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release date: Jun 11, 2002
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Ben Hur - Limited Edition Collectors DVD Box Set [Import]
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
Special Features
Stunning and sleek, the new Diamond Luxe 2 disc packaging for the modern collector · Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston · Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa's Award-Winning Score · Theatrical Trailers
Product details
RatedG (General Audience)
DirectorsWilliam Wyler
ManufacturerSunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE) / Creative Design Art
List price$100.55

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