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Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  [Region Free]
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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 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.
- 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
- “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
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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 FosterSee all Product description
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Audio options are the original English track and a Spanish dub, while the subtitles are in English, Hindi and Spanish. Unsurprisingly for a movie with a running time of nearly four hours, the majority of the bonus features are bundled on a second blu ray disc. A must for lovers of the movie, these include an hour-long 'making of' documentary, featuring archive interviews with some of the key players involved in the film, including David Lean himself, a wonderful 20-minute featurette from 2009 with Peter O'Toole reminiscing over the film's production, and a short segment with Steven Spielberg, who declares Lawrence of Arabia to be his favourite film of all time. Can't argue with that. Essential.
Compared to modern movies the lack of CGI is a real breath of fresh air; real people in real locations filmed by a director and movie making team at the top of their game.
Pacing in a 4 hour movie is always going to be a problem, however in something this visually impressive you won't want it to end.
Oh .... some folk can get political and silly about it, but thats noise for the dry academics, and the drama queens. This film is for posterity, and a record of amazing - if at times barbarous - moments in history. For all the latter, it was still a remarkable achievement by the Arab irregulars, and its this film, that ensures that does not get forgotten by the revisionists as time marches on.
The film-craft and photography are quite remarkable, even more so after the remastering to match with current 4K technologies. It is a true, if somewhat hackneyed phrase ...... " They don't make 'em like they used to" ...... If you are one of the newer generations who have not yet bought, or even heard of, this masterpiece of historical film-craft .... do so without hesitation. Just make sure you store away some copies - particularly burnt onto CDs - so you have them in your old age.
Its highly likely this masterpiece will still be top of the ratings even then. A remarkable film.
NOTE: For the first few minutes only, the music will be played with your screen blank. Have no fear, be patient and the movie will eventually come on and your enjoyment will begin.
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I must have gone to the cinemas and watched it so many times and now just as many times at home. Bored ?Read more
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