Celebrating a Hollywood Epic
'Ben Hur's' 50th anniversary
- Duration 3:33
- Date Oct 1, 2011
'Ben Hur's' 50th anniversary
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Well it's a sweeping Hollywood -- that still stands the test of time who can forget Charlton Heston the action packed chariot race in 1950 -- -- her.
The movie went on to an eleven Oscars including one for -- and other -- director William Wyler.
Now -- cinematic giant is getting the special treatment finally for its fiftieth anniversary dvd release.
Fantastic joining us this morning filmmaker Fraser Heston Charlton Heston sun and producer Catherine Weiler director William Wyler start nice to see both of you this morning welcome.
I can't think this is exciting needed to clean this film up finally release it after fifty years -- what does this mean to your file.
His legacy well what Warner Bros.
did an extraordinary job of restoring the film it took them almost two years to.
Digitally scanned a tremendously high resolution restore and now bring -- out on Blu-ray and dvd it looks like.
The day would you want -- delivered the answer for it looks like it's stepped into the film star.
Talking the actors as it you know as the daughter of -- famous director of this film.
What sort of task.
-- was this really we talk like Titanic today James Cameron is large big budget take pictures but at the time this was -- groundbreaking film for director to have to undertake.
And people need to remember that in -- -- is you know when they made a movie like this everything was live action.
Every -- you -- -- actually.
-- -- it all these chariot races for instance that all really -- no computers no creators yeah literary history technology is fair that's right it's -- we think about to collect workers' -- all these guys now you have all sorts of stunt doubles and they're being involved in this what does it mean for you to have this film restored what does it mean for your family.
Well I think it's really wonderful my father would be so thrilled they've done such -- a great job apparently.
Is now going to be good for the next 300 years that's a good amount of time -- At Fraser there's a lot of this footage shot behind the scenes that your mom had filmed during when you -- were in Rome during the filming all of of all of this.
And now we're gonna get to see some of that footage the behind the scenes in the special election.
Yes Warner's asked me to produce.
-- entirely new documentary about multifamily and my father's experience.
In -- making have been -- we call Charlton Heston and then her but personal journey and then my mother took some marvelous sixteen millimeter film film footage.
Went dead kept a journal and we have thousands of photographs so that that became the mosaic of this world.
I want you both to address this because I'm a film -- I want to film school and college and that's our love a lot of these old films but you know the young folks these -- the young kids these days it might not have this appreciation for American classics.
What do you say to the young person watching this morning about some of these classic -- specifically -- hurt go see it what does it mean don't have to -- experience if you haven't seen this film.
You have a treat in store for you I think it'll knock your socks off.
And I say one of the great things about my father's work is that there's a timelessness to it they don't seem dated.
And bit her will grab you.
-- -- that I think you you know it it feels it feels like He could have been made yesterday.
-- -- the first modern epic is a very contemporary kind of film that would stand up with any of -- by Ridley Scott -- Steven -- today.
Thank you get so much the new Blu-ray dvd boxed -- is out now for the -- for -- her it's cleaned up its beautiful.
Go pick it up now and if you happen to be New York this morning screening.
At Lincoln center of the film Frazier and Catherine thanks so much for joining us -- they can't.