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Kim Rossi Stuart

'Ben-Hur': Still going well beyond the material

Pity the poor film lovers who blew their entire month's movie budget on the latest "Star Wars" box set. This week, for roughly the same price, they could have owned a cinema milestone superior to "Star Wars" in just about every way — William Wyler's "Ben-Hur" (Warner Home Video, Ultimate Collector's Edition three-disc Blu-ray box set, $64.99; five-DVD set, $49.92; two-DVD anniversary edition, $20.97).

Don't misunderstand. The original "Star Wars" trilogy is a lot of fun and George Lucas corralled future generations of movie fans with his films' youthful spirit of wonder and adventure. But "Ben-Hur" is profound and...