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Lawrence of Arabia is one of my all time favourite films and I actually own it on the Lawrence of Arabia - Two Disc Set [DVD]. So when I heard it was coming out on Blue Ray (BR), I pre-ordered it. Well I received it today and words fail me in trying to describe it. In this day and age of special effects, so called block busters and 3D films, here is a film which places them all in the shade. The quality is second to none and this is a film over 50 years old. (Please take note Hollywood) I juxtaposed the BR against the DVD and there simply is no contest, when I purchased the DVD, I presumed I was watching the best there was, how wrong I was. The quality and clarity of the film is instantly apparent from the very first scene. (Which comes in at around the 4.30 min mark) and continues right through to the end. Soundwise I get the impression that Sony have cleared up on that front as well. However I may be simply be still blown away by the visual aspects of the film.
The film comes in two discs and for some strange reason the film is on Disc 2 (Odds and sods on Disc 1) However there is nothing to tell you exactly which discs hosts the film. The special features on Disc 1 is a pop vox type featurette which displays little snippets of trivia as the film plays in a small window. (Did you know that the music was composed by the father of Jean Michel Jarre, the man behind Oxygene)
Inside the cassette (Is that the right term for the case?) you find 3 pieces of paper, one an advert for Blue ray classics (Ground hog day a classic?) One for My movie Xtras (complete with code) and something called Ultraviolet (Again with code) which allows you to download the film from the net onto a PC/Tablet or mobile phone.
Today in the Times they aired a story about how the film industry is suffering a downturn and that one of the reasons why, is the lack of quality films. David Lean using unknown actors as his lead, using no CGI made one of the best films of all time a film which has stood the test of time. Earlier on this year with much anticipation I went to the local picture house to watch 'John Carter' a film of the books I read during the 70s. A film I should add cost $250,000,000. Put it this way it wasn't just the 3D glasses which gave me a headache. In contrast LOA cost $15 million. I don't think many people will be waxing lyrical about 'John Carter in 2062.
For those of you who have been brought up on a diet of special effects, weak acting and terrible sound tracks which nobody ever remembers,(Never mind whistles) give LOA a shot. At the price it is selling for, it is much more of a bargain than so called blockbusters costing much more. Me, I am most impressed.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2012 09:14:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Sep 2012 09:22:20 BDT
Jon Powell says:
You're spot on. But, I don't hold out much hope that Hollywood will ever again put out grand visions like Lawrence or anything half as good. They've become too used to computer effects and the money it saves them. Also, today's movies (early 1990's on) seem to have become commodities, as they don't have a grand feeling as they once did, and produce too many. But the biggest reason future movies will never approach past ones is that directors/producers grow-up and learn from the world they are born into. Sadly, they are getting born into the cgi and commoditized film world. The bright side is we now have blu-ray bring to life LOA and hundreds more that were created during the zenith of film making.
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 18:53:43 BDT
R. Yeatman says:
Thank you for mentioning the fact that the film is on Disc 2 - that had me confused for ages!
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