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Review of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

By Veronica0
Written October 05, 2012
Saw it last night. This isn't a full review, just wanted to tell readers you have to see this film. I've seen several times before, but this restored version is stunning. I can't find enough words to describe how spectacular it looks. The film is a masterpiece,one of the best films ever made. It's three hours and it never lost my rapt attention for one minute. The lead, O'Toole is mesmerizing. The story compelling. The desert is a character in and of itself. It's a story of a hero, although a flawed one. It's a story of country-building, a story of leadership. And it's just entertaining as hell. Everyone must see this film once in their life, and this version on the big screen should be it. Also, the introductory section on how the film was restored, what the problems were, what they fixed was very interesting. I saw the 1988 earlier restored version and they talked about that too. Today's technology allowed them to do things they couldn't before.
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"It's clean."

By WaCKo42
Written October 05, 2012
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
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Great movie made even better with digital restoration

By move_eze
Written October 15, 2012
I have seen Lawrence of Arabia a number of times, but only on television. To see it on the big screen was a great experience. The digital restoration was incredible - it looked like the movie was filmed yesterday instead of 50 years ago. Truly amazing.
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Restored Lawrence

By bartrosenberg
Written October 05, 2012
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.
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Faulty Advertising

By mcclainx
Written October 05, 2012
Both Fandango and Universal Citywalk misled in their advertising. This was promoted to be screened in the IMAX stadium seating theatre, but it was screened in just a regular theatre! As my first time seeing this epic film, I was EXTREMELY disappointed at both Citywalk and Fandango. Though, frankly, I should not be surprised with ****** Walk, as it is never a good experience having to brave the sea of yahoos you have to contend with when you go there. Film was great, make no mistake, but I would have held out to see it on a larger screen had I known they were shoving it in a regular theatre. Badly done.
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