Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

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Director: David Lean

Cast: David Lean, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn


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Director David Lean's epic film of the life of one of England's most interesting soldiers is now available in a single disc format. Thankfully you can see this film as it's meant to be seen, in an Anamorphic widescreen 2.20:1 aspect ratio. The audio is also pretty good, in English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital stereo with subtitles in English, Spanish,… See more details below

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Director David Lean's epic film of the life of one of England's most interesting soldiers is now available in a single disc format. Thankfully you can see this film as it's meant to be seen, in an Anamorphic widescreen 2.20:1 aspect ratio. The audio is also pretty good, in English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital stereo with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai. There aren't a lot of extras on this one because it's such a long film, but it is available in a 2-disc set if you're looking for more.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Decades after its initial theatrical release, Lawrence of Arabia remains the quintessential movie epic: lavish, sweeping, and literate, played against a grand historical backdrop and peopled with sharply drawn characters. The Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 1962, it also earned an Oscar for director David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai), whose command of filmmaking technique was never more aptly demonstrated. Peter O’Toole achieved international stardom following his portrayal of T. E. Lawrence, the enigmatic British intelligence officer who participated in a 1916 Arab revolt against Turkish oppressors and became a legendary figure throughout the Middle East. The arduous desert campaign is detailed with scope and style, and though Lean and screenwriter Robert Bolt never quite get a handle on their charismatic but cryptic protagonist, they limn memorable secondary characters like Omar Sharif’s fiery rebel chieftain, Alec Guinness’s crafty Arab prince, and Jack Hawkins’s stolid British general. A meticulously crafted film, truly a feast for the eyes and ears, Lawrence of Arabia is also a rousing adventure guaranteed to stir the emotions. The long-awaited DVD version is newly remastered from fully restored film elements and includes four Lawrence featurettes in addition to original newsreel footage of Lawrence himself, as well as a conversation with director and Lawrence fan Steven Spielberg.
All Movie Guide
More of a sensory explosion than a simple movie, Lawrence of Arabia is epic in every sense of the word. Its images--of the desert, of the blinding sun, of Peter O'Toole's golden hair and staggeringly blue eyes--are some of the most memorable ever committed to celluloid, and its musical score remains almost unparalleled in its ability to evoke so many associations with a few simple notes. A richly detailed character portrait rather than a biography or an adventure film, Lawrence is the tale of a man at the mercy of both the desert and his own grand ambitions. As played by O'Toole in a star-making performance, Lawrence was a man whose character was defined as much by sexual ambivalence and thorny enigma as by his considerable vision and will -- in other words, a conflicted, fascinating figure whose personality tended both to inspire and to eclipse his cause. It is fitting that a man larger than life should have his story presented as an epic, and equally fitting that this epic is set in the desert, the only stage magnificent and unforgiving enough to showcase Lawrence's persona. Lawrence of Arabia is almost as remarkable for the story behind it as for the story visible on the screen. Director David Lean's handling of his material is legendary, from days spent on location waiting for the "right" sunrise to his staging of several key scenes, most notably that of the desert mirage that slowly evolves from speck to man. That shot alone could have made the film a legend, conveying the mystery, brutality, and scope of the desert just by remaining still and silent. Lean's respect for the desert is evident in every scene: rather than attempting to manipulate it, he lets it speak for itself. The result is one of the cinema's most iconic visual feasts, perhaps even more so because it was one of the last films to be shot in 70mm (as opposed to being blown up to 70mm from 35mm). Restored and re-released in 1989, 27 years after its initial release, Lawrence was still as beautiful and turbulent as its title character, stunning new and old viewers alike.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & Anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Protuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Animated & interactive menus; Scene selections; Feature length approximately 217 minutes. (Approximately 227 minutes including overture, entr'acte and exit music)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness Prince Feisal
Anthony Quinn Auda abu Tayi
Jack Hawkins Gen. Allenby
Omar Sharif Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Claude Rains Mr. Dryden
José Ferrer Turkish Bey
Anthony Quayle Col. Harry Brighton
Arthur Kennedy Jackson Bentley
Donald Wolfit Gen. Murray
I.S. Johar Gasim
Michael Ray Farraj
Gamil Ratib Majid
John Dimech Daud
Hugh Miller RAMC Colonel
Harry Fowler Cpl. Potter
Jack Hedley Reporter
Kenneth Fortescue Allenby's Aide
Howard Marion-Crawford Medical Officer
Zia Mohyeddin Tafas
Henry Oscar Reciter
Norman Rossington Corporal Jenkins
John Ruddock Elder Harith
Fernando Sancho Turkish Sergeant
Stuart Saunders Regimental Sergeant Major
Jack Gwyllim Club Secretary

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Producer
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Anne V. Coates Editor
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Day Camera Operator
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Tony Masters Production Designer
John Palmer Production Manager
Charles Parker Makeup
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Tony Rimmington Asst. Director
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Maude Spector Casting
Sam Spiegel Producer
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
John Stoll Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Wilson Screenwriter
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [6:10]
2. Death of a Legend [3:19]
3. On Staff, in Cairo [2:55]
4. Dryden & Murray [1:51]
5. A Chat With the General [2:07]
6. "Find Prince Feisal" [1:17]
7. The Desert Journey Begins [4:31]
8. Friendship [4:28]
9. Ali at the Well [10:01]
10. Colonel Brighton [2:04]
11. What Modern Weapons Do [5:00]
12. In Feisal's Tent [5:38]
13. "Time To Be Great Again" [2:53]
14. "We Need a Miracle" [2:43]
15. "The Nefud Cannot Be Crossed!" [1:19]
16. "In Whose Name Do You Ride?" [2:38]
17. At the Oasis [:26]
18. "That Is the Railway" [1:50]
19. "You Were Drifting" [1:42]
20. Lost in the Desert [9:59]
21. Rescue of Gasim [3:49]
22. "Nothing is Written" [2:08]
23. El Aurens [3:46]
24. Robes of a Sharif [2:02]
25. Auda aby Tayi & Son [2:39]
26. Ali Vs. Auda [2:07]
27. "Dine With Me at Wadi Rum!" [5:34]
28. Execution of Gasim [7:55]
29. Attack on Akaba [3:38]
30. "The Miracle Is Accomplished" [2:25]
31. No Gold in Akaba [3:13]
32. Quicksand [4:23]
33. Suez Canal [:40]
34. The Officers' Bar [3:13]
35. General Allenby [3:01]
36. Planning the Campaign [4:10]
37. Entr'acte [6:37]
38. Jackson Bently, Journalist [4:47]
39. Destroying the Turkish Railway [4:19]
40. "It's Clean" [6:24]
41. Something Honorable [7:28]
42. Detonator [1:52]
43. Capture in Deraa [4:09]
44. "Beat Him" [6:32]
45. "Sleep... Eat" [1:02]
46. "Any Man Is What I Am" [4:43]
47. Entering Jerusalem [3:02]
48. A Clash of Temperment [:58]
49. Bodyguard [2:23]
50. British Staff Meeting [3:05]
51. Roads to Damascus [5:28]
52. "No Prisoners!" [3:22]
53. Chaos in Damascus [:59]
54. Turkish Hospital [2:52]
55. Going Home [9:26]
56. End Credits & Exit Music [8:27]

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