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Ben Hur - The Complete Series [DVD] [2010]

Joseph Morgan , Stephen Campbell Moore    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Kristin Kreuk, Alex Kingston, Marc Warren
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In this new adaptation of the colossal classic, Ben Hur the mini-series delivers more action, passion and revenge than ever before. The timeless story follows two friends who become bitter enemies and the historic events of the time as told through the eyes of Judah Ben-Hur. Born a wealthy Jewish merchant's son, he is destined to live many lives: a powerful businessman, a dutiful slave, a fierce gladiator, a Roman nobleman, and finally...a conquering hero. This extraordinary adventure-filled saga is the historic epic for a new generation.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I watched this over the Christmas period (2011) on TV. If you've seen the Heston version, you'll know the story. But this version has just enough variations to make it interesting. Please watch this without preconceived ideas. It's not the Heston version, but that's not to say it's bad.

The main characters do a commendable job when you consider that the Heston version is a renowned "classic" of the cinema and this version had nothing like the budget of that film.

I thought the confrontational scenes between the main characters were excellent and the major scenes (the lost of the slave-rowed ship at sea and the chariot race) were well done. I particularly liked the opening scenes where the viewer learns (just a little) more of the relationship between Judah and Messala as children.

This version is much nearer to the book's more religious approach to forgiveness than the Heston film, but equally, the meetings (and their results) between Judah and Christ are treated in a far different fashion.

Well worth a watch and, at this price, good value. I've already pre-booked my copy of the DVD for when it's issued (30 Jan 2012)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur without the carpenter 1 Jan 2012
The 2010 mini-series "Ben Hur" isn't bad, as light Friday night entertainment goes. Still, "Ben Hur" without the Christ seems very strange indeed. OK, Jesus isn't entirely absent from the story, but he plays a much less central role than he should (except for 10 minutes at the very end). Instead, Judah Ben Hur seems more interested in harlots. And I don't mean Mary Magdalene, LOL. Some of the actors are superb, others feel bland, and the story doesn't grip the viewer as the movie with Charlton Heston did. Part of me only wants to give this "Ben Hur" two stars, but in the end, I'll nevertheless give it three.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE
I quite enjoy these TV miniseries based on Greek and Roman history and mythology although I seldom feel any compulsion to watch them a second time. As I had occasion to observe in an Amazon review of Hercules, the production values are often quite decent but their Achilles heel (if you'll excuse the classical allusion) is usually the indifferent casting and I found this TV Ben-Hur to be no exception. I had rather high expectations to begin with as I noted that Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame was in the cast and I assumed, wrongly as it turned out, that he would play the aristocratic naval commander Quintus Arrius who adopts Judah Ben-Hur. He actually plays, none too convincingly, a less than aristocratic-sounding Pontius Pilate. But my heart really sank when Arrius made his appearance played by none other than husky-voiced cockney bruiser Ray Winstone mumbling his dialogue and swallowing his glottal stops. It's the most egregious piece of miscasting I've yet seen in one of these miniseries. The rest of the casting is simply ho-hum with hardly a Mediterrranean or semitic-looking face in sight and with nearly all the main protagonists looking and sounding very 21st century British. And the guy playing Jesus has all the charisma of an ageing hippy. In fairness to the actors they have to contend with some clunking dialogue: "There was another set-to at the Joppa gate" and "Are you covetous of my position" being two examples (when the Jewish rebels are having their conflabs you may be reminded more than once of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 May 2014
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As a fan of the orginal Ben Hur, I worried that this would not live up to the original. I was wrong. Joseph Morgan was extremely convincing as Judah Ben Hur, although younger than Heston; his portrayal was both believable and moving. The rest of the cast too shine and for those of you telly addicts out there, many of them are very recognizable. We have Kristin Kreuk as Tirzah (Hur's younger sister), Alex Kingston as Ruth (Hur's mother), Ray Winstone playing Quitus Arius (complete with cockney accent), Ben Cross as Tiberius Caesur and Hugh Bonnerville as Pontius Pilate. Those of you who watch Lost Girl and Revenge (Emily Vancamp) will also notice some stars that you may recognise.
The plot it itself differs a little from the original too, Messala Judah's childhood friend is portrayed a little more sympathetically here as the bastard son of a Roman senator, who is suitably callous towards him. We also get to see Judah and Messala as children, showing the bond that was formed between them.


When Messala returns as an adult to greet hischildhood friend, he asks for is assistance in keeping order in Judah. Judah Ben Hur, is a Jew and as such his allegeance lies with his people. Nevertheless, he still wishes to keep the peace and help his friend if he can. The problem is that one of his employees is a zealot (a radical Jew) determined to cause a scene when the new Roman Governor arrives. When a tile falls from the roof of Judah's house hitting the senator his fate and those of his family and companions are sealed. Pilate orders him crucified and his mother and sister garotted. His future wife's elderly father is crucified and Judah's sentence is commuted by Messala to life in the gallies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BEN HUR

Published 2 months ago by EZ21491660
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur's life
This is the TV series and as good as it is, it still is not as good as the original with Charlton Heston.
Published 3 months ago by P. R. Bryson
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I bought this dvd as a gift for my sister. She loves it and says it came straight away, she was really impressed
Published 4 months ago by jade haden
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this when I watched it on the telly
The only reason I bought this was because I enjoyed the eye candy provided by the guy who plays Ben Hur. It was cheap. What's not to like?
Published 6 months ago by Keith Winestein
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Love this remake of the film, and likewise love Joseph Morgan, I believe he is a fantastic actor, which may be a bias review as he is from Wales, other than that the DVD was great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by AnnieCymru1993
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
To my mind the narrative and the acting are both superior to William Wyler's 1959 film in which I always found the acting stodgy esp ( I have to say) Heston. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ian Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars another version
not as well made as the 1959 version.the pilate person is distorted.
actually he found no fault in jesus and wanted him released. Read more
Published 12 months ago by pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Ben hur
I watched half the film on TV and missed the start of it and when i seen it on amazon and at a great price. I had to get it and it helps it has Joseph Morgan in it too.
Published 14 months ago by Ms. T. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur
I enjoyed this production, but the one with Charlton Heston was so iconic it was difficult to stop making comparisons. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Silverbox
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Published 16 months ago by mrs tracey gilbert
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