Written March 05, 2015
I saw this film when it was first released in 1962, and it stirred my imagination as a child.
I saw it again when it was 'restored' in 1988, which was also inspiring and moving-- but it was nothing to compare to the beauty, clarity, and amazing visual and auditory impact of this current digital restoration.
The introductory informational films were helpful (if a bit lengthy on the technical side), and the greeting by a senior and frail, but still eloquent Omar Sharif was quite touching (they probably could not get the awesome Peter O'Toole to do it, as he has firmly stated that he is now retired from acting!).
The discussion by Martin Scorcese -- despite his quirky speech mannerisms -- was interesting for pointing to the subtleties of O'Toole's skillful portrayal of a complex and ambivalent historical character
It is a shame that this presentation is not being offered as more than a one-day promotional event. It was worth every minute of the four hours spent in the theater.
Written April 27, 2015
What nerve! Movie never shown. Apparently hard-drive didn't work so after 30 minutes of sitting and waiting received a refund and a sorry. Will never participate in Fathom Events again.
Written October 28, 2014
After the screening yesterday, I felt I'd just seen the most pristine print projected of this film. Loved all the extra's beforehand and Scorsese's insights. Unsure if our theatre was projecting a true Super Panavision in 70mm or not, but felt enveloped in the screen, sound and imagery.
Written April 18, 2015
My first Fathom Event.The print and sound were so pristine it took my breath away. My theater was quite crowded. This was a once in a lifetime chance to see the movie the way it was meant to be seen and heard. I don't care how big your TV set is, you can never duplicate the feeling in a theater full of appreciative enthusiasts. Now if they would only do the same kind of restoration with SPARTACUS, it would bring peace to the world as we know it.
Written January 26, 2015
Wow. Wow. Wow. In a certain sense I just saw Lawrence of Arabia for the first time tonight. While I’ve seen it in a theater before (twice I think), that print did not compare to this new digital restoration. It looked like it might have been shot just this year, not 50 years ago.
The crystal clear picture doesn’t just make the cinematography shine brighter though. The acting also really benefits, not that the performances weren’t amazing before. Now every twitch or flick of the eyes is there to add even more depth.
A few shots were clearly taken from lower quality negatives and some audio looping done for the reconstruction in ‘88 really stood out (in a way I don’t remember noticing before). Overall though this new restoration truly presents it the way it should be seen. If it makes it back into theaters again, go