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Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ

Main Title: Ben-Hur [videorecording] : a tale of the Christ / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; screen play by Karl Tunberg ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; directed by William Wyler

Published/Created: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©2005

Description: 4 videodiscs (365 min.) : sd., color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet [32] pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm)

Notes: Based on the novel: Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ / by General Lew Wallace. Special features: Disc 1 & 2. Commentary by T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston; Music-only track. Disc 4. "Ben-Hur : the epic that changed cinema" featurette; "Ben-Hur : the making of an epic" featurette; "Ben-Hur : a journey through pictures" featurette; Screen tests (Leslie Nielsen, Cesare Danova, Yale Wexler, George Baker, William Russell, Hay Harareet); Vintage newsreels (Costliest film makes screen history, The night Ben-Hur comes to Broadway, West Coast welcomes Ben-Hur, VIP opening: capital welcome for Ben-Hur, Japan's emperor goes to the movies, Oscar likes Ben-Hur); "Highlights from 4/4/1960 Academy Awards Ceremony"; Theatrical trailers. Booklet: "The story of the making of Ben Hur" reprinted promotional material about the 1959 film

Performer(s): Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, Andre´ Morell. 1925 version: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Claire McDowell, Kathleen Key, Carmel Myers, Nigel de Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Leo White, Frank Currier, Charles Belcher, Dale Fuller, Winter Hall

Credits: Music by Miklos Rozsa ; director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; additional photography, Harold E. Wellman and Pietro Portalupi ; art directors, William A. Horning and Edward Carfagno ; set decorations, Hugh Hunt ; special photographic effects, A. Arnold Gillespie, Lee LeBlanc and Robert R. Hoag ; film editors, Ralph E. Winters, John D. Dunning ; recording supervisor, Franklin Milton ; costumes designed by Elizabeth Haffenden. 1925 version: Music by Carl Davis ; continuity by Carey Wilson and Bess Meredyth ; directorial associates, Alfred L. Raboch and Reeves Eason ; photography by Rene Guissart, Karl Struss, Percy Hilburn, Clyde DeVinna ; art effects by Ferdinand P. Earle ; settings by Cedric Gibbons and Horace Jackson ; titles by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell ; film editor, Lloyd Nosler ; assistant director, Charles Stallings ; costumes by Theaterkunst Hermann J. Kaufmann

Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; screen play by Karl Tunberg ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; directed by William Wyler (222 min., c1959) -- Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ / Thames Television and Turner Entertainment Co. present Thames silents ; Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; controlled by Loew's Incorporated ; produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in arrangement with Abraham L. Erlanger, Charles B. Dillingham and Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. ; directed by Fred Niblo ; adapted by June Mathis ; produced from the scenario of Carey Wilson (143 min., c1925) -- Ben Hur : the epic that changed cinema / produced and directed by Gary Leva ; edited by Anne Erikson ; Leva FilmWorks, Inc. (58 min., c2005) -- Ben-Hur : the making of an epic / narrated by Christopher Plummer ; produced and directed by Scott Benson ; written and co-produced by May Adair Kaiser ; edited by Allison Marks ; Turner Home Entertainement (58 min., c1993)

Summary: Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish nobleman from a prominent family who is reunited with his childhood friend Messala. Messala returns to Judea as a Roman tribune. There is a genuine friendship between the two men, yet the clash of their cultures drives a wedge between them. That wedge finally drives Messala to banish Judah to the slave galleys and sends his mother and his sister to prison. From that point forward, Judah's life becomes a quest: a quest to survive and a quest for vengeance. Judah survives the galleys to become the adopted son of a Roman general, and his triumphant return to Judea permits him to challenge and subsequently confront Messala in a chariot race

Subject: Slaves -- Italy -- Rome -- Drama.
Subject: Jesus Christ -- Drama.
Subject: Bible. -- New Testament -- History of Biblical events -- Drama.
Subject: Judaea (Region) -- Drama.
Subject: Rome -- History -- Tiberius, 14-37 -- Drama.
Subject: Holy Roman Empire -- History -- Drama.
Subject: Chariot racing -- Drama.

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4 videodiscs (365 min.) : sd., color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet [32] pages : color
©2005,  2005, Warner Home Video , Burbank, CA
Distributed by Warner Bros. Home Video
AV Material ID 1000013573
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