Ben-Hur [videorecording (DVD)] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler.
Contributor(s): Wyler, William | Zimbalist, Sam | Tunberg, Karl | Heston, Charlton | Harareet, Haya | Surtees, Robert | Winters, Ralph E | Wallace, Lew. Ben-Hur | Hawkins, Jack | Boyd, Stephen | Griffith, Hugh | Scott, Martha | O'Donnell, Cathy | Jaffe, Sam | Currie, Finlay | Thring, Frank | Longdon, Terence | Relph, George | Morell, André | Dunning, John D. (John Daniel) | Rózsa, Miklós | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | Warner Home Video (Firm).Material type: Visual materialPublisher: Neutral Bay, N.S.W. : Warner Home Video, 2005Edition: Four-disc collector's edition.Description: 4 videodiscs (222 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: two-dimensional moving image Media type: video Carrier type: videodiscSubject(s): Jesus Christ -- Drama | Chariot racing -- Drama | DVD-Video discs | Holy Roman Empire -- History -- DramaGenre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired. | Feature films. | Religious films.DDC classification: DVD - BEN
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Based on the novel by Lew Wallace.
Originally released as two motion pictures in 1925 and 1959.
Special features: Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with scene-specific comments from Charlton Heston; new digital transfer from restored 65MM elements; music-only track; Disc 3: the 1925 feature-length silent version of 'Ben-Hur with a stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis. Disc 4: 2005 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The epic that changed cinema'; current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the film; 1994 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The making of an epic' hosted by Christopher Plummer; 'Directed by William Wyler' the 1986 Emmy Award-nominated documentary featuring the last interview with Wyler before his death; 'Ben-Hur: A journey through pictures' a new audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue; screen tests: Leslie Nielsen and Cesare Danova, Leslie Nielsen and Yale Wexler, George Baker and William Russel; highlights from the 4/4/1960 Academy Awards ceremony; vintage newsreels gallery; theatrical trailer gallery.
Director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; art director, Edward Carfagno, William A. Horning ; editors, John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters ; music, Miklós Rózsa ; costume designer, Elizabeth Haffenden.
Director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; art director, Edward Carfagno, William A. Horning ; editors, John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters ; music, Miklos Rozsa ; costume designer, Elizabeth Haffenden.
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, André Morell.
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, Andre Morell.
Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish nobleman from a prominent who is reunited with his childhood friend Messala. Messala returns to Judea as a Roman tribune. There is a genuine friendship between the two men, yet the clash of their cultures drives a wedge between them. That wedge finally drives Messala to banish Judah to the slave galleys and sends his mother and his sister to prison. From that point forward, Judah's life becomes a quest: a quest to survive and a quest for vengeance. Judah survives the galleys to become the adopted son of a Roman general, and his triumphant return to Judea permits him to challenge and subsequently confront Messala in a chariot race.
Rated PG: Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains low level violence.
Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Contains low level violence.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
DVD, dual layer, Region 4, widescreen (2.76:1) and full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Closed-captioned in English and Italian for the hearing impaired.
English, French or Italian dialogue with optional Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Romanian or Bulgarian subtitles (1959 feature film only).
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