Action/Adventure, Biography, Adventure, Big Battles, Classic, True Story, World War I, Epic, Recommended, Character Study, Period Piece, Desert, Africa, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Collection 3-Disc Blu-ray Description
David Lean's masterpiece, perhaps the greatest of screen epics, stars Peter O'Toole in one of the most electrifying debuts in film history. The film is less an ordinary adventure than an experience that leaves an overwhelming sense memory of the struggle between two powerful forces: the Arabian deserts, immense, intractable, ever-shifting, punishing; and T.E. Lawrence, humble as a monk, flamboyant as a rock star, protean, polymathic, heroic, enigmatic, mad. While working on the staff of British Intelligence in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence's fluency in Arabic earns him a post on a mission sent to establish contact with Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), leader of the Arab revolt and ally of the British against the German-sponsored Turks in WWI. Impressed by Lawrence's knowledge of their culture, the prince allows the young officer to join his staff, and Lawrence quickly earns the Arabs' respect after he executes acts of extraordinary heroism. As the Englishman's genius for guerrilla warfare becomes evident, he assumes the role of de facto leader of the Arab revolt, uniting the heretofore warring tribes into a devastatingly effective weapon. But the chaos of war also unleashes the repressed officer's powerful need for self-abasement and mortification of the flesh. A visionary work that unfolds one indelible image after another, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA fuses the conflict of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself into a sublime poem of force. The film features a literate script by Robert Bolt and an outstanding cast, which also includes Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and Omar Sharif in his unforgettable desert-crossing debut.
Blu-ray Disc 1:
Approximate runtime: 227 minutes
Picture-in-Graphic "Secrets of Arabia" (Blu-ray exclusive)
Blu-ray Disc 2:
Approximate runtime: 130 minutes
Peter O'Toole Revisits "Lawrence of Arabia" (Blu-ray exclusive) 21:05 HD
The Making of Lawrence of Arabia documentary (Restored Version) 61:00 SD
Featurette: A Conversation with Steven Spielberg (Restored Version) 8:46 SD
Featurette: "Camel Casting (Maan Jordan)" aka "The Camels Are Cast" (Restored Version) 4:50 HD
Featurette: "In Search of Lawrence" (Restored Version) 4:50 HD
Featurette: "Romance of Arabia" (Restored Version) 4:36 HD
Featurette: "Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic" (1970) 4:30 SD
NY Premiere (Newsreel) 1:06 SD
Advertising Campaigns (Restored Version) 4:49
Theatrical Trailer 4:40 HD
Blu-ray Disc 3: Gift Set Exclusive Disc
Approximate runtime: 144 minutes
Interview with Martin Scorsese (Blu-ray exclusive)
"In Love with the Desert" 80:00
Directed by Allain Littaye
Prop master Eddie Fowler takes the viewer on a modern day tour of the original locations and settings providing insights and recollections of filming Lawrence of Arabia, intercut with comparison clips of the film.
Deleted Scene: "Balcony" with introduction by Anne Coates (never before released) 7:30
Featurette: "King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia" 1:59
All about King Hussein of Jordan visiting and seeing the production design and location of the Lawrence set
Featurette: "Wind, Sand and Star" (1963) 4:47
This is the original version of Wind, Sand and Star filmed near the original release date of Lawrence, 1963. This version is higher quality (35mm) and focuses more on the creative process and discusses O'Toole's process as an actor portraying the original historic figure, Lawrence of Arabia.
Trailers: Teaser #1, 1:52 HD; Teaser #2, 1:15 HD; 70mm Restoration Trailer (1989 Release), 1:55 HD; TV Spot #1, :60 HD; TV Spot #2, :10 HD
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Winner, 1962 Academy Awards: Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)