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Lawrence of Arabia

3 h 47 min1962X-RayUHDPG
Winner of seven Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture (1962), this is the restored director's cut of the breathtaking masterpiece.
David Lean
Peter O'TooleAlec GuinnessAnthony Quinn
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Jack HawkinsOmar SharifJose FerrerAnthony QuayleClaude RainsArthur Kennedy
Sam SpiegelDavid Lean
Columbia Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

5323 global ratings

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  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
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TinleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What can be said about this landmark piece of cinema that hasn't already been said? David Lean's masterpiece among a peerless body of work is presented here in a stunning remastered 1080p transfer, with a suitably beefed-up DTS-HD 5.1 lossless soundtrack. This is probably as close as home viewers are going to get to Lean's original vision of the audacious British officer who united Arabia's disparate tribes to fight off the invading Turks during World War I. Seriously, this film looks better than any 50+ year-old film should look, with a warm film grain, bright, colourful highlights and satisfyingly deep blacks. Add career-best performances from Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif and you have one of the greatest screen epics ever made.

Audio options are the original English track and a Spanish dub, while the subtitles are in English, Hindi and Spanish. Unsurprisingly for a movie with a running time of nearly four hours, the majority of the bonus features are bundled on a second blu ray disc. A must for lovers of the movie, these include an hour-long 'making of' documentary, featuring archive interviews with some of the key players involved in the film, including David Lean himself, a wonderful 20-minute featurette from 2009 with Peter O'Toole reminiscing over the film's production, and a short segment with Steven Spielberg, who declares Lawrence of Arabia to be his favourite film of all time. Can't argue with that. Essential.
36 people found this helpful
BenminxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic that earns its accolades with bravery and brilliance - genuinely epic cinema.
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Approaching such a revered milestone of cinema, I was reluctant for two reasons: The first reason it's LONG - did I really want to give up that much time to watch an old film that might not live up to the hype? The second is that 'biographical' pieces can be dull, especially if produced in a more 'twee' era.
I needn't have worried on either account. While I'll recommend that you save it for a Sunday or a Bank Holiday simply due to the size of the film, which comes with it's own Intermission break, this is no dry, fusty hero-worship piece.
The Blu-Ray transfer is spectacular, and although you can tell it's an older film, it's very clear and amazingly good looking. The scenery photography on its own led to several jaw-drop moments of genuine, rare awe. But between that scenery there's a story.
Lawrence isn't held up as a flawless hero but a playful, flawed egotist - one with great military guts and a mountain of determination and self belief - which bordered on the self-eulogising and nearly a messiah complex.
The British are surprisingly portrayed the way that the CIA tend to be portrayed in modern movies; shifty types with a moral superiority complex who think the end justifies the means and aren't afraid of throwing their men to the wolves, but with the occasional touching moment of comradeship.
The Arab characters also come off better than in many later films, being shown some degree of respect by the story as victims of cultural expectations and tradition as much as victims of exploitation by the Turks and the British. Alec Guinness gives a layered performance of Faisal, Omar Sharif fills his supporting role with fiery personality and pride, and O'Toole is mesmerising as the soldier who feels a fish out of water with his own people, but comes into his own in the desert.
It's decently full of action and spectacle as well, from the striking attack upon Aqaba to saboteur attacks and the massacre of a convoy of Turkish foot-soldiers that the film is brave enough to paint as nothing but the results of blood-lust and Lawrence's temporarily unbalanced psyche - an unbalance that may be down to wartime sexual abuse that's heavily hinted at in a key scene.
Overall, it's an astonishingly brave film - brave for its pacing which insists upon bouts of patience to soak up the astounding vistas and cultural moments in between the politics and violence, brave for casting two little known performers in lead roles, and brave for its controversial and fascinating plot details.
This is certainly not the fuzzy, watered down museum piece you may have been taught to expect. A breathtaking piece of British cinema.
31 people found this helpful
James BuryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Visually stunning - possibly all-time best film.
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This is an awesome film, and the visual quality of the 4k remastered version is absolutely stunning. It is an incredible story, wonderfully told, and despite being nearly 4 hours long, my teenage boys and I were gripped the whole way through. The sound quality isn't quite up to the level reached with the imagery, but the music is still magnificent and really immerses you in the atmosphere of this remarkable time. This is possibly one of the finest films ever made. It is even more impressive given that it dates from 1962, long before CGI, and the only way to represent hordes of warriors swarming into battle was to have real hordes of warriors doing just that. Overall, this deserves to be in anyone's collection and is just the thing for when you want to be carried off into a totally different world of heroes, triumph and disaster - the consequences of which we very much live with today.
7 people found this helpful
WhoDaMan?Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant film...
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So last Saturday I was browsing around Amazon blurays and saw that they were doing the 4K streaming version for £5.49, I ummed and aahed about it for 30 seconds then bought it; the picture quality is superb for long sections of the the film considering how old it was when they remastered it. Me being 57 now I'd only seen it in full a couple of times, the last being 30 years ago having been nagged by my flatmate but I thought it was brilliant then and still is now.

