Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

DVD - 2008
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A look at T.E. Lawrence, a British officer who unites the desert tribes of Arabia against the Turks during World War I.
Publisher: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD LAW
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (226 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Do yourself a favor and view on as big a screen as available. It's a big movie with big scenery and big characters. Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif are fabulous.

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Bilberry
Mar 14, 2021

The film is good not just for its historical portrayals but the cinematography is stunning!

if you can watch this in high-def from a good source like blu-ray the visuals are absolutely sumptuous! The opening scenes are beautiful and captivating the way they are shot. You could pause the movie and just appreciate the art of every frame, in every scene. The attention to detail put into the production of this movie, started in 1959 and finished over 2 years later, is comparable, even superior to, many more modern films. There are no big special effects here; they made the scenes and they shot them on 65mm film. Very advanced for the time.

Restoration was also very well done, re-creating the original feel of the movie as much as possible, including the orchestral lead-in and intermission so it matches the original cut.

I had to watch this movie twice, it was so good. And geeked out on all the material included in the extras disk as well. This movie won a pile of awards for good reason. If you look thru the extras disk and see how difficult it was for the crew to create this piece of art, on location, it adds an extra dimension of appreciation. Even the sound track has been restored to excellent multi-channel format.

This is not a movie that's going to satisfy a shoot-em-up action fan unless they also like "beautifully shot" scenes done almost entirely in-camera.
This is 'big-screen' viewing entertainment!

Please handle the disks with care.
Even a tiny scratch that causes a skip or jump in playback will be disappointing.

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maryboris
Feb 02, 2020

This movie is one of Bob Proctor's favorites. I want to watch movies recommended by such successful people as Bob.

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dirtbag
Aug 10, 2019

It is a slow moving film but the history is important. Lawrence was in trouble with his fellow Brits for "going native" and not getting with the true British conquering spirit. In the end he was over ruled in almost all ways and people in government who didn't have a clue made the final decisions about partition.

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jmreid1220
Apr 16, 2019

Was fortunate to see this on the big screen during a re-release several years ago. A true epic. Well worth the accolades.

I saw a version of this on TV with all the boring political talking cut out. It was just camel riding and shooting. From the comments here, I think many people would enjoy it that way.

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samjenks
Sep 14, 2018

The Lawrence character just cracks me up.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 08, 2018

Watched it with my 10 & 16yr old.
Bit too long and slow for my youngest but my eldest and I enjoyed the scenes and costumes.

LoganLib_RobertWB Feb 08, 2018

As close to perfection as a movie can get.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 13, 2017

I cannot count the number of times I've seen this film since it was made. Every time I come away with some new bit of information and realize the relevance to the area of land so in dispute over the past 100 years. 'The warring tribes' has no greater truth. I do not believe there will ever be peace there. The sooner America divests itself of any dependence, the better. However, we never learn.

This film has all the great actors of another lifetime, bigger than life.

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Apr 08, 2019

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Belfry777
Mar 25, 2016

Belfry777 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 13

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swallowtailcat
Jun 30, 2011

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

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