Ben-Hur: some quick notes on the Blu-Ray bonus features

benhur-cover-bluray-exclusive-a

Ben-Hur is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. My take on the film hasn’t changed much since I wrote my review — if anything, I was even more struck by the casually anachronistic dialogue this time (“Wow,” “Oh my God,” “opinion-makers,” etc.) — but I did want to jot down a few quick notes about the Blu-Ray’s bonus features.

[Read more…]

Ben-Hur news round-up: Many more cast & crew interviews!

benhur-uk-b

Another week, another round-up of Ben-Hur-themed news items.

[Read more…]

Review: Ben-Hur (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2016)

benhur2016-chariotrace2-b

In theory, there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t make a new version of Ben-Hur. Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel has been dramatized several times already, and the most famous film of them all — the 1959 adaptation with Charlton Heston — deviated from the book in ways that arguably made it a less-than-definitive adaptation of the source material. (Among other things, the Heston film is less overt about its Christianity than the silent 1925 version.) So I was prepared to give the new movie a chance.

[Read more…]

Watch: A 22-minute video on the making of Ben-Hur

benhur2016-judah-messala

An epic movie needs an epic featurette, and CBN.com obliged today with a 22-minute featurette called ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of Forgiveness’. Check it out below the jump.

[Read more…]

Watch: A featurette on Morgan Freeman’s Ilderim in Ben-Hur

benhur2016-morganfreeman

One of the promotional hurdles faced by the new Ben-Hur is its relative lack of star power. Nearly everyone in its cast is best known for working on television or for minor roles in other films. The main exception is Morgan Freeman, who plays Ilderim, the sheikh who sponsors Judah Ben-Hur in the film’s climactic chariot race.

[Read more…]

Watch: New Ben-Hur trailer has even more footage of Jesus

benhur2016-cp-1-a

Ben-Hur comes to theatres on August 19 — that’s just over two months from now — so it’s time for another trailer. And the newest trailer features even more footage of Jesus, whose face was famously kept hidden in the earlier films based on this story.

[Read more…]