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Lawrence of Arabia (Sous-titres français)

Peter O'Toole , Alec Guinness , David Lean    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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There's no getting around a simple, basic truth: watching Lawrence of Arabia in any home-video format represents a compromise. There's no better way to appreciate this epic biographical adventure than to see it projected in 70 millimeter onto a huge theater screen. That caveat aside, David Lean's masterful "desert classic" is still enjoyable on the small screen, especially if viewed in widescreen format. (If your only option is to view a "pan & scan" version, it's best not to bother; this is a film for which the widescreen format is utterly mandatory.) Peter O'Toole gives a star-making performance as T.E. Lawrence, the eccentric British officer who united the desert tribes of Arabia against the Turks during World War I. Lean orchestrates sweeping battle sequences and breathtaking action, but the film is really about the adventures and trials that transform Lawrence into a legendary man of the desert. Lean traces this transformation on a vast canvas of awesome physicality; no other movie has captured the expanse of the desert with such scope and grandeur. Equally important is the psychology of Lawrence, who remains an enigma even as we grasp his identification with the desert. Perhaps the greatest triumph of this landmark film is that Lean has conveyed the romance, danger, and allure of the desert with such physical and emotional power. It's a film about a man who leads one life but is irresistibly drawn to another, where his greatness and mystery are allowed to flourish in equal measure. --Jeff Shannon

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O'Toole/Guinness/Sharif/Quinn ~ Lawrence Of Arabia


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
RESTORATION:

"We wanted to return this film to as pristine a condition as possible to honour its anniversary release," says Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. The original camera negative was scanned at 8K and the film went through a painstaking process of repairing problems inherent to the 50-year old film elements. Using the latest digital imaging technology, the colour grading and re-mastering was completed in 4K at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainments' digital intermediate facility. "The original negative was seriously damaged in a number of ways, some problems dating from the original release and some accumulated over the years." says Crisp. "But, until now, we did not have the tools available to address these issues. We think fans of the film will be as amazed as we are at the detail and resolution in the imagery captured by cinematographer Freddie Young to compliment David Lean's immaculate direction." How true!!

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Lawrence of Arabia arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.19:1 encode. Now through the high scrutiny lens of blu ray comes an image of the greatness in the look back at Lawrence of Arabia that today requires only the gift of sight to see in all of its filmic glory. Sony's meticulous 4K restoration is not just a treat, it's a revelation and perhaps the definitive blu ray catalogue release, if not the format's finest presentation. It is a beautiful picture, to say the least, every frame lovingly cared for and displayed on blu-ray with the sort of attention to detail and, indeed, flawlessness that a film of this magnitude commands. Sony's picture dazzles from the opening shots of Lawrence speeding down very well-defined pavement and past sharp and accurate foliage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Lawrence Aug. 22 2012
By Argus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Praise is often lavished too readily but for "Lawrence of Arabia" all the accolades are justified. This film owes its place among cinema's greatest achievements because of a quality which occasionally emerges when talent combines to create something special.

It's impossible not to admire the grandeur of the sweeping desert scenes, photographed by Freddie Young in Super Panavision 70 (no CGI here!), blending with Maurice Jarre's majestic soundtrack; the imaginative transitional editing which so inspired the likes of Steven Spielberg; Robert Bolt's provocative screenplay with its ironic twists and character complexities; the spectacular battle sequences full of swirling colour; and not least the mesmerising Peter O'Toole as Lawrence, superbly supported by Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins and the rest.

All these elements were moulded under the hands of director David Lean into a film that has become an enduring masterpiece. His vision, understanding of the subject matter, mastery of technique, eye for detail and uncompromising standards present us with a riveting desert saga based on the exploits of enigmatic British army officer, T.E. Lawrence, during the Arab Revolt in the First World War. Lean's work is now restored to its original pristine state, the transfer to blu-ray injecting it with a refreshing vitality.

Some find it difficult to accept western actors in Arab roles and the film is indeed a product of the early 'sixties, when such things were common practice. But it should be remembered that Alec Guinness as Faisal was mistaken for the Prince on the set by people who knew him, and that Lean himself did not recognize Anthony Quinn when he first arrived made up in Arab costume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First of all, Columbia did not even ask Robert Harris, the person who knows this film the best, to participate in the mastering of this title because he was too much of a "perfectionist." That is a crime in and of itself. Lawrence is a piece of film history, some consider it the greatest film of all time. Secondly, the colors are wrong in many spots. Music cues are terribly wrong on the second disc in the 5.1 soundtrack. But, if you switch to the other language tracks it is fine. Lastly, there are many "jump" cuts that were not present in other formats version of the film. This DVD is a bunch of errors. For the music screwups alone, the disc should be recalled. You are making a mistake ordering it if you care about the film at all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Historical Epic Ever July 12 2004
Format:DVD
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is, without a doubt, the greatest historical epic ever filmed and the crowning achievement of David Lean's career. It's also the film that makes best use of the majestic desert landscape with shots of extraordinary rock formations, dunes, shimmering "mirages," and caravans making their way across seemingly endless sands.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA tells the story of T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in the Middle East during World War I as he led the Arab revolt against the Turks. It is loosely based on Lawrence's book, THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM.
Even though there are battle scenes in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, this film is, first and foremost, a character study of Lawrence who was, by anyone's account, a fascinating figure. Even the battle scenes serve to enhance the character of Lawrence rather than detailing the horrors of war and we see Lawrence's dark, embittered side as well as his heroic one.
Although Peter O'Toole wasn't David Lean's first choice to play Lawrence (both Marlon Brando and Albert Finney were offered the part), I can't imagine anyone else in the title role.
Omar Sharif is impressive as Sherif Ali Ibn El Kharish. Prior to this film, he was a virtual unknown, but LAWRENCE OF ARABIA launched Sharif on a long career that made him instantly recognizable the world over.
Even though O'Toole and Sharif weren't well-known when they starred in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, the film's supporting case is certainly stellar: Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer and Claude Raines.
Although I think LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is best viewed on a large theatrical screen, this doesn't mean anyone should pass up the DVD. It's just too good for that, especially the Director's Cut (but do make sure you get the widescreen edition; this film demands it).
Don't watch LAWRENCE OF ARABIA expecting to get a history lesson. Watch it to learn more about the fascinating man who was T.E.Lawrence. If you do, I can't see any way you'll be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Visuals
They really don't make 'em like this anymore - Gorgeous visuals and a pretty good story.

What I liked - Visuals ... Outstanding beauty ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gil
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER DAVID LEAN MASTERPIECE
As with many of David's other films, the cinematography is totally captivating; At truly artistic masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SHOGUN
4.0 out of 5 stars A real snoozer. Yawn. This movie is out-dated and I don''t know how...
Clocking in at almost four hours, this movie is based on the life of T.E. Lawrence. I thiught I would enjoy this movie and now I wonder why I bothered to buy the collectors... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Really good movie. I really liked it. I recommend blu-ray edition, a lot of scenes are really spectacular in high definition.

This is a high quality remastered edition. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mart666
4.0 out of 5 stars Old days revisited -Lawrence still enjoyable to watch.
it's still a great movie to watch. Good actors ,good photography, good costumes and setting.
Naturally it shows that the movie is old. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gr8blackwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless epic
Just amazing how well this has been restored. What a perfect movie to see in bu-ray, those wide open spaces, the battle fields, true historic content, what more could you wish... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pater
5.0 out of 5 stars World war 2 in the niddle east
How according to the movie the influence of one man makes a difference in the outcome of war in the middle east. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Clarence Huibers
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the colectors editions
Arrived in a few days. Impressive packaging with very fascinating contents.
the film cell was a hoot and the coffee table book very nice addition. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
One of the greatest movies ever made. Absolutely stunning movie with a great cast, no CGI just wonderful cinematography and scenery. Read more
Published 12 months ago by trena reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production
This movie is beautiful to watch - the acting is superb. This is the kind of classic you want to watch over and over again.
Published 14 months ago by Vincent E Vanasse
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