on a trumped-up charge of attempting to kill the provincial governor (whose head was accidentally hit by a falling tile), Ben-Hur is condemned to the Roman galleys, while his mother (Martha Scott) and sister (Cathy O'Donnell) are imprisoned. But during a sea battle, Ben-Hur saves the life of commander Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins), who, in gratitude, adopts Ben-Hur as his son and gives him full control over his stable of racing horses. Ben-Hur never gives up trying to find his family or exact revenge on Messala. At crucial junctures in his life, he also crosses the path of Jesus, and each time he benefits from it. The highlight of the film's 212 minutes is its now-legendary chariot race, staged largely by stunt expert Yakima Canutt. Ben-Hur's Oscar haul included Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for Heston, and Best Supporting Actor for Welsh actor Hugh Griffith as an Arab sheik.

Content:

Disc One & Two: The Movie
Newly remastered and restored from original 65mm film elements
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.76:1
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: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

NOTE:This product does not come with a slip case. It includes 3 discs only.
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Region Code: B (UK & Europe)
Cert: PG
Format: Blu-ray

Ordering Information

Ordering Information:

U.S. HOLIDAY Delivery: Please use the following guide for shipping deadlines to receive your order by December 24th. We and our shipping partners will do our best during this busy holiday season!

  • Standard or Economy Delivery: Order by Dec. 8
  • Expedited Delivery: Order by Dec. 15

For more details, please view our Shipping Policy here.

U.K. HOLIDAY Delivery: Please use the following guide for delivery deadlines to receive your order by December 24th. We and our delivery partners will do our best during this busy holiday season!

  • Standard or Economy Delivery: Order by Dec. 13
  • Expedited Delivery: Order by Dec. 17

For more details, please view our Delivery Policy here.

This "Fast Ship" item ships faster than most! It typically ships 1 business day after you place your order.

  • Return Policy: We will gladly accept returns for any reason within 30 days of receipt of delivery.
  • Delivery: Ship times quoted in checkout are estimates of time in transit after your product leaves the fulfillment center. Some items in your order may ship separately to arrive faster.
  • Multi-item Orders: Expedited shipping options are not available in the checkout for multi-item orders that include Fast Ship items AND products that are not noted as Fast Ship.
  • Availability: Ships within the United Kingdom.
  • Delivery Policy: For more information, see our Shipping Policy here.