Even if you subscribe to the view that the words 'classic' and 'masterpiece' are banded around with too much regularity, surely it's hard to quibble with them being applied to David Lean's exquisite Lawrence Of Arabia
. A genuine epic, the multi-award winning film sees Peter O'Toole in the title role of Lawrence, whose journey we follow, inevitably enough, through Arabia. It's a complex, emotionally-demanding journey, though, something that Lean's wonderful film captures with consummate skill.
Inevitably, any viewing of the film on a smaller screen diminishes it a little, but the remastered Blu-ray release does its utmost to compensate. This has clearly been a labour of love, and the film looks as good as you can ever imagine it could on a smaller screen. The level of detail is astonishing. Also, one further beneficiary of the high definition transfer is Maurice Jarre's exquisite score.
The Blu-ray set is packed with supplements, too. There's an involving making-of documentary, that has several stories to tell. You'll also find a new interview with Peter O'Toole, alongside diverting archive promotional material, and a collection of added featurettes.
It's a rich, quality release that's given a genuinely superb film the kind of release it warrants. Whether a long-time fan or new convert, Lawrence Of Arabia remains very special indeed. --Jon Foster
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 remastered 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. Bonus FeaturesDISC 1:
- Feature Film, including overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music
- Newly re-mastered 5.1 English audio
- Secrets of Arabia: A 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 Search of Lawrence”
- “Romance of Arabia”
- Newsreel Footage of the New York Premiere
- Advertising Campaigns
Winner of seven Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture (1962), this is the restored director's cut of the breathtaking masterpiece.
David Leans lush, Oscar-winning biopic stars Peter OToole as T.E. Lawrence, the Oxford-educated British army officer who aided the Arabs in their revolt against the Turks. Teaming up with Sherif Ali Omar Sharif, Lawrence crosses a desert considered uncrossable in order to join two separate Arab tribes together as a single fighting force. Aiming to achieve Arab sovereignty, he wins a series of military victories but always keeps his eye on the larger picture, doing his best to prevent the subjection of the Arabs to British colonial rule. The film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.