HDD Cool Stuff: 'Ben-Hur' Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive w/Figurine

Posted Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT by

The Charlton Heston classic is one of the best releases of the year and there's an exclusive version available only at Best Buy.

Warner Brothers is releasing 'Ben-Hur' this week, and Best Buy has an exclusive version that also includes a figurine.

Directed by William Wyler, the winner of 11 Oscars (including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture) tells the tale of a Jewish prince (Charlton Heston) who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend and not only regains his freedom, but also comes back for revenge.

The Blu-ray release contains 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 are 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. A second book is packed with rare photographs, production artwork, and reproductions from the original theatrical press book.

Pricing on the Best Buy edition is $59.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Ben-Hur: Ultimate Collector's Edition' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under September 27.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
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