Now that Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur has come and gone from theatres, it’s time for the film to come out on home video. And so, today, it was announced that Ben-Hur will come to iTunes and other digital streaming services on November 29, while the DVD and Blu-Ray release will follow two weeks later on December 13.
Neither Amazon nor iTunes have listed any bonus features yet, but the online retailer Christian Cinema has a list — and it indicates that the discs sold through Christian stores will have bonus features that the regular DVDs and Blu-Rays won’t have.
Here, according to Christian Cinema, are the regular bonus features:
- Ben Hur: The Legacy
- The Epic Cast
- A Tale For Our Times
- The Chariot Race
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Music Videos
And here are the “CBA Exclusives” (CBA = Christian Booksellers Association):
- A Story of Christ
- Executive Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Discuss Ben-Hur with Pastor Rick Warren
- Ben-Hur Conversation with Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer
I will update this post if I find any more information about the Blu-Ray release.October 25 update: Paramount has released the cover art for the upcoming discs.
The DVD will have the feature film:
The Blu-Ray combo pack will have the feature film and over an hour of bonus content on the Blu-Ray disc, plus the feature film on the DVD:
And the “Exclusive” Blu-Ray combo pack will have the same two discs as the regular Blu-Ray combo pack, plus a second DVD with extra bonus content: