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But regardless of that minor, insignificant anomaly, Lawrence of Arabia remains one of the best looking Blu-ray discs I ever had the pleasure of viewing. Thankfully, the sound engineers responsible for the remix have treated the original elements with a fairly light touch.
The European Imaging and Sound AssocationHome Cinema Choice is proud to be a member of EISA. I'm not sure what more can really be said about 'Lawrence of Arabia' some 50 years after its theatrical release. And there's no broader canvas painter than Sir David Lean, the master filmmaker behind 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Passage to India', and 'Great Expectations'. The film's central question, asked at the beginning of the film as well as directly to Lawrence himself just prior to Intermission.
In the first arc, we meet an over-educated lieutenant in the British Army during World War I. If the first half builds Lawrence up into a hero, the film's second arc hauls him back down to his knees. I've already gushed about the character work and the spectacle, but let's break those down a little bit. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents 'Lawrence of Arabia' on Blu-ray as part of a 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition, housing the entire film on the first BD50, and all but one special feature on the second. Never the less, Sony's restoration team did an outstanding job on a Blu-ray presentation everyone should own.
The film opens with the Overture; Maurice Jarre's iconic score sounds as good as it possibly can.
Overall, 'Lawrence of Arabia' sounds great on Blu-ray, matching the theatrical experience of the prior restoration perfectly. The two-disc edition of 'Lawrence of Arabia' contains most of content from the 2-Disc Limited Edition DVD with the exception of the DVD-ROM features 'Archives of Arabia: Historic Photographs Take You Behind the Scenes', theatrical trailers, and talent files. In addition to the previous special features created a decade, or more, ago, Sony has added two Blu-ray exclusives to this two-disc release.
All disc reviews at High-Def Digest are completed using the best consumer HD home theater products currently on the market. Founded in April 2006, High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. As a man who straddled two very different worlds, English and Arab, Thomas Edward Lawrence was a controversial figure in his short lifetime and even more so after his death.  Some family members of the real characters included in Lawrence of Arabia took legal actions about their relatives’ portrayal in the film. This completely new 4K restoration gives viewers a bunch of startling details such as the makeup line on Alec Guinness’s forehead or the fake blood on a dying soldier’s face. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack reworks what was not originally a “surround sound” recording. Many of the extras are carryovers from the previous DVD reissue, most of which are found on the bonus BD. Lawrence of Arabia has long been atop the American Film Institute’s list of cinematic epics. Bekannt ist nur, dass der Film für den Blu-ray Release in 8K neu abgetastet und in 4K digital restauriert und aufbereitet wurde. In dieser Reihe erscheinen besondere Filmklassiker - wie beispielsweise auch "Taxi Driver" und "Die Brücke am Kwai" - in simplem und einheitlichem Artwork. Well, there are handful of long shots in the film that appear to suffer from slight striations of vertical discolouration.
And the fact that it's celebrating its half-century this year makes the achievements of all involved in its restoration all the more impressive.
Smarter men than I have covered it all -- from inception to production to its multiple restorations -- but here goes nothing. Up until now, the only way to experience it as it was meant to be seen was on the big screen with a 70mm projector. A man who won seven Academy Awards for 1957's 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', a visionary display or character and spectacle about the human struggle inside WWII POW camps. A unusual man who adores the desert despite the maddening heat, Lawrence (Peter O'Tool) has studied the various Arab tribes, which makes him perfect for a mission to meet Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and assess the prince's prospects in defeating the Turkish Empire.
Tempting the wrath of God, Lawrence and Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) take 50 of Faisal's men to cross an uncrossable desert where Lawrence then convinces the Auda abu Tayi, leader of the rival Howeitat tribe to attack a seaside Turkish stronghold. We could talk about 'Lawrence of Arabia' for hours, but one of many true tests of a film's relevance is the next generation it inspired. A 70mm screening at the American Cinematheque where it proceeded to blow doors off my young cinematic mind.


An HD UltraViolet redemption code is included; the film looks good on Vudu's HDX service, but doesn't match the Blu-ray's depth and resolution. When Lawrence meets Auda abu Tayi, you can clearly see the dust devil in the background, and in the shot establishing the Howeitat camp, you can see each of the tents and men and horses.
Eagle eyes amongst us will note specs of dust now and again, minor haloing around people and animals, occasional source damage, and bands of inconstant color. This is a big, big win, featuring moments of demo-worthy eye candy, drawn from imperfect source elements. Sure, it doesn't live up to modern recordings, in terms of fidelity, but audiophiles will enjoy the lossless mix.
If you've ever owned the film on DVD, you'll be familiar with this track, so it's not quite the revelatory improvement as the video, but there are some notable clarity improvements, especially in the sound effects. This feature length documentary has been around for a while now; it's pretty good, but might feature a little too much film footage. Spielberg talks about seeing the film for the first time, and its life-long impact on him and his films.
Found on Disc Two, the film's star discusses how he got the part, and what it was like to make the movie.
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The largely front channel presentation has good breadth, and plenty of thundering hoof beats and percussive gunfire.  The final result still sounds a tad boxy by contemporary audio standards.
It took home seven of its ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Score.  This 50th anniversary release adds about 10 minutes to the three and a half hour 1989 Director’s Cut DVD.
Allerdings können wir derzeit schon Angaben zu den amerikanischen und britischen Ausgaben des Films machen.
Außerdem ist die Reihe am Spine durchnummeriert, "Lawrence aus Arabien" wird die Nummer 14 tragen. But even so, the richness of the colour saturation, the perfection of the contrast and brightness levels, the accuracy of the grain density, the depth and solidity of shadows, and the completely cinematic texture of the imagery simply blew me away.
Other elements are simply opened up across the front of the soundstage, with immaculately rendered dialogue sharing space with some pleasing stereo effects. Some knew him personally, others just barely as his superior officer or a man lucky enough to shake his hand. No one could have done it, but Lawrence did and along the way he transforms into a mythic figure that can unite the Arab people. After updating the British about his impossible accomplishments, Lawrence returns to the desert with modern weapons and runs a guerrilla war against the Turks.
A 4-Disc 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition is also available; it includes one extra Blu-ray with exclusive special features, one CD of the film's soundtrack, a 70mm numbered film frame, and an 88-page coffee table book about the film.
Most won't see these things, and to be sure, they don't really affect the viewing experience. Dialog fares much better, with Peter O'Toole's deep voice sounding like it was recorded yesterday. As a Blu-ray, the video features a breathtaking and lush restoration that's just shy of perfect, and a robust expanded-stereo audio experience. The darker scenes have occasional unevenness and grain but this is unimportant compared to the brilliance of the daylight desert shots.
Bass extension is also fairly subtle, although the subwoofer does get a bit more of a chance to shine when you get sequences like the horseback charge on Aqaba in Chapter 16.
However, this Blu-ray gives home video enthusiasts an experience that parallels and almost matches the cinema experience.
Endless visual effects and faster cutting have pushed action films into a propulsive onslaught of kinetic visuals, but, owing in no small part to 'Lawrence of Arabia', the best action films are character first. The Turks have modern war equipment -- planes, machine guns, armored vehicles, artillery, and a navy -- where as the Arabian tribes are lucky to have rifles, and remain unorganized and undisciplined. No longer will they be tribe against tribe -- silly, barbarous, and cruel -- they will be free. He's actually too successful, because once Auda and his men have enough treasure, they go home leaving Lawrence with dwindling numbers. Detail and textures are strong -- everything from the camel fur to the corroded metals of machine guns and armored vehicles are sharp and resolute. I suppose the only draw back in added clarity is that it's easier to see things like Anthony Quinn's prosthetic nose.
In the end, 'Lawrence of Arabia' looks fantastic on Blu-ray, the best it ever has at home, but doesn't quite match the experience of seeing the film in 70mm. There are a couple minor dubbing issues, but that's a result of lost source materials when the film was first restored.


Special Features are well done, and while we've seen much of it before, there are a couple new features.
Note, for example, the “mirage” sequence that introduces Sherif Ali, still a piece of cinematic wonderment. There are also occasional changes in volume level, most notable during the interior scenes.  The Jarre score does get a major boost from the audio engineers’ restoration efforts that is particularly apparent in the introduction to each “act” when the screen is dark.
While the same cannot be said for the soundtrack, it sounds much better than its previous incarnations. Convinced of immortality, Lawrence foolishly scouts a Turkish city where he is captured and beaten (and possibly raped). We're all excited about the new possibilities of the 'Star Wars' universe expanding after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, but know Tatooine wouldn't exist without 'Lawrence of Arabia'. And now we have this absolutely beautiful Blu-ray, rich with detail and color and textures. In terms of the encode itself, I saw no macro-blocking or banding or compression artifacts, which is great considering the entire film plays on one disc.
The film's sound effects have never been this clear -- subtle whistling wind, and crackling fires, snapping machine gun, crowd noise, and clinking metal on camel riders.
Easily a Must Own release, though collectors and ultimate fans may opt for the 4-Disc 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition, which includes one extra Blu-ray with exclusive special features content and a CD of the motion picture soundtrack along with larger packaging and a book.
Lawrence, a British Army officer and self-styled expert on the region, is sent to assess Prince Faisal’s (Alec Guinness) chances of defeating the Turks (German Allies during World War I). The close ups are just as telling, as is seen in O’Toole’s ever shifting facial expressions that reflect the moment. The definition of the word epic, I would rate 'Lawrence of Arabia' 6 stars out of 5 if possible. A broken man, Lawrence descends into personal madness -- "no prisoners!" -- and eventually leads the Arab tribes to Damascus ahead of the British in hopes the various tribes can form one government. Contrasting with the harsh monotony of the endless sands, the colors of the tribal wardrobes and tent interiors literally pop out of the screen.
And hell, even 'Prometheus' uses this film's "even big things have small beginnings" as a theme. Other colors -- blue skies and green leaves -- pop off the screen, which is often immersed in various golden browns.
LFE is the big surprise here; nothing house-shaking, of course, but deep and robust from the first scene when Lawrence rides his motorcycle.
Be advised that the second half of this film contains brutal footage of the massacre of Turkish troops at Tafas during the march to Damascus. This BD reissue was a significant gamble, given the decreasing attention span of current audiences, the five previous versions of this film, and the expense of re-mastering. Lean's masterpiece -- written by Michael Wilson and Robert Bolt, and produced by Sam Spiegel -- dives into Lawrence's character with great gusto from the moment we meet him, and then unfurls his story over the next 200 minutes, in two arcs. Find 'Lawrence of Arabia' at a real cinema, with real film or, if need be, one of the new 4K digital prints. Other than the music and some crowd noise, rear channels are pretty quiet and never truly immersive.
Most chilling are close ups of Lawrence, covered in blood and intoxicated with senseless killing.
Sony Pictures rolled the proverbial dice here and, thankfully, got a lucky seven in return.  Even if you have seen Lawrence of Arabia, and, probably many of you have, you have not seen it like this. This film really has everything except a traditional love story, which wouldn't fit the material anyway. We see an unstoppable force bending the will of rival tribes to meet his own vision, and for a moment, it seems he will triumph in a land where heat and desolation win out.
A masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, this is pure and simple movie making at its very best.
The longest film, at one minute longer than 'Gone with the Wind', to ever win Best Picture.
In that case, trot out this Blu-ray on the biggest TV in town, and watch it with as many people as possible. You know how folks who hate 'Avatar' and 'Dances With Wolves' because they think it's about the white guy who saves a perfect, wise, and primitive culture (well to be fare, he's responsible for destroying the culture before saving it, but you know what I mean)? The jokes are funnier, the drama deeper, the action more spectacular when you see it with an audience. Well, 'Lawrence' is a lesson for men who try to play God, for those who think they know better what a People want than those actual people. The Blu-ray might fall just shy of The Best Way to See The Film, but it's still the best way to have your own copy of something truly special.



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