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Ben-Hur(1959)

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Audiences enthralled by 2000 Oscar nominee Gladiator will have another champion to cheer on March 14, when director William Wyler's Oscar Winner Ben-Hur (1959) makes its DVD debut. An obvious inspiration for Ridley Scott's epic, Ben-Hur was the biggest budgeted film of all time when originally released and created a huge impact that still reverberates through the entertainment world today--especially the lengthy, climactic chariot race, easily one of the most exciting scenes in cinema history.

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.