Excerpt: Director David Lean imposed the vision, nearly as ambitious as Lawrence’s, except that Lean succeeded. Screenwriter Robert Bolt supplied the seamless structure and witty dialogue. Cinematographer Freddie Young harnessed the desert’s light, heat, and vast, magical, desolate terrain into a 65mm viewframe.
Excerpt: During World War I, British Army lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, The Stunt Man ) is dispatched from Cairo to the Arab desert to report on the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks, led by Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ). Over the next few years, Lawrence begins to build a guerilla army and personally leads the Arabs in battle against the Turks, struggling with the horrors of war and the way that violence appears to be...
Conclusion: 'Lawrence of Arabia' is a true masterpiece of old school epic Hollywood filmmaking. A journey into the the heart and mind of one man, a historical figure both mythic and human. As a Blu-ray, the video features a breathtaking and lush restoration that's just shy of perfect, and a robust expanded-stereo audio experience. Special Features are well done, and while we've seen much of it before, there are a couple new features.
Conclusion: Lawrence of Arabia is nothing if not spectacular. David Lean's epic continues to resonate fifty years later as cinematic expression of the most ambitious order. Sony's Blu-ray offers an extraordinary feature presentation and a strong collection of extras. It's not the definitive release; the Gift Set seems closer to that, but will set you back around $50 more. If you like the movie enough to want to own it on Blu-ray, the two-disc set will do the job just fine.
Lawrence of Arabia: Fiftieth Anniversary Limited Edition
14 November 2012
Excerpt: As our own Dr. Jahnke has already quite capably reviewed both this film and the 2-disc Blu-ray edition , I’ll focus on the Fiftieth Anniversary Limited Edition box set in this review and the specific differences between the two BD versions. Packaged in a gorgeous and oversized slipcase reminiscent of the laserdisc box sets of old, this deluxe version of Lawrence includes the regular 2-disc Blu-ray (the film in HD plus an additional disc of special features) and adds two...
Excerpt: The first time I saw Lawrence of Arabia was in 1989. The film had just been restored to a stunning, then-state-of-the-art 70MM, Dolby Stereo print. I stayed in my seat as the Exit Music played, thrilled by the spectacle I’d just seen and awed that I had just seen a movie with an Overture, Intermission and Exit Music. At that moment, I swore I would never, ever watch this film on a television.
Summary: He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew. Looking back and writing on a film like Lawrence of Arabia with anything other than some form of pointed criticism seems almost an exercise in futility; it's been praised and praised some more, but few -- rare, extremely rare -- are the films that can withstand so much acclaim and actually live up to that level of hype and hold up under so much micro-scrutiny, all over the course of decades, through countless viewings, and...
Excerpt: In the midst of World War I, a young British lieutenant named T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) has become tired of his current assignment, in which he colors maps and such. As such, he leaps at the chance to take on a new position and in this case, he works as an observer with Price Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab military leader.