LOA on Blu-Ray Announced

Just announced on the Home Theater Forum website!

Internationally-Acclaimed, Academy Award
® Winning Masterpiece Debuts on Blu-raywith UltraViolet in a Two-Disc Set and a
Limited-Edition Four-Disc Collector’s Gift Set November 13th
50th Anniversary Edition of the Digitally-Restored Director’s Cut Comes
Loaded with Bonus Content, Including a Graphic-in-Picture Track,
Multiple New and Previously Released Featurettes,
Newsreel Footage of the NY Premiere and More
Gift Set Exclusives Include an Authentic 70mm Film Frame,
Soundtrack CD, an 88-page Coffee Table Book,
A Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene and Additional Featurettes

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 6, 2012) – Widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema, David Lean’s epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, celebrating its 50th Anniversary,  debuts in fully-restored on Blu-ray with UltraViolet in a two-disc set and a limited-edition, four-disc collector’s Gift Set on November 13th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The director’s cut was meticulously restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 4K at Sony Pictures’ Colorworks from the original negative. Ahead of its home entertainment debut, the film, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards® and took home seven, including Best Picture and Best Director, will be re-released theatrically on October 4th.  Academy Award nominees Peter O’Toole (1962, Best Actor) and Omar Sharif (1962, Best Supporting Actor) star in the classic.“Lawrence of Arabia is universally considered to be one of the greatest epic films of all time and is certainly the crown jewel in the Columbia Pictures library,” noted David Bishop, President of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “Finally, the long anticipated and much in-demand release of David Lean’s masterpiece will be available on Blu-ray, which will provide consumers the chance to experience the sheer spectacle and beauty of this movie with the finest image and sound available. Additionally, in honor of Lawrence of Arabia’s 50th Anniversary, we have created a special gift set composed of a coffee table book and soundtrack, which will add further dimension to the enjoyment of this film.” The Gift Set is an essential addition to any film lover’s collection. The four-disc set is comprised of three Blu-ray discs, plus a CD of the original soundtrack featuring previously unreleased tracks. Other special supplemental items include an authentic 70mm film frame (newly printed and numbered) and a 88-page hard-bound coffee table book that features rarely seen photos, the film’s history and significance, and insight into the making of the film. Never-before-seen bonus content included in both the four-disc Gift Set and the two-disc release include the “Secrets of Arabia: Graphic-in-Picture Track,” which allows the viewer to become immersed in the world of Lawrence of Arabia and learn about the customs and rituals of desert existence.  The set also comes with the “Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia” featurette, as well as the previously released, hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary “The Making of Lawrence of Arabia,” and the featurettes “The Camels are Cast (Maan Jordan),” “In Search of Lawrence,” “Romance of Arabia,” and the 1970 version of “Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic.” Both sets include newsreel footage of the New York premiere and advertising campaigns. Exclusive to the Gift Set are featurettes including “In Love with the Desert,” “King Hussein VisitsLawrence of Arabia Scene,” the original 1963 35mm version of “Wind, Sand and Star,” and conversations with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Also included is a never-before-released deleted scene complete with an introduction by Lawrence of Arabia’s Oscar® winning film editor Anne V. Coates, A.C.E.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, 
Lawrence of Arabia stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar-winning director David Lean (1962,Lawrence of Arabia; 1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai), the film stars Peter O’Toole – in his career-making performance – as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire. Newly restored and remastered at 4K resolution, the massive scope and epic action of the Director’s Cut of Lawrence of Arabia can now be experienced like never before in this landmark 50th Anniversary Edition.
Bonus Features:
§   Feature Film, including overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music
§   Newly re-mastered 5.1 English audio
§   “Secrets of Arabia: Picture-in-Graphic Track  
§   Featurettes:
o   “Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia”  - All-New Interview
o   “The Making of Lawrence of Arabia” documentary
o   “A  Conversation with Steven Spielberg”
o   “The Camels Are Cast”
o   “In Search of Lawrence”
o   “Romance of Arabia”
o   “Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic” (1970 version)
§  Newsreel Footage of the New York Premiere
§  Advertising Campaigns
DISC 3 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
§  Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene with Introduction by Anne Coates
§  “The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia” All-New Interview with Martin Scorsese
§  Featurettes:
o   “In Love with the Desert”
o   “King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Scene” 
o   “Wind, Sand and Star” (original version, 1963) 
§  Archival Interviews with William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
§  Trailers/TV Spots:
o   Theatrical Trailer
o   Teaser Trailer #1
o   Teaser Trailer #2
o   70mm Restoration Trailer (1989 Release)
o   TV Spot #1
o   TV Spot #2
DISC 4 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
§  Exclusive Lawrence of Arabia Soundtrack CD
Lawrence of Arabia has a running time of 227 minutes and is rated PG.

