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post #31 of 458
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post


I have brief comments on the film and DVD thumbnails here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post20329947

-Bill

Thank you
post #32 of 458
I, too, cannot wait for this film (it is and always will be my all-time favorite) and I have to agree, it's a movie lovers dream to see a film with a roadshow presentation. I was lucky enough to see Ben-Hur like that when it was re-issued, I think it was 1980, and saw the restored Lawrence of Arabia at the RKO Theater in New York in 1989. The music, the intermission, the whole larger-than-life movie going experience is thrilling.
post #33 of 458
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I love you guys and hate you at the same time.

Art
post #34 of 458
I've seen Ben Hur, Apocalypse Now, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Lawrence of Arabia on the 80 foot wide IMAX screen at the Cinesphere in Toronto.
post #35 of 458
You suck. :P

Admitted, if Ben-Hur ever showed up at a theater down here in DFW (though with my luck it'd be on a work day) I'd be there with bells on...watching the chariot race on even a good-sized HDTV admittedly wouldn't be the saaaaaame as seeing it wall-sized.
post #36 of 458
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Originally Posted by Bill C. View Post

You suck. :P

Admitted, if Ben-Hur ever showed up at a theater down here in DFW (though with my luck it'd be on a work day) I'd be there with bells on...watching the chariot race on even a good-sized HDTV admittedly wouldn't be the saaaaaame as seeing it wall-sized.

I might join you. But where in DFW would that likely be?
post #37 of 458
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Have to admit Ive never seen this film will definitely give it a go when its released.

I've heard rumors about you guys - i.e., people who have never seen BEN-HUR. I've actually met one or two, but you people are rare (unless you're under 35).

Great movie. Powerful Christ message.
post #38 of 458
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Originally Posted by subavision212 View Post

I, too, cannot wait for this film (it is and always will be my all-time favorite) and I have to agree, it's a movie lovers dream to see a film with a roadshow presentation. I was lucky enough to see Ben-Hur like that when it was re-issued, I think it was 1980, and saw the restored Lawrence of Arabia at the RKO Theater in New York in 1989. The music, the intermission, the whole larger-than-life movie going experience is thrilling.

In NYC Ben-Hur was re released in 70mm(not Ultra Panavision) in 1969. I'm not aware of any other extended release. You saw the restored Lawrence of Arabia in 1989 at the Ziegfeld Theater at which it played for a 4-5 month run.
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I've heard rumors about you guys - i.e., people who have never seen BEN-HUR. I've actually met one or two, but you people are rare (unless you're under 35).

Great movie. Powerful Christ message.

Just wanted to add that you don't have to be religious to thoroughly enjoy this classic. It will have extra meaning to those who are, but you could be a staunch atheist and still enjoy it immensely.
post #40 of 458
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I've heard rumors about you guys - i.e., people who have never seen BEN-HUR. I've actually met one or two, but you people are rare (unless you're under 35).

Great movie. Powerful Christ message.

Curious to know what the rumours are?
post #41 of 458
I was 13 when I saw Ben Hur for the first time, spring 1960, at the Lowes Theatre in New YorK City. The screen was so large I thought I was in the Chariot Race.
post #42 of 458
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Just wanted to add that you don't have to be religious to thoroughly enjoy this classic. It will have extra meaning to those who are, but you could be a staunch atheist and still enjoy it immensely.

I completely agree with you. I see far too often younger film-goers not wanting to see this film (And those like it) because they feel it's simply pushing an agenda. I'm about as far from religious as you can get. But Ben Hur, Ten Commandments, The Robe, etc. are arguably my favorite type of films from that golden age.
post #43 of 458
For its 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition release, the film is being meticulously restored with a newly minted frame-by-frame transfer from the original 65mm negative at a resolution of 6k (six times the resolution of the previous DVD edition).



The Blu-ray release will contain two BD-50 Blu-ray discs (or five DVDs in the standard-definition version shown at the end of this article) and loads of special features including the brand new Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur A Personal Journey -- a feature length documentary chronicling the life of the actor while making the film. The feature is composed of behind-the-scenes footage, rare Heston home movies, and much more.

Other bonuses include: Ben-Hur, A Journey Through Pictures: An audiovisual re-creation assembled using stills, storyboards, sketches, music, dialogue and other archive materials; Ben Hur: The 1925 Silent Film; 2005 Documentary, Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema; 1994 Documentary, Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic; Original Screen Tests; Vintage Newsreel Gallery; Highlights from the 4/4/60 Academy Awards Ceremony; and a Theatrical Trailer Gallery.

