Lawrence of Arabia [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Things ive noticed from one viewing ,1. there are two flys on the light in the 'map room' scene .
2. Peter oToole has a large plaster on his finger in the 'train derailment' scene
3. the scene after Lawrence has been shot in the arm and sat on the Rolls Royce , you can see a tiny spot
blood on the wheel arch were he was sat, nice detail.
4. i know this sounds weird but you can see the dust and snow , its that clear , and of course the desert
looks amazing ,
5,. even the interiors look great , the moziac tiles on the walls of the HQ etc and did you know theres a
huge B/W painting/photograph in the officers mess opposite the bar i know i didn't.
theres lots more but ill let you find them , This film was made to be watched on a big screen and Blu-ray ,if you cant see it projected at a cinema, this is as good as good gets ,buy it and thank me later.
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Completely stunning film with amazing special features. So good this was almost under priced! One of the greatest films you will ever see and its historically accurate, downbeat,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by E C LANE
We only got a Blu-ray player this year and so I am still in the state of looking at what films to get, so I would like to thank a fellow reviewer, Moonraker1979, for pointing out... Read morePublished 25 days ago by M. Dowden
A GREAT MOVIE WORTH THE WATCH IN UHD A BIT ON THE PRICEY BUT OVER ALL WORTH ITPublished 3 months ago by big k