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Lawrence of Arabia

(Blu-ray Disc - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity.
Title: Lawrence of Arabia
[videorecording (Blu-ray)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2012.
Characteristics: 2 Blu-ray discs (ca. 227 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Secrets of Arabia: a picture-in-graphics track ; Peter O'Toole revisits "Lawrence of Arabia" ; making of ; a conversation with Steven Spielberg ; Maan, Jordan: the camels are cast ; In search of Lawrence ; Romance of Arabia ; Wind, sand and star: the making of a classic (1970 version) ; original newsreel footage of the New York premiere ; theatrical advertising campaigns.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1962.
Summary: The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, 1963: Best picture (Sam Spiegel) ; Best director (David Lean) ; Best music, score (Maurice Jarre) ; Best cinematography, color (Freddie Young) ; Best film editing (Anne V. Coates) ; Best sound (John Cox) ; Best art direction-set decoration, color (John Box, John Stoll, Dario Simoni)
Additional Contributors: O'Toole, Peter - 1932-2013
Sharif, Omar - 1932-
Kennedy, Arthur - 1914-1990.
Rains, Claude - 1889-1967.
Quayle, Anthony - 1913-1989.
Ferrer, José - 1912-1992.
Hawkins, Jack - 1910-1973.
Quinn, Anthony - 1915-2001.
Guinness, Alec - 1914-2000.
Wilson, Michael - 1914-1978.
Bolt, Robert
Lean, David - 1908-1991.
Spiegel, Sam
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia ; the Sam Spiegel-David Lean production ; screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; directed by David Lean
Credits: Director of photography, F.A. Young. ; editor, Anne V. Coates ; music composed by Maurice Jarre ; orchestrations by Gerard Schurmann ; sound editor, Winston Ryder.
Performers: Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole.
System Details: Blu-ray disc; 1080p High Definition; regions A,B,C; anamorphic widescreen (2.20.1) presentation; 5.1 DTS-HD MA, 5.1 Dolby Digital; requires Blu-ray player.
Other Language: English (5.1 DTS-HD MA), dubbed French (5.1 Dolby Digital) or dubbed Japanese (5.1 Dolby Digital) dialogue; English, Arabic, Dutch, French or Japanese subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Middle East History 20th century Drama. World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns Middle East Drama. World War, 1914-1918 Arabian Peninsula Drama. Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935 Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Historical films
Fiction films.
Epic films.
Biographical films
Action and adventure films.
War films
Feature films.
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: 16990
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Jun 30, 2014
  • Zhanna8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it is not just an amazing epic movie that was beautifully and talently done; it is a part of the world history with a broader picture with nuances of politics, economics, and people as well as world's wars logistics/calculations... 5***** (needless to say)

May 21, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Lawrence of Arabia" is a Five Plus Star Movie for me. It is sweeping in scoop and has wonderful locations shot of the Middle East. We must remember that this film was for wide screen theaters. The small screen keeps us from feeling the magnitude of the scenes of the screen. If you haven't seen "Lawrence of Arabia" please take a copy home. If you then agree with my Five Start Plus review, please add your comments to this sight.

May 03, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hands down this is my favorite classic film of all time, and the movie that benchmarked Peter O Toole as a major name in motion pictures. Absolutely magnificent in scope, Lawrence has among it's many accolades, the finest screen cinematography to be displayed in film. The story is told as only an established director such as David Lean could tell it. My favorite moment, is where Lawrence and his soldiers of the cause blow up the train. I had the opportunity to rewatch this in theatres a couple years ago and it was like seeing this film for the first time. I was amazed all over again. The small screen doesnt do this film justice, and viewing it on a large screen adds to the awe and grandeur. My hope is that if you are a serious film buff, this is a movie you do see when you get a chance. Incredible film.

Feb 04, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Only Doctor Zhivago is a better movie. The contrast in characters between Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole is played incredibly well. How star actors nowadays would even ride a camel much less at a lope! Truly a MUST movie to see--and hear. I have watched both movies at least half dozen times each since first made--and will keep doing so!

This is #14 from my research into the top classic English language films. It is epic in scope with Peter O'Toole commanding almost every scene. It is the top war film, followed by Schindler's List at #21. See my GerryD Lists for more classic films.

Nov 30, 2011
  • emilioj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great script, although not accurate to history. Excellent music score! Tremendous acting by all! Try to view at least once a year.

Jun 30, 2011
  • swallowtailcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Lawrence of Arabia. The movie is dramatic, fascinating, and full of adventure, action and a pair of very revealing blue eyes. A must watch! Plus, young Peter O'Toole is such a hottie!

Feb 25, 2011
  • bobfrombob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In response to the comment below, the music to open and close the first and second half of the movie play for about 5 minutes over a black screen. But the version I got from Ottawa library definitely included the second half.

Great picture.

Apr 04, 2010
  • ritakim rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This DVD does not have the whole movie on it. The 2nd part, after the intermission, is missing completely.

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Jun 30, 2011
  • swallowtailcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

T.E. Lawrence: Do you think I'm just anybody, Ali? Do you?

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