Inside the package will also be two collectible books, with the first being "Charlton Heston: The Ben-Hur Diaries" -- an in-depth look at the actor's experiences during filmmaking with personal photos and some of Charlton Heston's sketches.


post #44 of 458
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Curious to know what the rumours are?

I.e., that you exist.

Re: the religious themes of Ben-Hur: The novel (by Civil War General Lew Wallace) is titled: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben-Hur..._of_the_Christ

Jesus is a recurring (though only briefly seen each time, and you never see his face) character in the movie.

But it's true that you can thoroughly enjoy it even if you don't have a Christian bone in your body.

Having now just read the plot summary at the Wikipedia entry, I realize how drastically the movie departs from the book. Wow.

Reading Fight Club spoiled the movie for me, as I realized what they had changed and taken out. I suspect that reading Ben-Hur might have the same result.

I guess "based on" or "derived from" might be the best way to regard novel-based movies.
post #45 of 458
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Originally Posted by jpillar View Post

I was 13 when I saw Ben Hur for the first time, spring 1960, at the Lowes Theatre in New YorK City. The screen was so large I thought I was in the Chariot Race.

Loew's State Theatre..
post #46 of 458
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Have we yet the actual release date ?

Art
post #47 of 458
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Originally Posted by P Ross View Post

Loew's State Theatre..

Thanks for the correction.
post #48 of 458
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Originally Posted by eweiss View Post


I.e., that you exist.

There is quite a few of us that exist.

Better late than never, I'm looking forward to it.
post #49 of 458
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

Have we yet the actual release date ?

Art

I heard 9/27 ... completely unsubstantiated.
post #50 of 458
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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

For its 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition release, the film is being meticulously restored with a newly minted frame-by-frame transfer from the original 65mm negative at a resolution of 6k (six times the resolution of the previous DVD edition).



The Blu-ray release will contain two BD-50 Blu-ray discs (or five DVDs in the standard-definition version shown at the end of this article) and loads of special features including the brand new Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur A Personal Journey -- a feature length documentary chronicling the life of the actor while making the film. The feature is composed of behind-the-scenes footage, rare Heston home movies, and much more.

Other bonuses include: Ben-Hur, A Journey Through Pictures: An audiovisual re-creation assembled using stills, storyboards, sketches, music, dialogue and other archive materials; Ben Hur: The 1925 Silent Film; 2005 Documentary, Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema; 1994 Documentary, Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic; Original Screen Tests; Vintage Newsreel Gallery; Highlights from the 4/4/60 Academy Awards Ceremony; and a Theatrical Trailer Gallery.

Inside the package will also be two collectible books, with the first being "Charlton Heston: The Ben-Hur Diaries" -- an in-depth look at the actor's experiences during filmmaking with personal photos and some of Charlton Heston's sketches.



That looks very good Ill be going for that. I bought the Ten Commandments package which was fantastic also.
post #51 of 458
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Still, the Blu-ray will probably be 2.76:1.

Hope so!!
post #52 of 458
I really hope we get 2.76:1.

This is one of my top five favorites of all time, right up there with Seven Samurai. I love a good lengthy epic film.
post #53 of 458
I would very much like to see this image (and others) full size! Such a small picture that I don't want to start in on discussing the transfer quality... but that does not look like a truly legit before and after comparison.

*waits for more caps*

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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

For its 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition release, the film is being meticulously restored with a newly minted frame-by-frame transfer from the original 65mm negative at a resolution of 6k (six times the resolution of the previous DVD edition).

post #54 of 458
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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

I really hope we get 2.76:1.

me too...

i also hope that we get a "non box of garbage" edition... i just want the disk, please...
post #55 of 458
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post
me too...

i also hope that we get a "non box of garbage" edition... i just want the disk, please...
If they treat it at all like Ten Commandments, you will get your wish.
post #56 of 458
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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

I really hope we get 2.76:1.

This is one of my top five favorites of all time, right up there with Seven Samurai. I love a good lengthy epic film.

Completely agree. Fingers crossed!
post #57 of 458
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I just can't believe that we have the contents of the box etc and no release date yet.

Art
post #58 of 458
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

I just can't believe that we have the contents of the box etc and no release date yet.

Art

You sound like you need a hug. LOL
post #59 of 458
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You sound like you need a hug. LOL



Art
post #60 of 458
The release is only a month away. This usually means we'll be seeing some screen shots soon.


I'm excited about this release!
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