Written May 24, 2015
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 September 01, 2015
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 28, 2014
After the screening yesterday, I felt I'd just seen the most pristine print projected of this film. Loved all the extra's beforehand and Scorsese's insights. Unsure if our theatre was projecting a true Super Panavision in 70mm or not, but felt enveloped in the screen, sound and imagery.
Written April 18, 2015
My first Fathom Event.The print and sound were so pristine it took my breath away. My theater was quite crowded. This was a once in a lifetime chance to see the movie the way it was meant to be seen and heard. I don't care how big your TV set is, you can never duplicate the feeling in a theater full of appreciative enthusiasts. Now if they would only do the same kind of restoration with SPARTACUS, it would bring peace to the world as we know it.
Written August 02, 2015
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!