Zhivago on Blu-Ray

In an early announcement to retailers, it seems Warner brothers is preparing Doctor Zhivago for Blu-ray sometime next year.

There's no information on tech specs, supplements, suggested list price, or even a release date yet. The only tidbit released so far is the image of the packaging, which appears to be a digibook.

I also heard an interview with George Feltenstein, Senior VP for Theatrical Catalog Marketing, where he did discuss this title and that work was being done for a 2010 release.

Online Article on DL

Trevor Hogg has written an excellent and thorough three-part profile on David Lean for the film site, Flickering Myth. You can read the first part by clicking here. The link is also available in the Web Sites section in Archives

Sequel To Ryan's Daughter?

An article on “The Independent” has announced that Sarah Miles is writing a new screenplay, a sequel to Lean’s “Ryan’s Daughter.” Whether it will make it to the big screen is impossible to predict, but it’s an interesting idea. Read more here.

Lean Book of Interviews

David Lean: Interviews was just published by the Univeristy Press of Mississippi and is now available for puchase. This new book contains the largest collection of interviews with David Lean including a few that are exclusive to this edition. Surprisingly, Lean did not give a lot of interviews in his career so this is a collection worth having. You can purchase by going here.

David Lean on TCM

Turner Classic Movies will be showing a number of David Lean films on June 26 including some rarely shown features. Get your Tivo’s ready to record!!

6:00 AM
Madeleine (1950)
A beautiful young woman stands trial for poisoning her lover. Cast: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Leslie Banks. Dir: David Lean. BW-115 mins, TV-PG
8:00 AM
Passionate Friends, The (1949)
A married woman has one last fling with her childhood sweetheart. Cast: Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Trevor Howard. Dir: David Lean. BW-91 mins,
10:00 AM
Great Expectations (1946)
A mysterious benefactor finances a young boy's education. Cast: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Finlay Currie. Dir: David Lean. BW-118 mins, TV-G, CC
12:00 PM
Brief Encounter (1945)
Two married strangers meet in a train station and fall in love. Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway. Dir: David Lean. BW-86 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 PM
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution. Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger. Dir: David Lean. C-200 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS
5:00 PM
Bridge On The River Kwai, The (1957)
The Japanese Army forces World War II POWs to build a strategic bridge in Burma. Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa. Dir: David Lean. C-162 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Maurice Jarre Dies

It is with tremendous sadness that we report that Maurice Jarre, the composer of Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter, and A Passage to India (as well as many other non-Lean films) passed away today at the age of 84. His remarkable work, however, will live on for all to enjoy.

Cineaste Articles

The spring 2009 issue of Cineaste brings a couple of articles related to David Lean.

1. “Under the Table”: Michael Wilson and the Screenplay for The Bridge on the River Kwai by Joseph Dmohowski. A lengthy artilce on Michael Wilson’s experience working on Kwai, specifically being a blacklisted writer and being uncredited for his work.

2. The Editing of Lawrence of Arabia: An Interview with Anne V. Coats by Gary Crowdus. An lengthy interview with the editor of “Lawrence” covering the original edit of the film to its restructuring. A fascinating interview with one of film’s best editors.

Who Wrote Lawrence of Arabia?

An excellent--and very lengthy--article on the debate on Michael Wilson’s screen credit for his contribution to the Lawrnece of Arabia script has been added to the site. Note: The Writer’s Guild did evenutally give Wilson credit as it appears in current prints of the film. Click Here to read.

Restoring Lawrence

The excellent interview with Robert Harris on the reconstruction of Lawrence of Arabia has been added. You can find it within the Writings-->Articles section of the site. You can read the article by clicking here.

Lean Retrospective at MFAH

During the first week in March, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston will be showing three of David Lean’s earlier films: Madeleine, The Sound Barrier, and Hobson’s Choice. All three films are from the BFI restoration project that was completed last year and has been touring the world. Tickets are available now for purchase.

More information found here.

Davd Lean Audio Interview

Hear Davdi Lean speak!! From the Sound on Film audio series is a lengthy and fascinating interview with David Lean. A DavdLean.com exclusive.

Director's Notes

Lean’s notes on the re-editing of Lawrence of Arabia after its premiere has been added to the site. You can find it here.

Hobson's Choice Available

Hobson’s Choice is now available on DVD from the Criterion Collection. Read More for full specs.