Lawrence of Arabia (Collector's Edition)

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Director David Lean follows the heroic true life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in this dramatic portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East.

Assigned to Arabia during World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish empire.


Studio Sony
SKU 207876167
UPC 043396256224
UPC 14 00043396256224
Format DVD
Release Date 6/10/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1
Name O'toole,Peter
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Cast & Crew
Alec Guinness - Actor
Anne V. Coates - Editor
Anthony Masters - Art Director
Anthony Quinn - Actor
Arthur Kennedy - Actor
Claude Rains - Actor
David Lean - Director
Freddie Young - Cinematographer
Jack Hawkins - Actor
John Box - Production Designer
John Stoll - Art Director
Jose Ferrer - Actor
Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Michael Wilson - Screenplay
Omar Sharif - Actor
Peter O'Toole - Actor
Robert A. Harris - Producer
Robert Bolt - Screenplay
Sam Spiegel - Producer
T.E. Lawrence - Based On Writings By
Winner (1963) British Academy Awards, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Film from any Source,Golden Globe, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography - Color,Golden Globe, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, David Lean, Best Motion Picture Director,Golden Globe, Omar Sharif, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, John Box, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Oscar, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, David Lean, Best Director,Oscar, Anne V. Coates, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Maurice Jarre, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Oscar, Sam Spiegel, Best Picture,Oscar, John Cox, Best Sound
Oscar (1963) Anne V. Coates, Winner, Best Film Editing,David Lean, Winner, Best Director,Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color,John Box, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,John Cox, Winner, Best Sound,Maurice Jarre, Winner, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1963) David Lean, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director,Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography - Color,Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Omar Sharif, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
British Academy Awards (1963) Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Film from any Source
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The historical epic has been a staple of the motion picture industry since the silent era. Over the years, it has evolved to mesh with the times and meet audiences' expectations. Viewers in the 1910s got D.W. Griffith's racist Birth of a Nation, while movie-goers in the 2000s were poleaxed by the trite but visually impressive Pearl Harbor. In between lie the best of the epics, and, while it's impossible to single out one as being at the inarguable top of the heap, David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is certainly a contender for the position. Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more...For David Lean, widely regarded as one of the masters of epic filmmaking, Lawrence of Arabia represented the most ambitious undertaking of a fruitful career. Restored to its full length in 1989, the version available today shows the story as Lean intended it to be seen - provided the viewer is able to see it projected, not compressed onto a TV screen. While it's true that Lawrence of Arabia still works on the small screen, it is robbed of one of the most important aspect of any motion picture spectacle - the awe factor. When that is present, this becomes an event - something that even the most restless viewer will become lost in.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What a bold, mad act of genius it was to make "Lawrence of Arabia," or even think that it could be made. In the words 27 years later of one of its stars, Omar Sharif: "If you are the man with the money and somebody comes to you and says he wants to make a film that's four hours long, with no stars, and no women, and no love story, and not much action either, and he wants to spend a huge amount of money to go film it in the desert, what would you say?" The impulse to make this movie was based, above all, on imagination. The story of "Lawrence" is not founded on violent battle scenes or cheap melodrama, but on David Lean's ability to imagine what it would look like to see a speck appear on the horizon of the desert and slowly grow into a human being. He had to know how that would feel, before he could convince himself that the project had a chance of being successful..."Lawrence of Arabia" was one of the last films to be photographed in 70mm (as opposed to being blown up to 70 from a 35mm negative). It is a great experience to see it in 1989 as Lean intended it in 1962 - and also a humbling one, to realize how the motion picture industry is losing the vision to make epic films like this and settling for safe narrative formulas instead.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Collector's Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Actor O'toole,Peter
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Spell-binding cinema.
Emanuel Levy, ...always visually mesmerizing...[and] boasting a radical, even subversive performance of the young Peter O'Toole.
Empire Magazine Sweeping, epic, majestic, awesome, sumptuous...with amazing performances and gorgeous visuals...
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...a truly magnificent film.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...belongs near the very top [of all-time "best film" lists]. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
Wesley Lovell, The Oscar Guy A gorgeous epic with an outstanding performance from Peter O'Toole.

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