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Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1989)

Peter O'Toole , David Lean  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter O'Toole
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English
  • Dubbed: French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 227 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (985 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017O1MIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 Blu-ray discs (3rd disc exclusive to the gift set) featuring:
    • Fully-restored version of the film
    • New Blu-ray exclusive special features including Picture-in-Graphic and interviews with Peter O'Toole and Martin Scorsese.
  • Soundtrack CD, including two previously unreleased tracks
  • Hard-bound coffee table book including full-color photos, history of the film's significance, insight into the making of the film, and editorial pieces by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
  • Numbered, mounted 70mm film cell
  • Limited edition collector's package including Lawrence of Arabia image presented in a deluxe 50th Anniversary slipcase and o-ring. An essential addition to any collection.

Blu-ray Disc 1:

  • Approximate runtime: 227 minutes
  • Fully-restored feature
  • Picture-in-Graphic "Secrets of Arabia" (Blu-ray exclusive)

Blu-ray Disc 2:

  • Approximate runtime: 130 minutes
  • Peter O'Toole Revisits "Lawrence of Arabia" (Blu-ray exclusive) 21:05 HD
  • The Making of Lawrence of Arabia documentary (Restored Version) 61:00 SD
  • Featurette: A Conversation with Steven Spielberg (Restored Version) 8:46 SD
  • Featurette: "Camel Casting (Maan Jordan)" aka "The Camels Are Cast" (Restored Version) 4:50 HD
  • Featurette: "In Search of Lawrence" (Restored Version) 4:50 HD
  • Featurette: "Romance of Arabia" (Restored Version) 4:36 HD
  • Featurette: "Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic" (1970) 4:30 SD
  • NY Premiere (Newsreel) 1:06 SD
  • Advertising Campaigns (Restored Version) 4:49
  • Theatrical Trailer 4:40 HD

Blu-ray Disc 3: Gift Set Exclusive Disc

  • Approximate runtime: 144 minutes
  • Interview with Martin Scorsese (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • "In Love with the Desert" 80:00
    • Directed by Allain Littaye
    • Prop master Eddie Fowler takes the viewer on a modern day tour of the original locations and settings providing insights and recollections of filming Lawrence of Arabia, intercut with comparison clips of the film.
  • Deleted Scene: "Balcony" with introduction by Anne Coates (never before released) 7:30
  • Featurette: "King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia" 1:59
    • All about King Hussein of Jordan visiting and seeing the production design and location of the Lawrence set
  • Featurette: "Wind, Sand and Star" (1963) 4:47
    • This is the original version of Wind, Sand and Star filmed near the original release date of Lawrence, 1963. This version is higher quality (35mm) and focuses more on the creative process and discusses O'Toole's process as an actor portraying the original historic figure, Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Trailers: Teaser #1, 1:52 HD; Teaser #2, 1:15 HD; 70mm Restoration Trailer (1989 Release), 1:55 HD; TV Spot #1, :60 HD; TV Spot #2, :10 HD

Editorial Reviews

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Winner of 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture of 1962, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar®-winning director, David Lean (1962, Lawrence of Arabia: 1957 the Bridge on the River Kwai), the film stars Peter O’Toole — in his career-making performance — as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire. Newly restored and re-mastered at 4K resolution, the massive scope and epic action of the Director’s Cut of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA can now be experienced like never before in this landmark 50th Anniversary Edition.

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486 of 511 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
** UPDATED NOV-15-2012 **

An extraordinary film has now become an extraordinary Blu-ray. David Lean's 1962 desert epic film about the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence and his successes and struggles in the Arab countries during the early 20th Century remains (sadly) as relevant as ever regarding the Western world's unending struggles in the Middle East regions. The Oscar-winning classic is also a landmark event in film history, as it set a very high standard in epic film-making, acting, and, for the making of this Blu-ray, in film restoration as well. Director Lean and then-unknown actor Peter O'Toole's contribution in this film remain influential in the five decades since the film's initial release. And if it had not been for the efforts of restorers Robert A. Harris and Jim Painten, who discovered the film's original negative inside crushed and rusting film cans in Columbia's vaults in the 1980s, and proceeded to restore it to its original glory, we would not have had the pleasure of holding this Blu-ray in our hands. This 2-disc Blu-ray exclusive (no corresponding DVD is available) and a 4-disc (3 Blu-rays plus CD soundtrack) box set are the result of multi-year efforts on the part of the best professionals in the film business.

