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A Real Gem, 25 Jan. 2006
This 4-disc special edition of 1959 version of Ben Hur has already been released in Scandinavia. Nothing more to add to the abundance of previous reviews of the film. Also many of the extras have been released with the previous single disc, double sided DVD-version, including the highly informative and entertaining documantary "Ben Hur - The Making of an Epic", covering the history of not only the 1959 version, but that of the original novel, stage productions, and both previous silent versions (1905 and 1925) as well. However, the real gem in this new 4-disc release is the feature-length, beautifully restored 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur with a stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis, which, as far as I know, has never been released in DVD format before. Its presence is not very clearly stated in Amazon.co.uk's list of special features, but there it is, at least in the Scandinavian version of this box set. A real bargain, two great films in the same package, and worth every cent of it.