I'm not going to write a synopsis of the film, it's nearly 60 years old so there must be hundreds if not thousands of reviews about it; I will say for those who are letting younger people watch it, remember it reflects the attitudes of people of those times, as any good period drama does.
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Andrew McCannReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film, Beautifully Presented
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Having first viewed this film in the cinema when it first came out, I found it difficult to believe how it has stood the test of time. The visual quality was truly excellent as a consequence of the restoration process. It was also somewhat uncanny to view the plethora of predominantly British movie stars whom I recall from the fifties and sixties, as true-to-life as I remember them.

A truly great film, beautifully presented, with a powerful hint of nostalgia for those, such as myself, who recall having seen it the first time around.
10 people found this helpful
ZydorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Timeless Record of a Remarkable - if Bloody - Uprising
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The amazing, enduring thing about this master piece documenting the Arab contribution to WW1 in the Middle East, is that it was made in 1962. Now 55 years old, it still tops the ratings, is still regarded as one of - if not the - best film ever made. An historical and cinemagraphic masterpiece.

Oh .... some folk can get political and silly about it, but thats noise for the dry academics, and the drama queens. This film is for posterity, and a record of amazing - if at times barbarous - moments in history. For all the latter, it was still a remarkable achievement by the Arab irregulars, and its this film, that ensures that does not get forgotten by the revisionists as time marches on.

The film-craft and photography are quite remarkable, even more so after the remastering to match with current 4K technologies. It is a true, if somewhat hackneyed phrase ...... " They don't make 'em like they used to" ...... If you are one of the newer generations who have not yet bought, or even heard of, this masterpiece of historical film-craft .... do so without hesitation. Just make sure you store away some copies - particularly burnt onto CDs - so you have them in your old age.

Its highly likely this masterpiece will still be top of the ratings even then. A remarkable film.
10 people found this helpful
craigmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The movie 4K TVs were made for
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Lawrence of Arabia in 4K is a glory. The dialogue is snappy, acting is superb, the visuals are very impressive and sometimes astounding.

Compared to modern movies the lack of CGI is a real breath of fresh air; real people in real locations filmed by a director and movie making team at the top of their game.

Pacing in a 4 hour movie is always going to be a problem, however in something this visually impressive you won't want it to end.
21 people found this helpful
El TontoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still a masterpiece
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This is a much improved picture quality on DVD than my old VHS copy but it cant be improved on the quality and magnificence of one of best movies ever made, its ageless, if in the far distant future the human race is still around it will still thrill everyone, the acting is superb and scenery is just utterly beautiful it cannot be bettered .
What more can I say ? its all been said.
The second disc has part two of the movie and extras on how it was made ,very interesting and I wish it was longer, how movies are made is fascinating to me, the amount of time vast expense and hard work is extraordinary, especially in a harsh desert environment in the 60's, with older technology ,how the sand didn't get into the cameras is a miracle and achievement in itself, it must have got into everything else!
Love this movie watched it many times even more on remastered DVD.
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