Written May 01, 2017
Seeing David Lean's epic masterpiece restored and on a big screen was a memorable experience. Nothing like it in the last few years.
Stunning visuals and complex, fascinating story. Top cast.
Extras enhanced experience
Written April 26, 2017
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.
Written April 29, 2017
I last saw Lawrence on the big screen in 1965.
I love the movie and have it on DVD (the remastered box set).
Had it on VHS before that.
But there is no substitute for seeing it (and hearing it - the score is great) on the big screen.
Since its been so long since I've seen the film version on the big screen, I couldn't comment on how the digital version would compare.
But the desert scenes were still grand and made the story, which is a fantastic retelling of an interesting bit of world history. A bit of history which reverberates loudly today.
And the story of an enigmatic Englishman.
Very glad I went.
Its still just as long!!
Written June 23, 2017
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 March 30, 2017
I first saw this magnificent movie as a kid with my parents in the movies 50 years ago. I remember thinking that this was an awfully long movie. That thought did not occur to me this time, no doubt partly due to growing up, and partly due to the quality of the movie and to the unequalled scenery. The digitally restored copy was perfect, and while I rate this as "must go," the showing will not be repeated and customers will simply have to purchase the new Blu-ray copy coming out in the near future.
This is definitely not a movie for kids, simply because of the length. For people whose last experience of it was when it first came out it's a must-see, as well as for Peter O'Toole fans. A large number of prominent actors was in the movie, from O'Toole to Anthony Quinn, Sir Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Claude Rains to name a few.
My date and I are part of the generation who first saw this movie, so it was a thrill for us, and the scenery is thrilling for all viewers. Perfect.