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 Post subject: Ben-Hur
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 05:27 
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Havn't seen this flick since i was a kid.

I see there are many versions available on, am i right assuming ML104668 Ben-Hur: 35th Anniversary Edition is the best release on LD?

If so how does it hold up picture wise?
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 Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 07:15 
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To be honest, I have not viewed the domestic Anniversary release.

I have however viewed the late Japanese release [PILF-2351] (March 21 1997) several times.
Pristine letterboxed playback with a musical score so epic for the genre.
Overture, Intermission, and Pendant l'entracte....
Love those periods of still picture or black screen with orchestral music to heed nature call and/or refill popcorn stores......

Do not know if "the best version" however it is one of the latest versions released on LaserDisc from the Holy Isles of Japan.....
A story of the Christ.... epic movie and great book...
Apropos movie for the Holiday Season....

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 Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 07:49 
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Thanks for the reply. I thought that late Japanese one would be a good one also. tbh the Jap subtitles with such a long epic movie would tire on me..
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 Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 14:27 
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My last watch of this was on BD (stellar, btw) and you can tell it had a massive budget with some of the best technology available at the time. Movies like that look great on any format, but do shine on LD (Lawrence of Arabia is incredible for example) so I've been wanting to give this a go on LD myself.
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 Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 19:06 
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Sorry I can only talk about this as I don't own it any longer.

I had a copy of it on LD and it was great at the time, but which one, I have no idea.
It was a USA release but that's about it, no 35th or anything if that helps.

Sort of what gypsy is saying but another thing to add.
These films were super expensive back in the day and when they did release widescreens they tried to make the best release possible as
they are important films in story, history of film making and length.

Just like Lawrence I know they spent a crazy amount of time to restore it back in the day when it first was released by Criterion and also I believe Columbia?

Adding scenes that were cut etc, to get the best version possible.
Sometimes but not always with these epics do they make it better for future releases, unless they rescan or do something new for the film before video.

Nissling would know more about these epics as he does work on them.

But for a noob eye like mine I can't really tell but I can tell what I like or don't like.
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