The aforementioned restoration by Harris & Painten, completed in 1989 and yielding a 227-minute director's cut, was the basis of this Blu-ray release. The running time is sometimes indicated as 217 minutes, which is the running time without all the music interludes: overture, intermission, and exit music.
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296 of 312 people found the following review helpful
By 2HB
Format:DVD
Dear Amazon,

Please stop posting reviews for films that are, essentially, written for another version of the DVD's (and cd's) and not the one posted.

There are several DVD versions of Lawrence of Arabia. They all differ wildly from each other in picture and sound quality.

How do you expect us to chose which is best for us if you post the same review from the 2001 version over and over and over again?
"Best dvd version yet."

Yeah, right - in 2001 that may have been true. But Amazon, you've posted this review for every version of this DVD even though the review was for a DVD originally released in 2001!
Lawrence of Arabia has been remastered twice since then, and the subsquent versions are very, very different.

Please stop this and take some responsibility and post reviews ONLY for their specific versions - or at least specify that the review was written for another version.
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434 of 461 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The desert is a sea in which no oar is dipped. June 11, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is unsurprising to me that some people find Lawrence of Arabia boring. If you have the attention span of a hummingbird, this is not a film you will enjoy. It has no car chases, no bikini-clad supermodels, and nary a kung-fu move to be seen. Instead, all it offers is tortured respect for everything it touches. Lawrence of Arabia is a film that elevated the art of cinematic storytelling to new heights, and it shows. It is the journey, not the destination, that the viewer should focus on. In order to enjoy this film, you must make a commitment to watch it. Get comfortable, have something to drink on hand (you'll know why about halfway through), turn off the phone, and put the remote under a pillow. I've seen a lot of films, and some I've liked to varying degrees, and others I've simply been satisfied that Hollywood didn't butcher the underlying work or premise too badly in pursuit of the lowest common denominator. Lawrence of Arabia is different. It is one of those truly rare films that makes you feel grateful for having seen it, for the efforts of all those involved to craft, create, and perserve over the years just so you might have the chance to see it. It is such a fine film that its merits are obvious, and negative statements about it tend to simply reflect back on the critic.
Why? Many reasons. The actors are likewise gifted with rare talent, and superbly cast. The settings and scenes are invariably breathtaking. The plot is engrossing and entertaining without ever becoming heavy-handed. Film students will while away hours discussing everything from the Christ imagery to the undercurrents of homoeroticism, but they do that with every film. I suggest you simply kick back and enjoy an excellent, time-honored epic about a stranger in a strange land. It is a harrowing, draining journey, but one you will not regret.
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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Superbit "Lawrence" with color corrected video September 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I won't review the movie. That's all been said before. And reading the other reviews will make you aware of the extraordinary restoration effort that was put into this masterpiece for its re-release in 70 mm 15 years ago. But no matter how good that release was, it didn't translate well to home video. I've had a VHS version and also own the DVD release from two years ago. That deluxe disc set had the entire three-hour plus film on one disc and was not properly color corrected. (The second disc IS chock full of newsreel footage and other extras if you enjoy that sort of thing)
Now comes the Superbit release, which spreads the movie across two discs, dramatically increasing the bit rate. For once, Superbit really comes through and great improves the DVD experience. There are no extras. But the quality of the video is amazing. Key to this was the involvement in this edition of Robert Harris, who worked with David Lean and the film's cinematographer on the 1988 restoration. Mr. Harris details on thedigitalbits.com the time spent on this new DVD release to get everything right.
The results are excellent. It's like a veil was lifted from the film to fully reveal the magnificent details of the desert landscapes. The 5.1 and DTS mixes are also top notch.
Whatever you have heard about Superbit, this is the version of the title to own and one of the major DVD releases of this or any other year. If you enjoy this film, you owe it to yourself to rent or buy this version.
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