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4-Disc Collector's Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet & Stephen Boyd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features on discs one and two of this four-disc set include commentary by T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston and a music-only track of the entire film. Disc three contains the 143-minute 1925 silent version of the film. Disc four is full of supplements: the 58-minute documentary "Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema"; the 58-minute "Ben-Hur: The Making Of An Epic"; and "Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures," a five-minute featurette of stills, storyboards, sketches, music, and dialogue. There are four screen tests, six vintage newsreels: "Costliest Film Makes Screen History" (one minute), "The Night Ben-Hur Comes To Broadway" (two minutes), "West Coast Welcomes Ben-Hur" (one minute), "VIP Opening: Capital Welcome For Ben-Hur" (one minute), "Japan's Emperor Goes To The Movies" (one minute), and "Oscar

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 67535
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $39.92
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 223
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1959
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/13/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William Wyler
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Carting off 11 Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.73:1 DVD looks gorgeous. For the film

Although much of the Dolby

This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
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