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Format: DVD
Sku: 40149233
UPC: 043396058323
UPC 14: 00043396058323
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Winner of 7 Academy Awards.|One of the Most Critically Acclaimed and Beloved Films of All Time...
A 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 fractions into a strong guerilla front and leads them brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they defeat the ruling turkish empire.

"...a great experience.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Spectacular...  Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Spell-binding cinema.  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...always visually mesmerizing...[and] boasting a radical, even subversive performance of the young Peter O'Toole.  Emanuel Levy,
"Sweeping, epic, majestic, awesome, sumptuous...with amazing performances and gorgeous visuals...  Empire Magazine
"...a truly magnificent film.  Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.  Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"...belongs near the very top [of all-time "best film" lists]. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A gorgeous epic with an outstanding performance from Peter O'Toole.  Wesley Lovell, The Oscar Guy

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/20/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 228 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05832
Video UPC UPC: 00043396058323
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alec Guinness
Video Cast Info Anthony Quayle
Video Cast Info Anthony Quinn
Video Cast Info Arthur Kennedy
Video Cast Info Claude Rains
Video Cast Info Jack Hawkins
Video Cast Info Jose Ferrer
Video Cast Info Omar Sharif
Video Cast Info Peter O'Toole
Video Cast Info T.E. Lawrence - Based On The Writings Of
Video Cast Info David Lean - Director
Video Cast Info Freddie Young - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Maurice Jarre - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Sam Spiegel - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Bolt - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michael Wilson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Anne V. Coates - Editor
Video Cast Info Anthony Masters - Art Director
Video Cast Info Freddie Young - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Box - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Stoll - Art Director
Video Cast Info Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert A. Harris - Producer
Video Cast Info T.E. Lawrence - Based On Writings By
Plot Summary
This classic film was based on the real-life exploits of legendary British scholar and soldier T.E. Lawrence. Stationed in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence languished in the mapmaking department of British Intelligence until he was asked to find and gather information on Prince Feisal, leader of the Arab Allied forces in World War I. His desert journey inspired his first military success when he led a small contingent of Arabs against the Turkish stronghold of Aqaba. Lawrence's military career flourished as he attempted to forge a new, united Arab nation out of squabbling tribes.


Oscar (1963)
Video Award Name David Lean, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name John Box, et al., Winner, Best Set Decoration
Video Award Name Freddie Young, Winner, Best Color Cinematography
Video Award Name Anne V. Coates, Winner, Best Film Editing
Video Award Name Jaurice Jarre, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name John Cox, Winner, Best Sound
   Video Award Name Peter O'Toole, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Omar Sharif, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Robert Bolt, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Golden Globe (1963)
Video Award Name Freddie Young, Winner, Best Color Cinematography
Video Award Name David Lean, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director
Video Award Name Omar Sharif, Winner, Best Supporting Actor

Winner (1963)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Film from any Source
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography - Color
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, David Lean, Best Motion Picture Director
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Omar Sharif, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Box, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
   Video Award Name Oscar, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Oscar, David Lean, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Anne V. Coates, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Maurice Jarre, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sam Spiegel, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Cox, Best Sound

Oscar (1963)
Video Award Name Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color

Golden Globe (1963)
Video Award Name Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography - Color

Oscar (1963)
Video Award Name John Box, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

British Academy Awards (1963)
Video Award Name Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Film from any Source

Golden Globe (1963)
Video Award Name Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Oscar (1963)
Video Award Name Maurice Jarre, Winner, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original
Video Award Name Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, restored to its full clarity and magnificence, is one of the Seven Wonders of the cinematic world..." 02/15/1989 p.C6

Chicago Sun-Times
"...What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, or even think that it could be made....It is a spare movie in clean, uncluttered lines..." 09/02/2001 p.4

Entertainment Weekly
"...It's pretty damned good..." 04/06/2001 p.95

Total Film
"...With grand, sweeping desertscapes, huge battles and Robert Bolt's Oscar-winning dialogue, this is as shockingly beautiful and hugely intelligent as any film ever made..." 05/01/2000 p.102

Los Angeles Times
"The 1962 film won seven Oscars and became a career changer for its star, Peter O'Toole." 11/26/2009

Boxoffice Magazine 10 of 10
In any list of the great adventure films of all time, the Sam Spiegel-David Lean production of Lawrence of Arabia must stand near the top. In the power, sweep and realism of its story dealing with the legendary war hero, the picture has rarely been equalled. Add to this, the brilliance of its acting, most particularly by... Peter O'Toole, the excellence of David Lean's direction and...the breathtakingly beautiful outdoors photography of the Sahara Desert locations and the film becomes a "must" for every discerning moviegoer. In all, Lawrence of Arabia is a cinematic triumph. - Frank Leyendecker

Movie Reviews UK 10 of 10
The utterly spell-binding biography of a WWI hero, Lawrence of Arabia comes close to perfection in the realms of cinematography, score, script and performances. - Damian Cannon

ReelViews 10 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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