Written August 31, 2015
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 August 30, 2014
Seeing it on the big screen really shows that they were in...a desert! Either the big picture...or the restoration...or both...makes you almost feel like you're there. Another thing the big screen lends, which you don't get on the DVDs, is the scale of the locations: those rock mountains in the desert were huge! I am so glad I saw my favorite movie on the big screen. It was spectacular.
Written May 27, 2015
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.
Written October 31, 2014
I'd often thought I would like to see "Lawrence of Arabia" on a big screen and now I finally have, thanks to TCM. The movie was impactfull and I finally understand this story in history. The cinimatography is incredible. The musical score is hauntingly beautiful. I highly reccomend seeing this movie on a big screen. It is an experience in itself!
Written January 26, 2015
The movie was AMAZING! I was a first time viewer of this film (don't know why) but was entranced the whole time. The restoration truly made you feel like you were there. The scenes were magnificent and the acting, well what can I say. Truly some of the greatest actors ever. Would highly recommend! Great job! Look forward to purchasing this when it comes out in November for my home collection.