Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar's reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala (Stephen Boyd), who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted.
But when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Judah vows revenge.In BEN-HUR, William Wyler's much-lauded epic, the story of Judah's search for his mother and sister and his quest for revenge intersects with crucial biblical events such as the Sermon on the Mount and the crucifixion. Wyler gets fine performances from Heston, Boyd, Jack Hawkins (as a Roman admiral who befriends Judah), and Hugh Griffith (as an Arab sheik who dreams of racing his beautiful white horses against Messala). Among BEN-HUR's vivid dramatic sequences are a violent sea battle and the famous chariot race that pits Judah against Messala in one of cinema's great action sequences.
Possess a copy of one of the finest films to be made in the history of global cinema with the "Ben-Hur" four-disc set DVD. Directed by Academy award winning director William Wyler, this epic film stars Charlton Heston as the eponymous wealthy prince and merchant Judah "Ben-Hur" whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave galley and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Besides a remastered version of the acclaimed 1959 film, this four-disc set DVD also includes audio commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher, highlights from the 1960 Academy awards function and much more. Featuring a new audio-visual recreation of the film via stills, sketches, music and dialogues, the "Ben-Hur" DVD features bonus material of over 10 hours. Listen to acclaimed directors Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of this epic film. What’s more, the "Ben-Hur" DVD also features the 1925 silent version of the film.