LOA Re-Released in 4K


Sony Pictures Entertainment Celebrates
50th Anniversary of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia

Just announced at the Home Theater Forum comes the much-anticipated news of Lawrence of Arabia not only making is debut onto Blu-Ray but to be re-released to theaters in a newly restored digital format. A lot of work has gone into this most recent restoration of the film and this looks to be a very big release. To read more, please go here. To follow a great discussion with the many fans of Lawrence and the man who was instrumental in the original restoration, Mr. Robert Harris, please go here.

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 18, 2012) – Widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema, David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia returns to the big screen 50 years after its 1962 premiere in a 4K digitally-restored version of the Director’s Cut. Following its international debut at Festival Du Cannes this past May, Lawrence of Arabia will screen nationwide in a digital-only theatrical event in theaters starting October 4th.   The film will be available in a Blu-ray™ 3-disc collectible boxed set starting November 13th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Additionally, the film will be featured for one night only on Turner Classic Movies, November 16th at 8:00PM in a television exclusive.  The U.S. premiere of the new restoration will take place in Los Angeles on July 19th with a special 4K presentation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards
®, winning seven, including Best Picture and Best Director and staring Best Actor nominee Peter O’Toole and Best Supporting Actor nominee Omar Sharif, the film is one of the crown jewels in the legacy of Columbia Pictures.  “We wanted to return this film to as pristine a condition as possible to honor its anniversary release,” says Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE.  The original camera negative was scanned at 8K and the film went through a painstaking process of repairing problems inherent to the 50-year old film elements.  Using the latest digital imaging technology, the color grading and re-mastering was completed in 4K at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainments’ digital intermediate facility.  “The original negative was seriously damaged in a number of ways, some problems dating from the original release and some accumulated over the years.” says Crisp.  “But, until now, we did not have the tools available to address these issues.   We think fans of the film will be as amazed as we are at the detail and resolution in the imagery captured by cinematographer Freddie Young to compliment David Lean’s immaculate direction.”

Restored LOA To Be Screened


As part of a summer-long celebration of the widescreen theatrical experience, the Academy is proud to present the first U.S. screening of Sony Pictures' new digital restoration of the Director's Cut of "Lawrence of Arabia," following its world premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

David Lean's epic biography of adventurer T.E. Lawrence, based upon Lawrence's book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom," was shot in exotic locations in Jordan, Morocco and Spain in 65mm (nearly two times as wide as standard 35mm film stock), and printed and presented in glorious Super Panavision 70.

The film received seven Academy Awards, including one for Freddie Young's stunning photography, which captures Lawrence's efforts to rally divided Arab forces against oppressive Turkish troops in the early twentieth century. Also collaborating with Lean for the first time was composer Maurice Jarre, who won the first of his three Oscars for his work on the film.

Presentation of "Lawrence of Arabia" will be from a newly created 4K Digital Cinema Package. Essential viewing on the big screen! Running time: 222 minutes.

Cannes Poster

Still no word yet on how the restored film looks and if the infamous balcony scene has been extended. For now, at least, enjoy the poster that announced the film’s 50th Anniversary showing at Cannes this year. In my book, this is a much better graphic than the 1989 restored poster.


Amazon Posts Lawrence Blu-Ray

(Updated May 21, 20012)

Oops, seems the French Amazon.com website jump the gun. Prior to an official announcement, Amazon.com France posted a link (link is now dead.) and photos of the upcoming boxed set. From what I can translate, it will be a 3 disc set. Disc 1 will be the film; Disc 2 will be a making of & an In-depth interview with Peter O’Toole; and a third DVD is filled with new material that is over 2 hours in length. Also included in the boxed set is a book of photos and memorabilia. Looks like an impressive package, but until it is officially announced, this is still guess work.