Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD)
In the short list of truly epic movies, Ben-Hur is distinctive for pointing to Jesus while portraying a powerful story of love, heartbreak, slavery, heroism and redemption. Everything about Ben-Hur is big – the backdrop, the music, the acting, the sheer number of actors and extras required to film it – and as you watch you can’t help feeling dwarfed by the enormity of it. Now restored and digitally remastered, this is a DVD worthy of your library. Living in the time of Christ, Judah Ben-Hur would have been a prince of Israel if not for the oppressive occupation of the Romans. As a man of wealth and privilege the last thing he expected was to be unjustly condemned to the Roman galleys, which was the same as a death sentence. His heroic escape, journey back to Jerusalem, and his quest for revenge would have ended in tragedy if not for one thing . . . coming face to face with Jesus.