Lawrence on Blu-Ray (??)

Though it has not been officially announced in the US, in an early announcement to retailers, the UK branch of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that it is planning to release on Blu-ray director David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Exact technical specs, region coding status and supplemental features to be included on this release are unknown at the moment, but the preliminary street date set by the studio is June 4th.

It is somewhat a given that its release would coincide with the film’s 50th Anniversary. But this is definitely a nice sign that its release is inevitable.


NEW DVDs/BRs Announced!!

The Criterion Collection announced 4 new David Lean releases as part of their David Lean Directs Noel Coward box set. This set includes all new digital transfers pulled from the BFI Archives and will include Brief Encounter, In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, and Blithe Spirit. Collection will be available in DVD and high-definition Blu-Ray on March 27, 2012.

Box Set Feature Includes:
- New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions
- Audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder
- New interviews with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films
- Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010
- Short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter
- David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean’s career
- Episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward
- Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London’s National Film Theatre
- Trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Smith Nehme, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Kevin Brownlow

This is terrific news and a long-time coming!!

Anne Coates Interview Posted has posted an excellent interview with Lawrence of Arabia’s editor, Anne V. Coats. Mandatory reading for any fan. You can read the interview by clicking here.


Edie Fowlie's Memoir

Fowlie Book Cover

“David Lean's Dedicated Maniac Memoirs of a Film Specialist” has been released by Austin & Macauley Publishers Ltd. This is Edie Fowlie’s memoir on his long career working for David Lean. Here is the production description via “From blowing up the bridge on the River Kwai and covering the Spanish countryside in fake snow during Doctor being urinated on by Robert Mitchum, Eddie Fowlie multifaceted film specialist, adventurer and all-round troubleshooter led a remarkable career. From modest beginnings in a quiet London suburb and armed with little more than bagfuls of confidence and a steely determination, he broke into the movie industry during Hollywood s golden era, working with some of the world s leading film directors. But it was his unique relationship with David Lean that provided him with some of the most cherished years of his career. The two were a perfect foil for each other, becoming close friends and work colleagues until the end of the director s life. Fowlie s candid life-story is also a hilarious rollercoaster ride by one of life s mavericks a true dedicated maniac.”

You can order the book here. (It is currently listed as Out of Stock.)