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LJ film reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick picks his top 20 titles from the past year's home-video releases of documentaries and foreign, indie, and classic films. Check out our online version (ow.ly/85fqD) for trailers to the films listed here.
Ben-Hur. color. 222+ min. William Wyler, dist. by Warner Home Video. DVD UPC 883929178261. $20.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo UPC 883929209453. $34.99.
Wyler's 1959 epic about a noble Jew (Charlton Heston) up against his childhood pal (Stephen Boyd) and mighty Rome looks amazing, thanks to a frame-by-frame restoration best appreciated in its signature chariot race.
Citizen Kane: The Ultimate Collectors Edition. color & b/w. 193+ min. Orson Welles, dist. by Warner Home Video. DVD UPC 883929184811. $49.99; Blu-ray UPC 883929184804. $64.99.
The undisputed masterpiece boasts an extensive restoration for this 70th-anniversary edition that includes commentary from film critic Roger Ebert and director Peter Bogdanovich, a feature-length making-of doc, and more. Rosebud, indeed.
12 Angry Men. b/w. 96+ min. Sidney Lumet, dist. by Criterion Collection. DVD …