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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.
This vast movie is spread leisurely across two discs, with Maurice Jarre's overture standing in as intermission music for the first track of the second disc. But the clarity of the anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby 5.1 soundtrack justify the decision not to cram the whole thing onto one side of a disc. The movie has never looked nor sounded better: the desert landscapes are incredibly detailed, with the tiny nomadic figures in the far distance clearly visible on the small screen; the remastered soundtrack, too, is a joy. Thanks are due to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, who supervised (and financed) the restoration of the picture in 1989; on the second disc Spielberg chats about why David Lean is his favorite director and why Lawrence had such a profound influence on him both as a child and as a filmmaker (he says he rewatches the movie before starting any new project). Other features include an excellent and exhaustive "making of" documentary with contributions from surviving cast and crew (an avuncular Omar Sharif is particularly entertaining as he reminisces about meeting the hawk-like Lean for the first time), some contemporary featurettes designed to promote the movie, and a DVD-ROM facility. The extra features, especially the documentary, are good, but the breathtaking quality of both anamorphic picture and digital sound is what makes this DVD package a triumph. --Mark Walker
Some 50 years later, the script is lame and the acting is..... well, overacted. Very dramatic even when drama is not called for. Music is soaring. Photography is very good.Published 11 hours ago by Larry L. Terry
Everything was beautiful, yet sad. The actors, the country, the story. Saw it first in a beautiful palace-like theater, which was appropriate for such a grand movie. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Rodi
I bought it twice and it would not play in my Blu-Ray player, but all other DVDs play.Published 2 days ago by Cindi B
This is an old movie that I never watched before. If you have the time it is wonderful to watch.Published 3 days ago by Terry Huffman
Very interesting movie. If you like adventure, you should definitely watch this movie.Published 3 days ago by Raghav Sharma
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|Lawrence of Arabia on Blu-Ray?||
I too, am waiting for this.
It's films like this - with their stunning cinematography - that HD is made for.
Jun 22, 2009 by Mark | See all 26 posts
|is the single disc version worth it?||
If you only want the film then go with the single but if you like extras go for the two disc. The two disc also has slightly better picture quality.
Dec 2, 2009 by DLMJ | See all 3 posts
|Why is it so expensive?||
The 2-Disc set will include: Secrets of Arabia: Picture-in-Graphic Track; "Peter O'Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia" All-New Interview; "The Making of Lawrence of Arabia" documentary; "A Conversation with Steven Spielberg"; "The Camels Are Cast"; "In... Read More
Aug 8, 2012 by Kites | See all 3 posts
|Problems with disc one||
I can't speak from personal experience because I have not watched my copy yet, but I have an idea of why it's happening. This is an extremely long movie at almost 4 hours and I think the data is too heavily compressed, perhaps by the type of encoding that was used. I think they probably should... Read More
Feb 17, 2008 by Vic Rattlehead | See all 3 posts
|Questions about the Collector's Edition||
This quote might help. It's David Horiuchi's editorial comment provided by Amazon on the Superbit Edition: "Lawrence of Arabia raises the bar on Superbit DVDs by not only using the much-publicized higher bit rate, but also offering a brand-new transfer by restoration expert Robert Harris,... Read More
Feb 25, 2009 by Andy C. | See all 7 posts
|Why no release date from Amazon?||Be the first to reply|