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Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version) 1989

Winner of 7 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.

Starring:
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness
Runtime:
3 hours, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director David Lean
Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness
Supporting actors Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, I.S. Johar, Gamil Ratib, Michel Ray, John Dimech, Zia Mohyeddin, Howard Marion-Crawford, Jack Gwillim, Hugh Miller, Robert Rietty, John Barry
Studio Columbia Pictures
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
yes i know what your thinking , i already own this film on DVD etc but should i buy it again on Blu-ray ?, yes you should. Its a film i love and know a bit too well ,but even i was blown away by how good this looks , its hard not to use the word sumptuous ,ok i just did, but the sound the colour the sharpness is stunning !

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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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
The film is spectacular and doesn't need another glowing review from me.

What I do want to point out is that when you "buy" the film on a Fire TV you don't actually download a copy and own it as one would expect, you just have the right to stream it as often as you like. This would be fine if the movie actually streamed in UHD, but despite having a 38Mbps broadband service (which actually runs at nearly the stated speed) and a suitable TV, the film only streams in HD quality (720p) not even 1080p. I thought that the point of having an SD card in the back of the Fire TV was to be able to keep movies and games, but it seems I'm wrong. Buy the Blu-Ray for less than a third of the price, actually own what you've bought and get better picture quality! £18.99 wasted!Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [1962] [Region Free]
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Format: DVD
I went to my son's house for Easter and instead of sitting down to watch the latest action flick (His great joke is treating me to films that I would never watch on my own.), I discovered to my great pleasure that the evening's entertainment was "Lawrence of Arabia." As my son set up the DVD, he said, "Don't you remember? You took us to see it when we were kids." I had forgotten.

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.
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Format: VHS Tape
From the success of Bridge over the river Kwai, David Lean settled on the story of Colonel T.E Lawrence or Ned to his family and friends, with which to once again captivate and entrance his cinematic public. Perhaps Mr Lean did not anticipate the size of the task that awaited him as if had it might have put him off.
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.
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