Written November 25, 2015
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 February 06, 2016
This movie has been reviewed many times, so I'll stick to the restoration. This is the first film that I have seen which has been restored to this kind of detail. Most movies are cooked in a computer till it looses information, becomes too soft looking and makes the faces look waxy. This movie was a new standard in restoration processes. You actually could see grains of sand and lines and pores on faces. It was probably a cleaner look than it was when it was only on celluloid. No tears, no scratches, no dust, no scene change indicators...it was virtually pristine and utterly beautiful allowing the performances for which this movie is so justly famous to shine through. It's coming onto Blu-ray in November. This is a must have. Any previous versions are seriously inadequate in comparison.
Written June 30, 2016
SOME MOVIES ARE MEANT TO BE SEEN ON THE BIG SCREEN, AT LEAST ONCE. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA IS ONE OF THOSE MOVIES. THE DIGITAL ENHANCEMENT WAS TERRIFIC BUT THE REAL THRILL WAS SEEING THE GRANDNESS OF THE LOCATION FILMING ITSELF. TO THINK THAT THIS WAS FILMED ON LOCATION WITH ACTUAL PEOPLE IS MIND BOGGLING. BUT MOST IMPRESSIVE WAS THE FACT THAT PETER O'TOOLE'S ACTING WOULD BE CONSIDER EXTRAORDINARY FOR A SEASONED ACTOR BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER IT WAS HIS FIRST MAJOR SCREEN ROLE IT IS MIND BLOWING PERFORMANCE. OVERALL, THIS FILM HOLDS UP BEAUTIFULLY AND IS A FILM EVERYONE SHOULD SEE AT LEAST ONCE AND IF POSSIBLE, ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Written November 30, 2015
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 July 01, 2016
I was in my teens when Lawrence was released in 1960. At the time I saw it I loved it and considered it to be the best film ever. Years later I watched it again, twice, and thought it to be one of the best films ever. Yesterday once again confirmed that. The thing that made me sad was that there were only 12 people at the matinee I attended. I felt as if the end of a golden era of film making would never be seen by millions of cinema lovers. Nowadays, because of the MTV and later generations, films have to be agonizingly loud and full of gratuitous action and violence in order to pack the theatres. That's tragic. A long film that gives time to absorb and really study the character of a complex man like Lawrence is one of the best cinematic experiences we can ever give ourselves. The film yesterday was close to 4 hours long and my companions and I had no idea that much time went by. Such magnificence, majesty, sweeping heroism and deeply flawed characters. A true study of human life.