Written April 26, 2017
What can one say about this film that hasn't been written? One of the ten greatest films on anyone's list.
The restoration is stunning, visually and audibly. I was even able to identify the Ondes Martenot (an early electronic synthesizer which Jarre frequently included in his score),
If you have friends who haven't seen this, drag them to a showing, kicking and screaming if necessary, next time this plays on a big screen near you. While it may look great on blu-ray, it was designed for the Big Screen.
Lawrence along with the live screenings of Gance's Napoleon earlier this year were the cinema events of the decade.
Surely Lean and Jarre would be pleased. It is written.
Written April 29, 2017
I last saw Lawrence on the big screen in 1965.
I love the movie and have it on DVD (the remastered box set).
Had it on VHS before that.
But there is no substitute for seeing it (and hearing it - the score is great) on the big screen.
Since its been so long since I've seen the film version on the big screen, I couldn't comment on how the digital version would compare.
But the desert scenes were still grand and made the story, which is a fantastic retelling of an interesting bit of world history. A bit of history which reverberates loudly today.
And the story of an enigmatic Englishman.
Very glad I went.
Its still just as long!!
Written March 23, 2017
excellent technical quality to the movie and sound.
a movie classic that soars above all others.
I saw it when it was first shown 50 years ago - the digital restoration is great. I only wish I could have the same opportunity for restoration :)
Written March 30, 2017
I first saw this magnificent movie as a kid with my parents in the movies 50 years ago. I remember thinking that this was an awfully long movie. That thought did not occur to me this time, no doubt partly due to growing up, and partly due to the quality of the movie and to the unequalled scenery. The digitally restored copy was perfect, and while I rate this as "must go," the showing will not be repeated and customers will simply have to purchase the new Blu-ray copy coming out in the near future.
This is definitely not a movie for kids, simply because of the length. For people whose last experience of it was when it first came out it's a must-see, as well as for Peter O'Toole fans. A large number of prominent actors was in the movie, from O'Toole to Anthony Quinn, Sir Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Claude Rains to name a few.
My date and I are part of the generation who first saw this movie, so it was a thrill for us, and the scenery is thrilling for all viewers. Perfect.
Written December 07, 2016
I loved "Lawrence of Arabia." Make no mistake, the script is poignant and hilarious, the cinematography is worthy of a spot in the Louvre and the acting is something to be cherished. The movie in many ways is one long love letter to the landscape; with the rest gravitating between an engrossing character study and a deeply trenchant exploration of what made the Middle East what it is. But if you have never seen the movie before, don't watch it in this format. It was my first exposure to "Lawrence" and the exploratory joy of it was in large part robbed from me. The film itself was preceded by a full 30 minutes of picking it apart, going on and on about the film's artistic and cultural impacts in ways that while interesting, are deeply disingenuous to the first-time experience. If I'd already seen the film it would have been fine for the background but for those who haven't, you must watch the film first before going to a screening like this lest you miss out on what is truly unique.