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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, 4 Jun 2004
This review is from: Lawrence of Arabia - Two Disc Set [DVD] (DVD)
This is presented in the way that the original cinema-goers would have seen it. The music starts with a blank screen, like an overture before the curtain goes up (must fit some red velvet and gold braid to my TV!) and the original intermission marks the end of disc 1.
O'Toole and Sharif are devastatingly handsome, but even they struggle against the scene-stealing desert. If only IMAX existed when David Lean was making this masterpiece.
My only disappointment was the sound quality; the music especially sounded compressed and congested between the loudspeakers.
So that's 5 stars for the vision and 3 stars for the sound, averaging out at 4 overall.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2008 07:24:26 BDT
Every DVD version of this extraordinary film that I have seen has a slight flicker effect running through the whole running time. I've seen the Superbit version, the original issue and an another version and all had this flicker. Can anyone enlighten me if they've finally made this go away?

Posted on 11 May 2008 01:54:26 BDT
When I first viewed this in DVD, I put the sound through an amplifier and "proper" speakers positioned either side of the screen. This is not something that I would usually bother with but I knew that the score was crucial in this film. The effect was stunning. Try it if you can!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 14:46:36 GMT
Matthew I've noted this too. I think it's something to do with the original print and the technology used to record the film (and its slight incompatibility with the cameras used to capture the film for dvd etc as well as TV technology).

I also noted a slight 'makeup' effect on the actors as though someone had retouched the film itself causing a great loss of detail on the film. I think these limitations may be with us forever, no matter what the quality of the discs sold...

Posted on 31 Aug 2012 14:33:35 BDT
DAVE HORN says:
I can't say I've noticed that effect going through VHS full-frame and widescreen then DVD widescreen versions of the film but doubtless now it's been mentioned I will!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2012 01:57:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2012 01:58:21 BDT
Diotima says:
To: Matthew Black

There was a "slight flicker effect" when I saw the film on the big screen in 1962. This appeared as if the projectionist was having trouble keeping the film in focus - a little bit like the popping of colour slides. Another movie goer also noticed the effect at the time (as seen in the same cinema) and said: "I hope it's not on the film." Perhaps it was.

And the effect did persist throughout the whole screening. It was not confined to the desert scenes with their clear blue skies (which are poorly rendered in subsequent DVDs even when "restored").
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