Written June 27, 2016
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
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.
Written October 30, 2014
They don't make movies like this anymore, so, it's worth your while to go and get absorbed into a movie. the score to the movie is classic and also absorbing....
the photography is stunning. the digitally restored movie on the big screen makes you experience these movies we might have only seen on television in a whole new encompassing format.
i enjoy the Fathom events, this is the third one i've attended. the first was the Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall. Again, it was incredible!!!!
thank you for the restoration and Fathom. thank you for bringing it to the big screen.
Written February 28, 2015
It was a real treat to see this wonderful movie on the big screen. I was too young to see it in the theater, so even though it ended quite late, it was worth the time and money. The soundtrack, scenery were magnificent. While I largely liked Peter O'toole's performance in some scenes he was over dramatic. His defects could have been more believably demonstrated without the hyper dramatics. Overall however he did a very good job. The other actors in the film were wonderful and were well suited for their roles.
I wish more classic films were returned to the big screen. They are a lot better than the tripe that is largely served today. Imagine no bad language, no nudity? The story stood on its own without the use of cheap animalistic enticements.
Written September 29, 2016
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.