Ben-Hur-50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

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Studio Warner
SKU 228541764
UPC 883929209453
UPC 14 00883929209453
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Ancient World
Based On A Novel
Bible Epic
Classic
Epic
Essential Cinema
Period Piece
Recommended
Religion
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary William Wyler's biblical epic is a production of unheard-of scale, exhibiting the work of literally tens of thousands of people. The film tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Judean prince who as a galley slave saves the life of a Roman nobleman, changing his life forever. The 1880 novel by Lew Wallace had previously been filmed to great acclaim in 1927 with Ramon Navarro.
Reviews
Variety "...William Wyler's 1959 Roman drama still has a self-confidence and sheer scope that's jaw-dropping..." 03/05/2001 p.42
Premiere "[H]istorically significant and fascinating." 10/01/2005 p.126
Directors
William Wyler
Actors
Charlton Heston
Cast & Crew
Terence Longdon - Star
Jack Hawkins - Star
Frank Thring - Star
George Relph - Star
Andre Morell - Star
Charlton Heston - Star
Stephen Boyd - Star
Cathy O'Donnell - Star
Martha Scott - Star
Finlay Currie - Star
Haya Harareet - Star
Sam Jaffe - Star
Hugh Griffith - Star
Andrew Marton - Assistant Director
Elizabeth Haffenden - Costume Designer
Robert MacDonald - Special Effects
A. Arnold Gillespie - Special Effects
Lew Wallace - Source Writer
Miklos Rozsa - Composer
John D. Dunning - Editor
William A. Horning - Production Designer
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
Karl Tunberg - Writer
Edward C. Carfagno - Production Designer
Ralph E. Winters - Editor
William Wyler - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929209453
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 222 minutes
Awards
Name Hugh Griffith
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Charlton Heston
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name William Wyler
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name John D. Dunning
Award Category Best Film Editing
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Ralph E. Winters
Award Category Best Film Editing
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Miklos Rozsa
Award Category Best Original Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Robert Surtees
Award Category Best Cinematography
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1959
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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