Exclusive trailer: 'Ben-Hur' Blu-ray coming 9/27

After a long wait, "Ben-Hur" is finally coming to Blu-ray on September 27, with a million-dollar restoration. Watch CNET's exclusive video trailer.

Back in 1959 "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. You'd figure a movie like that would be out on Blu-ray, but it has remained on our " Top 30 movies not out on Blu-ray " list for the last couple of years.

That's about to change, as Warner Bros. has announced that "Ben-Hur" will make its debut on Blu-ray on September 27 as the "Ben-Hur 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition."

If you're wondering why the math doesn't add up on that 50th anniversary, the restoration process, which cost $1 million, took longer than expected and the 2009 release for the actual 50th was missed. Warner Bros. says the the frame-by-frame restoration from an 8k scan of the original 65mm camera negative was the highest-resolution restoration ever completed by the studio.

As far as bonus features go, the Ben-Hur Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray has more than four hours of extras, including an all-new hi-def feature length documentary hosted by son Fraser Heston; a reproduction of Heston's diary during filming; and an exclusive hardbound photo book. Price: $64.99 (SRP), though Amazon has it for $20 less.

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