Ben-Hur - D BENH
MGM/UA (1959)
Adventure, History, Romance
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212 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 2   PG (Parental Guidance)
Charlton Heston Judah Ben-Hur
Stephen Boyd Messala
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet Esther
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Miriam
Cathy O'Donnell Tirzah
Sam Jaffe Simonides
Terence Longdon Drusus
Finlay Currie Balthasar/Narrator
André Morell Sextus
George Relph Tiberius Caesar
Frank Thring Pontius Pilate
Vincente Minnelli
William Wyler
Producer William Wyler
Sam Zimbalist
Writer Karl Tunberg
Lew Wallace
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Musician Miklós Rózsa

A wealthy young Jew, Ben Hur grows up with a Roman friend named Marcellus. Marcellus is ambitious for power and glory. When a Roman soldier is accidentally injured by Ben Hur’s sister, Marcellus has the family thrown into prison. Ben Hur becomes a galley slave, but by amazing providence, saves the life of a Roman admiral who adopts him. Now rich and powerful himself, Ben Hur returns to Jerusalem for revenge. He defeats Marcellus in a chariot race, and Marcellus is killed in a spectacular crash. But Ben Hur’s revenge is hollow, for he discovers that his sister and mother are dying of leprosy. Ben Hur’s life changes when their illness is cured through the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Edition Details
Edition Collector's Edition
Distributor Warner Home Video
Release Date 13/02/2006
Packaging Custom Case
Subtitles Arabic; Bulgarian; Dutch; English; French; Italian; Romanian; Spanish
No. of Disks/Tapes 4
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Disc 01 Disc One and Two: The Movie Newly Remastered and Restored from Original 65mm Film Elements. Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Scene Specific Comments from Charlton Heston. Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa's Score. Screen Tests. Vintage Newsreels Gallery. Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards Ceremony. Theatrical Trailer Gallery. Disc Three: The 1925 Silent Version The Thames Television Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Composer Carl Davis. Disc Four: About the Movies New 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. Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures - New audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue.