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Lawrence D'Arabia (Ltd Ed) (3 Blu-Ray+Cd+Libro)
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E' la biografia di T.E. Lawrence. Il giovane tenente Lawrence ottiene la carica di osservatore del principe Faisal, capo di un'armata tribale araba. Da semplice osservatore, Lawrence decide di restare per aiutare Faisal. Le sue avventure sono descritte dettagliatamente da Jackson Bentley, un giornalista.
In 1962 Lawrence of Arabia scooped another seven Oscars for David Lean and crew after his previous epic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, had performed exactly the same feat a few years earlier. Supported in this Great War desert adventure by a superb cast including Alex Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole gives a complex, star-making performance as the enigmatic TE Lawrence. The magnificent action and vast desert panoramas were captured in luminous 70mm by Cinematographer Freddie Young, here beginning a partnership with Lean that continued through Dr Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970). Yet what made the film truly outstanding was Robert (A Man For All Seasons) Bolt's literate screenplay, marking the beginning of yet another ongoing collaboration with Lean. The final partnership established was between director and French composer Maurice Jarre, who won one of the Oscars and scored all Lean's remaining films, up to and including A Passage to India in 1984. Fully restored in 1989, this complete version of Lean's masterpiece remains one of cinema's all-time classic visions. --Gary S Dalkin
On the DVD: This vast movie is spread leisurely across two discs, with Maurice Jarre's overture standing in as intermission music for the first track of disc two. But the clarity of the anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby 5.1 soundtrack justify the decision not to cram the whole thing onto one side of a disc. The movie has never looked nor sounded better than here: the desert landscapes are incredibly detailed, with the tiny nomadic figures in the far distance clearly visible on the small screen; the remastered soundtrack, too, is a joy. Thanks are due to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg who supervised (and financed) the restoration of the picture in 1989; on disc two Spielberg chats about why David Lean is his favourite director, and why Lawrence had such a profound influence on him both as a child and as a filmmaker (he regularly re-watches the movie before starting any new project). Other features include an excellent and exhaustive "making-of" documentary with contributions from surviving cast and crew (an avuncular Omar Sharif is particularly entertaining as he reminisces about meeting the hawk-like Lean for the first time), some contemporary featurettes designed to promote the movie and a DVD-ROM facility. The extra features are good--especially the documentary--but the breathtaking quality of both anamorphic picture and digital sound are what make this DVD package a triumph. --Mark Walker -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: VHS Tape.See all Product description
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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. Quayle's sterling performance complements and completes this phenomenal ensemble cast.
Having seen the film several times since 1963, and realizing that my young adult self did not understand the full implications of the story, which I have since come to appreciate, I can well imagine that it was David Lean's sweeping panoramas, Maurice Jarre's haunting musical score which evokes the emptiness of the desert, and the spectacle of the snorting camels, the prancing Arabian horses, and the snappy British military bands that imprinted "Lawrence of Arabia" indelibly into the childhood memories of my son, who was seven years old at the time. Certainly, a tribute to the magic of David Lean's filmmaking.
Lawrence of Arabia is a film split over two discs due to the length. Which is fine, I don't mind switching between discs halfway through the film. Particularly as this film was made with a intermission half way through. So when do you get prompted to change over the discs? 10 minutes BEFORE the intermission!
Columbia-Tristar clearly have donkeys working in their superbit DVD department if this is the kind of idiotic decision they make when mastering a film on a format DESIGNED for people who are 'Film buffs'.
What a wasted opportunity as the film looks and sounds absolutely fabulous in this format, but it is all spoilt by some fools stupid decision on where to place the disc changeover. Why not the Intermission? Is it THAT DIFFICULT?
Once again, don't buy this. Maybe they'll re-release it and do it properly
Visually, great vistas of cinematic opportunity are seized with a very sure conviction that these would work, and they mostly do. The photography rightly won the Oscar, but then it had great locations to work with. Narratively, liberties are taken with the truth, but particularly with realism for dramatic effect, with everyone speaking English instead of the subtitles they would probably use today. The Robert Bolt script is bold as you'd expect, but lacks the restraint of his best works and for me, jars a bit. And Lean always backed his dramatic prowess as well, but in my view with much less reason to do so, as it is the grand dramatic gestures he makes in this film (and others) that reveal many of his flaws listed above.
Yes, to make any piece of dramatic art you are taking a risk with abstracts like human drama, psycological depth, heroicism, pathos and grandeur vying hard not to be overturned by lurking enemies such as sentimentalism, forced drama, unrealistic dialogues, artistic pretentiousness, sensationalim, worthiness, bathos and grandiosity. For me L of A tries just that bit too hard to achieve its greatness, flirting dangerously with the excesses mentioned, and while it is no 'Cleopatora' (1963), it is definitely too 'worthy', self indulgent and just too overdone for my own liking - but what am I, a mere spec in the distance against the mighty dunes of staunch admirers of this rather garish, rather blatant piece of so called great cinema. Of course it was going to win all the Oscars, but then what the hell have that lot ever known about good, entertaining cinema? Attenborough borrowed heavily from the formula to make another very worthy picture twenty years later, and guess what - that won the lion's share of Oscars as well. It just helped confirm what I thought about this sacred cow of a movie.
The actors are all top class.
Views are magnificent.
Historical back ground is most interesting and very much alive even as we speak.
Do not miss the opportunity to buy this true masterpiece.
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