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Lawrence of Arabia (Single Disc Edition)
Lawrence of Arabia
Single Disc Edition
Actors: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif
Director: David Lean
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama, Military & War
G     2002     3hr 36min

Life of flamboyant British officer T.E. Lawrence.

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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif
Director: David Lean
Creators: David Lean, Jim Painten, Robert A. Harris, Sam Spiegel, Michael Wilson, Robert Bolt, T.E. Lawrence
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Classics, Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/27/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1962
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1962
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 3hr 36min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 6/9/2011...
wonderful old classic, glad to have it
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Pamela S. (Panow) from SUTHERLAND, IA
Reviewed on 3/1/2010...
My first time watching this for suggested viewing
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 2/23/2009...
OK, the first time I saw this movie was MANY years ago, so it had been a while...that being said, I just watched it again last night and WOW, I forgot how utterly amazing this movie is!!! It looks awesome on DVD...colors are just amazing as well as all of shots in the desert...unbelieveable. Terriffic story of an eccentric english officer sent to Arabia to appraise the situation during WWII. This story is sweeping and full of emotional swings, a four star cast, a truly epic production unparalelled in it's time, full of action, bullets, horses, camels, explosions and sand. AWESOME! It is a unique war movie based on T.E. Lawrence's personal memoirs. You would think 3 1/2 hours in the desert would get booring...not at all...very, very cool movie.
6 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The desert is a sea in which no oar is dipped.
Yossarian | Durham, NC USA | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is unsurprising to me that some people find Lawrence of Arabia boring. If you have the attention span of a hummingbird, this is not a film you will enjoy. It has no car chases, no bikini-clad supermodels, and nary a kung-fu move to be seen. Instead, all it offers is tortured respect for everything it touches. Lawrence of Arabia is a film that elevated the art of cinematic storytelling to new heights, and it shows. It is the journey, not the destination, that the viewer should focus on. In order to enjoy this film, you must make a commitment to watch it. Get comfortable, have something to drink on hand (you'll know why about halfway through), turn off the phone, and put the remote under a pillow. I've seen a lot of films, and some I've liked to varying degrees, and others I've simply been satisfied that Hollywood didn't butcher the underlying work or premise too badly in pursuit of the lowest common denominator. Lawrence of Arabia is different. It is one of those truly rare films that makes you feel grateful for having seen it, for the efforts of all those involved to craft, create, and perserve over the years just so you might have the chance to see it. It is such a fine film that its merits are obvious, and negative statements about it tend to simply reflect back on the critic. Why? Many reasons. The actors are likewise gifted with rare talent, and superbly cast. The settings and scenes are invariably breathtaking. The plot is engrossing and entertaining without ever becoming heavy-handed. Film students will while away hours discussing everything from the Christ imagery to the undercurrents of homoeroticism, but they do that with every film. I suggest you simply kick back and enjoy an excellent, time-honored epic about a stranger in a strange land. It is a harrowing, draining journey, but one you will not regret."
DVD the best looking version yet
keviny01 | 04/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Apart from the slightly soft, washed-out picture quality during the opening credits of the movie, the DVD edition of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is superb. The movie itself is spread onto 2 discs, with the disc break occurs just before Intermission. The Overture, Intermission, and the exit music are all played to a black screen, as per director David Lean's original wish. The picture quality looks as fresh and clean as, quite frankly, any film made in the 90s. In the dramatic shot where Lawrence appears on the far horizon after he rescued his Arab companion, the higher picture resolution of DVD makes it possible for us to notice his tiny figure whereas on VHS tapes or laserdisc it is so small it is almost impossible to see. Anyone who is serious about watching this film should get this DVD instead of any other version in order to appreciate the opulent cinematography and majestic atmosphere of this epic.The disc has over 100 minutes of old and new documentaries and news footage about the making of the film, plus two well-designed DVD-ROM features (for Windows PC only): a interactive map showing the various journeys undertaken by the real T.E. Lawrence, and a "split-screen" feature that simultaneously plays the movie and shows you text of behind-of-scene information of the particular chapter of the movie that is playing. Since the DVD lacks a second audio commentary, being able to watch the film while reading facts about it is not a bad substitute.The included "booklet" is a reproduction of the 1961 program given to theater goers, we are told. A nice touch: the disc case resembles Lawrence's diary in the movie."
Talk About Character Development !!!!! What A Classic Should
Steve Guardala | ????? | 03/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For me this epic film is tied with "A Bridge On The River Kwai" as the best movie ever made. This film had everything & more. The peerless acting of Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins, & Anthony Quinn were perfectly cast for their respective roles. Fine cinematography, direction, action, suspense, special effects, & musical score made this a mammoth production that took two years to complete.

Set in world war one in the turbulent middle east, T.E.Lawrence attempts to unite the Arabs to overthrow their Ottoman Turkish rulers. He starts as a mapmaker for British intelligence in Cairo. From the very first frames you can feel the extraordinary WILL of this man. He burns himself with matches saying to his comrade "the trick is not to mind that it hurts." He is sent to spy on King Feisal{Alec Guinness}, but he soon finds that he identifies more with the arabs than with his fellow Brit's. His brutal journey to the king under the scorching desert Sun alone is worth four stars. He develops an unexpected & intruiging relationship with an arab chieftain Sherif Ali{Omar Sharif}, that moves the film ever forward. Without orders he crosses the desert to lead a motley group of fifty men joining Auda Abu Tayi{Anthony Quinn}, to attack the Turks at Aqaba. With the victory comes his fame as US reporter Jackson Bentley{Arthur Kennedy}, brings the story to the media's attention. He moves from one gruelling adventure to another showing an indomitable will that encourages his men to fight above what they thought their own abilities were. Lawrence Of Arabia is an epic that celebrates the empty silence of the arabian desert. the vast clips across the glowing desert show a tiny rider approaching, mesmerizing sunsets, battles, & camp details make this a masterpiece. Peter O'Toole gave the greatest performance ever in this film. I'm not saying that Gregory Peck did not deserve the Oscar for "To Kill A Mockingbird," just that O'Toole deserved it a little more. The former still has never won the Oscar, which for me is an unpardonable sin!"