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Ben-Hur

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ben-Hur
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Experience the visual splendor, thundering action, and towering drama of the record-setting winner of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to his role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race, and a fateful encounter with Jesus Christ. An enduring and spellbinding spectacular.
Publisher: Burbank, Cali. : Warner Home Video, 2012
Edition: 50th Anniversary ed
ISBN: 0780683617
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (212 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Heston, Charlton
Griffith, Hugh 1912-1980
Hawkins, Jack 1910-1973
Warner Home Video (Firm)

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Sep 13, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this movie--in spite of the "Hallmark Christmas Card nativity scene" at the beginning.

The chariot race and maritime battle are my favorites. The symbolism of the crucifixion (Jesus blood spreading through the Earth in the rain) never fails to move me.

Stephen Boyd's performance as Masala should have won the Oscar.

If I could I would give this movie 6 stars.

Aug 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story is powerful enough to withstand the dated and melodramatic treatment and bad acting.

May 01, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An epic on a grand grand scale. Charleton Heston in the best role he's played ,next to Moses. Highlight as has been said countless times, is the chariot race. Splendidly acted with a magnificent cast.

Apr 20, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the greatest epic film ever!

Mar 27, 2014
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, my big screen is not big enough for this movie.

Oct 23, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Now 15% more epic! Man, this movie is long. Cool chariot race though.

Mar 21, 2013
  • pemberely rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this movie and I knew it was special. Old movies aren't usually as grand and life changing as this. It's action packed and daring and revolutionary for the year it was made and the topicit revolves around. It made me want to cry--tells a passionate story about Jesus and the toil of aman who loses everything because he refused to betray his people. Powerful and utterly moving!!!!

Sep 19, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good – Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) 143 min. The 1925 version holds the record for the most expensive silent movie ever made. Lee Wallace’s adapted novel focuses more on the religious aspect of the times as opposed to the remake in 1959. William Wyler, who assisted in direction for this version, went on to fully direct the 1959 version with Charlton Heston. The silent version contains enough variations and fuller sub-plots to make this viewing fresh and not feel repetitive if you’ve already seen the 1959 version. This version focuses on the story of Christ and how this new religion motivates Judas Ben-Hur to deal with the issues at hand. Well made film with highlights of the sea battle and chariot race a must see.

Must See – Ben-Hur (1959) 212 min. This is my favorite of all epic films. Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd, as Judas Ben-Hur and Messala, respectively, are dynamic as childhood friends who become mortal enemies in adulthood. The story of Christ is subdued in this version with more focus on the animosity built up between Ben-Hur and Messala though one scene in particular has never seized to touch me – Jesus giving a cup of water to Ben-Hur despite the Roman guard depriving him of water (this scene was a major improvement from the 1925 silent version). A must-see for all but I’d recommend both versions to be watched to appreciate the full story.

Mar 04, 2008
  • reviewer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Groundbreaking epic film with intelligent script, pioneering special effects, & fascinating dynamics between the two principal male characters, Judah & Messala.

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Jul 27, 2010
  • christilini rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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