- Feb 4, 2001
Just finished watching that magnificent 1925 version of “Ben-Hur”, on Bluray, and must say that it is the best of the two classic versions. Still the spectacular chariot race, but a far more beautiful and moving story, which seems much more sophisticated (surprisingly considering it’s a silent version) and, of course, unrestrained pre-coder and interesting version, and with all the multitude of (Czech found) Technicolor sequences. Ramon Novarro makes a much more pleasing and dashing Ben-Hur . Great Carl Davis score, too. It really is a masterpiece of it’s time and a must-watch.
On the subject of the 1925 version, I recall reading claims years ago that the George Eastman House has a print with quite a bit of different footage than the currently circulating version; the difference that the Eastman House print is the original silent cut, while the version on most video releases is largely reconstructed from the sound re-issue. Can anyone more familiar with the film confirm/deny any of this?