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From Warner Home Video:
Experience the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting Academy Award-winning film. Charlton Heston, in his Best Actor Oscar-winning role, is 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 fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar-winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.
With 100,000 costumes, 15,000 extras, 300 sets and a $15 million budget that, at the time, was the most expensive in MGMs history, Ben-Hur
is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished Biblical-era epics ever made. Based on Lew Wallaces best-selling novel and adapted by Karl Tunber, Ben-Hur
stars Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell and Sam Jaffe. The film ranks in the top twenty in all-time box office when adjusted for inflation (source: Box Office Mojo).
Heston brings a solid physical and moral presence to the title role of Judah Ben-Hur, and his charismatic performance earned him one of the films 11 Academy Awards (a feat equaled only by Titanic
and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
). In addition to the Best Actor award, Ben-Hur
also captured Oscars for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Griffith).
The movie was filmed in a process known as MGM Camera 65, one of the widest prints ever made, with a width almost three times its height. This allowed for spectacular panoramic shots and bold action sequences. Even by todays standards, Ben-Hur's
now legendary chariot race still astonishes. The lack of computer-generated effects, the visually stunning MGM Camera 65 process, and excellent cinematography all make the scene one of the most memorable in modern cinema.
From The Patriot Resource:
is a Hollywood classic, having been nominated for twelve Oscars and winning eleven in 1960. The film mixed an exploration of Christianity with the action and decadence of the Roman Empire. Ben-Hur
moves throughout the Roman Empire and experiences Pontius Pilate and the Jewish people's decision to allow Jesus Christ's crucificition as well as slavery and chariot racing with a climax in the Roman arena. Ben-Hur is headlined by Charlton Heston (Moses in The Ten Commandments
) in the title role.
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