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The Resource Ben-Hur, presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay by Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler, (videorecording)

Ben-Hur, presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay by Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler, (videorecording)

Label
Ben-Hur
Title
Ben-Hur
Statement of responsibility
presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay by Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
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
Member of
Awards note
  • National Film Registry selection, 2004 (1959 version). National Film Registry selection, 1997 (1925 version)
  • Academy Award, 1960: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Heston); Best Supporting Actor (Griffith); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Cinematography, Color; Best Costume Design, Color; Best Effects, Special Effects; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Sound
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
  • Ben-Hur (Motion picture : 1959)
  • Ben-Hur (Motion picture : 1925)
Language note
  • 1959 version: In English or dubbed French, with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
  • 1925 version: Silent film with English intertitles and musical accompaniment
PerformerNote
  • Cast for 1959 version: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe
  • Cast for 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
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1902-1981
  • 1910-1973
  • 1931-
  • 1931-1977
  • 1912-1980
  • 1914-2003
  • 1925-1970
  • 1891-1984
  • 1874-1948
  • 1899-1968
  • 1883-1966
  • 1901-1984
  • 1906-1971
  • 1877-1966
  • 1827-1905
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Wyler, William
  • Tunberg, Karl
  • Heston, Charlton
  • Hawkins, Jack
  • Harareet, Haya
  • Boyd, Stephen
  • Griffith, Hugh
  • Scott, Martha
  • O'Donnell, Cathy
  • Jaffe, Sam
  • Niblo, Fred
  • Novarro, Ramon
  • Bushman, Francis X.
  • McAvoy, May
  • Bronson, Betty
  • McDowell, Clare
  • Wallace, Lew
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Turner Entertainment Co
  • Thames Television, ltd
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
Runtime
365
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slaves
  • Jesus Christ
  • Judaea (Region)
  • Rome
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Chariot racing
Technique
live action
Label
Ben-Hur, presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay by Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Based on the novel: Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ / by General Lew Wallace
  • Special features (disc 1 & 2): optional audio commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher, with scene-specific comments from Charlton Heston; music-only track
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Contents
  • Discs 1 (141 min.) & 2 (81 min.): Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ (c1959, 2.76:1 format, col., 222 min.) / presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; screen play by Karl Tunberg ; music by Miklos Rózsa ; director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; film editors, Ralph E. Winters, John D. Dunning ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; directed by William Wyler --
  • Disc 3. Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ [Thames Silents version, c1988] (c1925, 1.33:1 format, b&w, 143 min.) / Thames Television and Turner Entertainment Co. present ; new orchestral score by Carl Davis ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in arrangement with Abraham L. Erlanger, Charles B. Dillingham and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. ; directed by Fred Niblo ; adaptation by June Mathis ; produced from the scenario of Carey Wilson ; photography by Rene Guissart ... [et al.] ; film editor, Lloyd Nosler ; a Thames Television presentation for Channel Four, in association with Turner Entertainment Co. --
  • Disc 4: Bonus features (182 min.). "Ben-Hur : the epic that changed cinema" documentary (c2005, 58 min.) / produced and directed by Gary Leva ; edited by Anne Erikson ; Leva Filmworks, Inc. -- "Ben-Hur : the making of an epic" documentary (c1993, 58 min.) / narrated by Christopher Plummer ; produced and directed by Scott Benson ; written and co-produced by Mary Adair Kaiser ; edited by Allison Marks ; Turner Entertainment Co. -- "Ben-Hur : a journey through pictures" featurette (5 min.) -- Screen tests for Leslie Nielsen & Cesare Danova (7 min.), Leslie Nielsen & Yale Wexler (11 min.), George Baker & William Russell (5 min.) and Haya Harareet (5 min.) -- 6 vintage newsreels (9 min. total) -- Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony (10 min.) -- 5 theatrical trailers (14 min. total)
Control code
ocm61281771
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Four-disc collector's ed.
Extent
4 videodiscs (365 min.)
Isbn
9781419810794
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
012569675353
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
67535
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781419810794
  • (Sirsi) i9781419810794
System details
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1 surround
Terms governing use
For private home use only.
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Ben-Hur, presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay by Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • Based on the novel: Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ / by General Lew Wallace
  • Special features (disc 1 & 2): optional audio commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher, with scene-specific comments from Charlton Heston; music-only track
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Contents
  • Discs 1 (141 min.) & 2 (81 min.): Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ (c1959, 2.76:1 format, col., 222 min.) / presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; screen play by Karl Tunberg ; music by Miklos Rózsa ; director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; film editors, Ralph E. Winters, John D. Dunning ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; directed by William Wyler --
  • Disc 3. Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ [Thames Silents version, c1988] (c1925, 1.33:1 format, b&w, 143 min.) / Thames Television and Turner Entertainment Co. present ; new orchestral score by Carl Davis ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in arrangement with Abraham L. Erlanger, Charles B. Dillingham and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. ; directed by Fred Niblo ; adaptation by June Mathis ; produced from the scenario of Carey Wilson ; photography by Rene Guissart ... [et al.] ; film editor, Lloyd Nosler ; a Thames Television presentation for Channel Four, in association with Turner Entertainment Co. --
  • Disc 4: Bonus features (182 min.). "Ben-Hur : the epic that changed cinema" documentary (c2005, 58 min.) / produced and directed by Gary Leva ; edited by Anne Erikson ; Leva Filmworks, Inc. -- "Ben-Hur : the making of an epic" documentary (c1993, 58 min.) / narrated by Christopher Plummer ; produced and directed by Scott Benson ; written and co-produced by Mary Adair Kaiser ; edited by Allison Marks ; Turner Entertainment Co. -- "Ben-Hur : a journey through pictures" featurette (5 min.) -- Screen tests for Leslie Nielsen & Cesare Danova (7 min.), Leslie Nielsen & Yale Wexler (11 min.), George Baker & William Russell (5 min.) and Haya Harareet (5 min.) -- 6 vintage newsreels (9 min. total) -- Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony (10 min.) -- 5 theatrical trailers (14 min. total)
Control code
ocm61281771
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Four-disc collector's ed.
Extent
4 videodiscs (365 min.)
Isbn
9781419810794
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
012569675353
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
67535
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781419810794
  • (Sirsi) i9781419810794
System details
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1 surround
Terms governing use
For private home use only.
Video recording format
DVD

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