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Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Collector's Box Set (Blu-ray + UV Copy) 
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Winner of seven 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 Collectors Box Set.
• Feature Film, including overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music
• Newly re-mastered 5.1 English audio
• “Secrets of Arabia: A Picture-in-Graphics 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 Search of Lawrence”
• “Romance of Arabia”
• “Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic” (1970 version)
• Newsreel Footage of the New York Premiere
• Advertising Campaigns
DISC 3 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
• Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene with Introduction by Anne Coates
• “The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia” All-New Interview with Martin Scorsese
• “In Love with the Desert”
• “Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored”
• “King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Scene”
• “Wind, Sand and Star” (original version, 1963)
Archival Interviews with William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
• Theatrical Trailer
• Teaser Trailer #1
• Teaser Trailer #2
• 70mm Restoration Trailer (1989 Release)
• TV Spot #1
• TV Spot #2
DISC 4 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
• Exclusive Lawrence of Arabia Soundtrack CD including original score and two previously unreleased tracks
In 1962 Lawrence of Arabia scooped another seven Oscars for David Lean and crew after his previous epic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, had performed exactly the same feat a few years earlier. Supported in this Great War desert adventure by a superb cast including Alex Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole gives a complex, star-making performance as the enigmatic TE Lawrence. The magnificent action and vast desert panoramas were captured in luminous 70mm by Cinematographer Freddie Young, here beginning a partnership with Lean that continued through Dr Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970). Yet what made the film truly outstanding was Robert (A Man For All Seasons) Bolt's literate screenplay, marking the beginning of yet another ongoing collaboration with Lean. The final partnership established was between director and French composer Maurice Jarre, who won one of the Oscars and scored all Lean's remaining films, up to and including A Passage to India in 1984. Fully restored in 1989, this complete version of Lean's masterpiece remains one of cinema's all-time classic visions. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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When I got home, I pulled out my own two-disc set of the Limited Edition, noting the incredibly clear transfer that looks like HD when I played it on my computer. I then watched the extras. Whereas so many "the making of" documentaries nowadays are self-serving and otherwise forgettable, the Interview with David Lean, Omar Sherif, and the behind-the-scenes crew is truly enlightening, as are the comments of Steven Spielberg.
Enough cannot be said about the subtleties of Peter O'Toole's nuanced performance of the troubled protagonist (and I am still cross about Hollywood's failure to recognize him in any other way than a "Lifetime Achievement Award"--Hollywood's booby prize). In perusing the other reviews on this website, I have noted proper accolades for the performances of Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, and Claude Raines (always brilliant), but I noticed a failure to appreciate the performance of Anthony Quayle, whose portrayal of the adjutant moves from stiff-upper-lipped-Empire-right-or-wrong--at first resenting Lawrence whom he clearly considers an eccentric loose cannon--to anguished disgust at the political manipulations of Allenby (Hawkins), Dryden (Raines), and Faisal (Guinness), who shamelessly discard Lawrence as an embarrassment after they not only have used him but also have used him up to achieve their political ends.Read more ›
It was a risk for Mr Lean and his backers, after all this was a story that was surrounded in mystery, controversy and conflicting testimony, with the enigmatic Lawrence at its centre. The times had moved on and audiences were demanding big names and new cinema, David Lean had the big names(Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins & Anthony Quinn) but the two central characters (Lawrence and Ali) were played by two relatively unkown actors, Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, a big gamble for any director with such a fantastic story to tell.
For the British in the first half of the century, the story of T.E Lawrence was a romanticised narrative, far departed from the hellish western front. He became much more than an intelligence officer in the British Army, he himself knew the power of propoganda and so did his political and military masters, not to mention the editors of papers back in England and the USA, for which Lawrence was a much needed "breath of fresh air" for the depreseive trench warfare reading of the first world war.
David Lean's film while not strictly historicaly accurate (depending upon which version of Lawrence's life you believe) is a master piece of cinema. The cinematography is ground breaking and the scale of production magnificent. This means that it feels "real" for the audience.Read more ›
Things ive noticed from one viewing ,1. there are two flys on the light in the 'map room' scene .
2. Peter oToole has a large plaster on his finger in the 'train derailment' scene
3. the scene after Lawrence has been shot in the arm and sat on the Rolls Royce , you can see a tiny spot
blood on the wheel arch were he was sat, nice detail.
4. i know this sounds weird but you can see the dust and snow , its that clear , and of course the desert
looks amazing ,
5,. even the interiors look great , the moziac tiles on the walls of the HQ etc and did you know theres a
huge B/W painting/photograph in the officers mess opposite the bar i know i didn't.
theres lots more but ill let you find them , This film was made to be watched on a big screen and Blu-ray ,if you cant see it projected at a cinema, this is as good as good gets ,buy it and thank me later.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely movie. DVD worked after changing to all systems setting. Quality of picture is good.Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent DVD and delivery as advertised
The additional material on the DVD supplies interesting background to the movie.
Terrific, timeless film which rightfully made O'Toole a star.
Epic and very entertaining - a must have really for any film collection.
Wonderful. Love watching DVDs from this era. Although I have seen this film many times over the years it was only while watching this time that I began to understand the recent... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rosamunda