The Hollywood-produced classic “Ben-Hur” was re-released today on DVD in a four-disc Collectors Edition (available retail nationwide). A small booklet is included, titled Ben-Hur: An Epic Bible Study Into the Transformational Power of God, authored by Rev. Drs. Robert H. Schuller and Robert A. Schuller. The film was based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ written by Christian Lew Wallace while he was Governor of New Mexico. To learn more about Wallace, see the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum Web site.
Director William Wylers epic has been newly remastered from the original 65mm film elements. The DVD now boasts more than 10 hours of extra features including an all-new documentary on the films influence with leading filmmakers including Ridley Scott (“Kingdom of Heaven,” “Gladiator”) and George Lucas (“Star Wars” films), a making-of documentary hosted by Christopher Plummer, scene specific commentary by Charlton Heston, rare screen tests, a reproduction of the original theatrical souvenir program, plus the 1925 silent version of the film with musical score by Carl Davis.
For more details on the DVD collection, see our review of the film.