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Old 03-28-2016, 01:18 PM   #1521
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Watched mine yesterday too. Love everything right down to the 2:76 aspect ratio. I like 'em wide !!!


Hateful Eight will be here today too ( out for delivery ).
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Old 03-28-2016, 02:16 PM   #1522
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The ultra-wide aspect is very impressive, yep. It felt weird putting on Disc 2 and having the 'full screen' menu come up, it made my screen seem 3x as big after two and a bit hours of widescreen goodness.

I know people criticised QT for using UP70 on H8 which is apparently mostly dialogue scenes, but you can see the same 'stage like' use of the format in Ben-Hur. It's not just about chariot races and expansive vistas as there are several shots in the quieter scenes which go on for minutes at a time and you can really soak up the performances and sets.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:22 PM   #1523
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I saw this on the big screen recently. It was amazing. The chariot race could've been filmed yesterday.
At probably 10 times the cost! :V
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:56 PM   #1524
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At probably 10 times the cost! :V
This might be one of those rare times where it actually cost more then, than it would now. The scene is said to cost about $4 million to make, which is equivalent to about $33 million in today's money
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:56 PM   #1525
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Yep. I hate to stick the boot into CG because it's a terrific tool when handled correctly, but I don't think we'll see a chariot race on-screen that's as wonderfully real and visceral as that ever again. It's one of the most thrilling action scenes in all of cinema IMO and is still wince-inducing to this day.
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Old 04-22-2016, 06:07 PM   #1526
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I recently obtained the Diamond Luxe Edition, and briefly sampled the movie.

Wow, it is a great looking and sounding transfer.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:07 PM   #1527
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The UCE looks nice but I'm tired of big box sets and swag. Was going to go for the standard 2-disc set in a keepcase but now I'm not sure if I should go for the 3-disc set in the UK. What are people's thoughts on the 1925 silent version?
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:11 PM   #1528
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What are people's thoughts on the 1925 silent version?
Do you mean in terms of the quality of the film itself or of the transfer?

If the former, it is a marvelous epic--one of the classics of silent cinema if for nothing else than its scope, story, and of course the chariot scene.
If the latter, it's an SD transfer so the quality is limited. That said, it still looks significantly better than any previous versions that I've owned (Laserdisc, VHS, etc.).

I would definitely pick this up!
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:36 AM   #1529
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Do you mean in terms of the quality of the film itself or of the transfer?

If the former, it is a marvelous epic--one of the classics of silent cinema if for nothing else than its scope, story, and of course the chariot scene.
If the latter, it's an SD transfer so the quality is limited. That said, it still looks significantly better than any previous versions that I've owned (Laserdisc, VHS, etc.).

I would definitely pick this up!
Thanks, I meant the movie, but it's nice to hear about the transfer quality too! Hmm, I really wanted to just go for the standard 2-disc for $10 (I think) at Walmart, but I feel I'll regret it now. I just don't like ratings logos on the front. Silly I know, another great movie is more important than packaging.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:49 AM   #1530
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You can't go wrong with the original version, mate.
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:33 PM   #1531
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:45 PM   #1532
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I have never seen this movie. What is the best and cheapest option to buy this?
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:50 PM   #1533
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I have never seen this movie. What is the best and cheapest option to buy this?
Well the standard two-disc Blu-ray is only $10.49 on Amazon, a steal for what you're getting.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #1534
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I have never seen this movie. What is the best and cheapest option to buy this?
This Diamond Luxe edition gets you all the extras:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ben-Hur-Blu-ray/106655/

Or if you mainly just want the movie, then just grt this one

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ben-Hur-Blu-ray/30497/
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:59 PM   #1535
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I was hoping to find it at a store but I might not be able too.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:08 PM   #1536
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I have never seen this movie. What is the best and cheapest option to buy this?
This region-free three-disc UK edition of Ben Hur has all of the trimmings for a fair price, and it's housed in an Amaray case.

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I was hoping to find it at a store but I might not be able too.
I've seen the basic DVD at Wal-Mart a lot.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:42 PM   #1538
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I've seen the basic DVD at Wal-Mart a lot.
Ill check there today thanks
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:16 PM   #1539
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I was hoping to find it at a store but I might not be able too.
I got the diamond luxe edition from Barnes & Noble, a few months back. It's a thing of beauty.
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:18 PM   #1540
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I still don't own this movie... missed my chance to pick up the Diamond Luxe at BB back when it first came out, I just didn't like that the third disc was in a sleeve instead of its own slot. Will probably settle for a cheap copy of the standard vanilla release next time I come across one. Never been a HUGE fan of this movie (it's good, I just don't have some passionate fire for it), but I wanna own that chariot sequence.
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