Written January 26, 2015
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
Written March 02, 2015
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.
Written October 05, 2012
I've seen this movie about 20 times, but was amazed to see it in the theater for the first time. The technology is fantastic, with a clarity of image that was really astounding. But more than that, the story had more relevance than ever due to the current political conditions in the Middle East. Really a tremendous experience.
Written November 22, 2014
At age seven, my mother took me and my older brother to see Lawrence of Arabia (spring 1963) at [I think] Uptown Theater in DC. I saw the 1989 restoration at the Uptown, and last night I saw the even more beautiful restoration at Balston Cinema in Arlington at 7 PM showing. After the screeing was over, the audience of 40-50 erupted in spontaneous applause. Truly the epic masterpiece of all time. It may have the greatest ever cast/characters in Peter O'Toole, Omar Shariif, Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, and Arthur Kennedy, and the most spectacular and honest battle scenes. It's prescient in dealing with dyamics of Arab nationalism (Washington Post headline that day on Turksih reprisals against Syria), the arrogance of British colonialism (e.g., all time classic scene where Lawrence and the Arab boy cause an uproar at the British officer's club).
Written October 30, 2014
They don't make movies like this anymore, so, it's worth your while to go and get absorbed into a movie. the score to the movie is classic and also absorbing....
the photography is stunning. the digitally restored movie on the big screen makes you experience these movies we might have only seen on television in a whole new encompassing format.
i enjoy the Fathom events, this is the third one i've attended. the first was the Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall. Again, it was incredible!!!!
thank you for the restoration and Fathom. thank you for bringing it to the big screen.