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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.
Much has been made about the wealth of extras found on the four-disc 50th-anniversary collector's edition Blu-ray, but this two-disc edition also offers an exceptional array of supplemental features devoted to the making of Lawrence. However, buyers should note that most of the extras consist of the same material found on the 2008 collector's edition DVD, including the hour-plus "Making of Lawrence of Arabia," a nine-minute conversation with Steven Spielberg about the impact of the film on his career, and four short vintage documentary featurettes about the rigors of location shooting; one of the shorter items, Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic, from 1970, is featured in a slightly shorter presentation than on the 50th-anniversary collector's edition. A newsreel from the film's premiere and a gallery of promotional material from the picture's original release and subsequent reissues round out the set, while three minor extras from the collector's edition DVD--a handful of theatrical trailers, talent files, and the DVD-ROM feature "Archives of Arabia: Historic Photographs Take You Behind the Scenes"--have not been included. In their stead are two new HD features created exclusively for the Blu-ray release: "Secrets of Arabia: A Picture-in-Graphic Track" presents an array of textual information on the film and the historical events that inspired it, including excerpts from T.E. Lawrence's own writing, maps, and still photographs that can be viewed along with the film, while "Peter O'Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia" is a 20-plus-minute interview with the actor, who recalls his career-changing work on the film through typically charming and informative anecdotes. For buyers wishing to have the best Blu-ray presentation possible of Lawrence of Arabia, but are unwilling or unable to pay for the 50th-anniversary collector's edition, the restored version is a fine compilation of some of the best extras available from both past and present for this extraordinary film. --Paul Gaita
- Fully-restored feature
- Picture-in-Graphic "Secrets of Arabia" (Blu-ray Exclusive)
BD Disc 2:
- Peter O'Toole Revisits "Lawrence of Arabia" (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- The Making of Lawrence of Arabia documentary (Restored Version)
- 5 Featurettes
- NY Premiere (Newsreel)
- Advertising Campaigns (Restored Version)
- Theatrical Trailer
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Amazon sent a a replacement. The first disc worked, but the 2nd was 'BAD'. Everything about this was cheap! The plastic container was flimsy, the wording on the case didn't give important information. It didn't say how long the movie was, which is important in a 4+ hour movie!
Since both the original and replacement were bad, I would hesitate to buy this again!
If it is impossible to know who and what T.E. Lawrence really was, this film deftly refuses to make everything clear.
That an English soldier immersed in 'Arabia' (the Hejaz, mostly) could successfully skirt 'blasphemous conceit' and still pull off a decisive role in the Arab uprising against the imperium that was then abbreviated as 'the Turk' is improbable at best. That this stunning wide-screen retelling of his story-cum-history could remain compelling forty years later at a time when few viewers could endure its plodding pace is a tribute to its genius.
'Nothing is written', Lawrence insists to Arab tribal leaders who believe everything is written. He seems to remake possibility by sheer force of eerie will. Lawrence comes across as the quintessential English Impatient, seeing more than Arab realists and out-of-touch colonialists could imagine.
In the end, the Turk did go home and Arabia was set free to be re-enslaved by men of a different accent and set of blood loyalties.
Who knows who really won the Levant campaign? So many claimed to have done so. Sixty years later, it still isn't clear.
But the consideration of that question is more entertainingly carried out with the stunning imagery of this film on one's shelf. Its widescreen sequences of men on camels in almost borderless desert stretches the imagination.
The very strangeness of Lawrence's odyssey is painted the better for the novelty of what writers, directors, and camera operators managed to pull off in a year when the world lurched towards nuclear confrontation and the legacy of one very odd Englishmen had still not been settled.
See the movie. Download the soundtrack. Make L of A one of your legacy films.
I was recommended this film and I spent my Easter Sunday evening watching this film. The story comes to be very fascinating, but what really brew my mind was the acting! Peter O'Toole and Alec Guinness are absolutely remarkable, and they just draw your curiosity so deep into their personal struggles in the film. I got confused with what was going on of Lawrence being invisible, but apparently this film comes to be based off a legend and I am fascinated to discover more if it! This comes to be a must-watch for any aspiring actor!
A perfect combination of actors, story and directing. No expense spared - the desert treks were so beautiful. How I enjoy
a great movie such as this with no digital enhancing. Movie wise, those really were the days. The sweep and power of it
was overwhelming - would not have worked with fake crowds or backgrounds.
The part before intermission has always been my favorite, but I know the dark side in the second part had to be included.
Peter O'Toole was perfect with his wild, blue-eyed madness- and, in my opinion was never that good again.