Home Video Reviews
Released on the advent of Wyler's 100th birthday (he died in 1981) the release is something of a milestone with its beautifully remastered picture and extraordinary special features. Wyler's other classic films include: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Roman Holiday (1953), Jezebel (1938), The Heiress (1949), and Wuthering Heights (1939), many of which can also be found on DVD. Planning a centennial celebration is producer Amy Lehr, Wyler's Granddaughter, who notes that, Ben-Hur won 11 Academy Awards in all - a record that made history. It's a must-see film".
Presented here on one dual-sided disc, in a stunning transfer with glorious color and remastered digital 5.1 surround sound, Ben-Hur is ready for a new generation of to discover. This special edition DVD includes a commentary by Charlton Heston, a documentary on the film entitled, Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic, rare screen test footage of potential and final cast members Leslie Nielson, Cesare Danova and Haya Harareet, the original Overture and Entr'acte music, an on-the-set photo gallery, and other special features.