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Classic Cinema

The 1959 film from William Wyler, which won 11 Oscars including best picture, will have remastered DVD and Blu-ray editions with plenty of extras.

September 26, 2011
  • Charlton Heston in "Ben Hur."
Charlton Heston in "Ben Hur." (AFP/Getty Images )

William Wyler's 1959 epic, "Ben-Hur," which dominated the Academy Awards in winning 11 Oscars, including best film, director, actor (Charlton Heston) and supporting actor (Hugh Griffith), is getting the superstar treatment in Warner's 50th-anniversary ultimate collection edition arriving Tuesday in both regular DVD and Blu-ray.

Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, the period drama revolves around Judah Ben-Hur (Heston), a Palestinian nobleman who is enslaved by the Romans, engages in one of the most thrilling chariot races ever captured on screen, and even encounters Jesus Christ.

The film was restored from the original 65mm camera negative and digitally remastered. Among the extras on the three-disc set are the new feature-length documentary "Charlton Heston & Ben Hur: A Personal Journey," highlights from the 1960 Oscar telecast, and the 1925 silent version starring Ramon Novarro.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 53 words Type of Material: Correction
"Ben-Hur": A Sept. 26 Calendar section article about a new DVD and Blu-ray release of the 1959 film "Ben-Hur" described the title character, played by Charlton Heston, as a Palestinian nobleman. The character Ben-Hur was a Jew from Judea who lived long before the place now known as Palestine was given that name.

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