Written July 25, 2014
Fathom Events PPV screenings drop the ball a LOT. Some come off just plain cheesy. NOT today. This event as screened with complete orchestra intro, interlude and intermission was so exceptional as to nearly be impossible to describe. I first saw this film on the screen when I was just a child. Seeing it again, in this most extraordinary restored format was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had at the movies. For anyone who might doubt the sincerity of my accolade, I see hundreds of movies a year in theaters all around the world. I'm not a critic, it's what I do for fun. I've been doing this for a decade and a half, so I don't lavish praise upon very many films or events, but this one was just extraordinary, a genuine exception in every way. I HOPE Fathom will do an encore (I know I'll be there) but even if they don't, this restoration will be available on DVD in November. It is THE greatest treasure of film that exists. Buy it, see it, you'll never forget it.
Written September 19, 2014
This was a one day only showing of the digitally restored Lawrence of Arabia, one of the great movies of all time. Hopefully after the big new Blue Ray set comes out in November they will re-release it to the theaters.
If they do - go. This is a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen, as well as savored slowly at home.
IF you've never seen it, it has amazing cinematography... not special effects, real moving pictures taken with a camera that will blow your socks off.
The editing and time are used to teach classes in editing and timing - check them out too.
The directing is wonderful. The vast difference between the scope of history, the limitless view of the desert and the intensely personal internal, if slightly insane battle going on inside of Lawrence are balanced marvelously by Lean.
Read the list of actors - they are all wonderful. And don't miss Claude Rains at about 70 stealing the show with his understated performance.
If it's re-released - SEE IT.
Written August 31, 2014
Although I have seen this film several times already before going to the 50th anniversary premiere on Oct. 4th, each time there is something new about it that makes me appreciate it even more.
This movie defines grand epics in a way that no other film ever could before, or ever has since in my opinion. The fact that it deals with actual history (mostly accurate, with only some dramatization), and that too about events in a region whose repercussions are still being felt today, makes it all the more impactful.
Every scene and dialogue is so superbly crafted, that when you stand back and think of what it must have taken to make this film, it totally blows your mind.
Not to mention such an incredible cast of actors delivering riveting performances to the point that you don't even feel the time go by, despite the fact that the movie is 4+ hours long.
If you want to enjoy a truely historic epic with very personable and strong characters, then watch this.
Written October 01, 2014
One of my favorite movies and it was great to see it remastered and re-released. Seeing it on the big screen made a huge difference. My only complaint is that the showtime was for 7pm but the behind-the-scenes and interviews were already running at 6:45. We missed most of the interviews, which was disappointing. I'm guessing these started running shortly after 6. For future Fandango events the showtimes should be adjusted so that the showtime includes the interviews/behind the scenes. Other than that this was a great experience! I hope theaters re-release more classics like this.
Written August 28, 2014
This was absolutely incredible. From the pre-film documentary on the painstaking restoration, through the film itself, it was like seeing the film and hearing the soundtrack for the first time. If you're a fan of classic movies, you MUST see this one at it's next showing. Martin Scorsese's pre-film commentary was priceless.