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Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Collector's Box Set (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [1962]


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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Producers: David Lean, Sam Spiegel
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XE9YIE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Special Features

DISC 1:

• 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

DISC 2:

Featurettes:

    • “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

Featurettes:

    • “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

Trailers/TV Spots:

    • 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

From Amazon.co.uk

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

On the DVD: This vast movie is spread leisurely across two discs, with Maurice Jarre's overture standing in as intermission music for the first track of disc two. 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 than here: 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 disc two Spielberg chats about why David Lean is his favourite director, and why Lawrence had such a profound influence on him both as a child and as a filmmaker (he regularly re-watches 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 are good--especially the documentary--but the breathtaking quality of both anamorphic picture and digital sound are what make this DVD package a triumph. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2009
Format: DVD
I went to my son's house for Easter and instead of sitting down to watch the latest action flick (His great joke is treating me to films that I would never watch on my own.), I discovered to my great pleasure that the evening's entertainment was "Lawrence of Arabia." As my son set up the DVD, he said, "Don't you remember? You took us to see it when we were kids." I had forgotten.

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.
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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful By "compton_111" on 24 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
From the success of Bridge over the river Kwai, David Lean settled on the story of Colonel T.E Lawrence or Ned to his family and friends, with which to once again captivate and entrance his cinematic public. Perhaps Mr Lean did not anticipate the size of the task that awaited him as if had it might have put him off.
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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vinyl Nut 22 on 10 Sep 2012
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The restored version issued today on Blu Ray is wonderful. The detail is fantastic, from the small figures lost in the desert landscapes to the colours in the blankets to the small things caught in dust storms. The DTS sound is stirring, you get caught up in the thunderous charge on Aqaba, the great themes of the score and all the well remembered lines. After watching it today on a big home projector screen and full surround all I can say is that THIS is a proper film and I cannot wait to see it on a really big screen at the cinema in November.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2001
Format: DVD
I can never understand why people buyy certain titles on DVD when video is adequate. Exercise videos spring to mind! But the masterpiece that is Lawrence of Arabia is one of those films that really benefits from digital technology. Painstakingly restored, the stunning scenery, sensitive soundtrack and sheer self-indulgence of the director overwhelm the viewer into thinking that 4 hours is not long enough! It takes over 2 minutes for Omar Sharif to ride up on his camel, during which time only two or three words are spoken and the camera hardly moves. If this kind of film were made today it would be slashed into a 90 minute action movie. Buy it. It will never be matched.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TomTom on 14 Oct 2012
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I first saw this 50 years ago in 70mm, then the restored version 25 years ago; several video versions and film presentations since... I can say that this disc (and the 4K theatrical version) is by far the best is has looked since it first came out. The detail and freshness of the images are stunning; even the sound is better. The only drawback is that you must see this on a huge screen to fully appreciate what David Lean was going for.
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