Written October 31, 2014
No need to review the movie, it's been around for about 45 years and it's a timeless classic, but seeing it on the big screen for the first time in my life, in the newly restored 4K digital high-def resolution with 6 channel surround was amazing. I have a pretty nice 55" LCD in my room and a nice sound system, but you can't even begin to compare the two.
It's a shame this was a one day only event, I'm sure a lot of people missed it that would like to have seen it but couldn't get away that day. It was just blind luck that I just happened to open a weekly spam email that I get from Fandango, which I never do, and just happened to notice that this movie was playing one day only on the same day I opened the email. They should've at least had 2 different dates to provide people with an option.
Written October 05, 2012
David Lean's Lawrence is one of those movies you have to see on screen. Sweeping, poignant and magical at times, it does what movies do best: paints a picture of this figure from history highlighting events that are not as well known. Peter O'toole career defining role at Lawrence shows warts and all, and it is interesting for a movie 50 years old to subtly tackle his sexual preference. It is a movie that should be taken out every few years and rerun in the theater like a beloved copy of a book.
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 November 21, 2014
I was just a baby when "Lawrence of Arabia" first came out. But even so, I love old movies. I had never actually seen the movie from start to finish. When it has been on TV in the past. I always seemed to pick it up in the middle, and had to leave before the movie was over. When the email came about this event, I jumped on it, and took dear old Dad with me. He didn't remember a lot of the movie from 50 years ago, but was awed just the same as I was. Had to put up with a few technical difficulties, but it was worth it. In a nutshell, it was AWESOME!!! TV does not do this movie justice. It has to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated. The sweeping desert scenes, and the epic battles were beautifully mastered to be realistically portrayed. T. E. Lawrence was an extraordinary man who did extraordinary things, to die so simply. Not to diminish Gregory Peck's performance in the "To Kill A Mockingbird", but Peter O'Toole should have won the Best Actor Oscar that year.