Written August 20, 2014
There is more than enough written about the excellence of David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," and the Fathom Events showing last night at the Hoffman Theaters in Alexandria, VA was a great setting for its 50th anniversary observance. The 4K digitalization of the film was remarkable and I found even more to appreciate in it as the movie unfolded.
One caveat: the Hoffman complex holds multiple theaters, so the one next door to us was showing the latest "Resident Evil" movie. Unfortunately, several quieter moments in "Lawrence," such as the initial meeting at the well between Lawrence & Ali, were ruined by the fighting of lycans, vampires, zombies, etc., that could be heard through the walls. Theater complexes should try to separate special showings such as "Lawrence" from other films so such sound bleed-through is lessened.
Written September 21, 2014
I first saw Lawrence of Arabia in Apr. '63 when I was a girl. Of course I fell in love with Peter O'Toole and the film itself. All-time favorite; I've loved it since then.
The 50th Anniversary Event last night - Blu-Ray, 4K remastered - is beautiful. On the large screen again. One of the (few) truly great classics of all time; and the beauty of what Sony/Blu-Ray/4K has done is just remarkable in every way. Since the 1988-'89 restoration was magical I couldn't even imagine that this would be - yes - beyond magical.
The film is so clear, so lovely that - no matter how many times I have seen it - it is like seeing it better & greater than ever before. Nothing compares with it & never will.
The clarity & beauty of Mr. Lean's iconic masterpiece; the beauty of a great actor in his destined, iconic role has truly brought so much joy to a woman with such happy, personal memories of years ago.
Thank you very much.
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 May 24, 2015
I've seen this movie about 20 times, but was amazed to see it in the theater for the first time. The technology is fantastic, with a clarity of image that was really astounding. But more than that, the story had more relevance than ever due to the current political conditions in the Middle East. Really a tremendous experience.