This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence's ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. A bored general staffer, Lawrence talks his way into a transfer to Arabia. Once in the desert, he befriends Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif, making one of the most spectacular entrances in movie history) and draws up plans to aid the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. No one is ever able to discern Lawrence's motives in this matter: Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness) dismisses him as yet another "desert-loving Englishman," and his British superiors assume that he's either arrogant or mad. Using a combination of diplomacy and bribery, Lawrence unites the rival Arab factions of Feisal and Auda Abu Tayi (Anthony Quinn). After successfully completing his mission, Lawrence becomes an unwitting pawn of the Allies, as represented by Gen. Allenby (Jack Hawkins) and Dryden (Claude Rains), who decide to keep using Lawrence to secure Arab cooperation against the Imperial Powers. While on a spying mission to Deraa, Lawrence is captured and tortured by a sadistic Turkish Bey (Jose Ferrer). In the heat of the next battle, a wild-eyed Lawrence screams "No prisoners!" and fights more ruthlessly than ever. Screenwriters Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson used T. E. Lawrence's own self-published memoir The Seven Pillars of Wisdom as their principal source, although some of the characters are composites, and many of the "historical" incidents are of unconfirmed origin. Two years in the making (you can see O'Toole's weight fluctuate from scene to scene), the movie, lensed in Spain and Jordan, ended up costing a then-staggering $13 million and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The 1962 Royal Premiere in London was virtually the last time that David Lean's director's cut was seen: 20 minutes were edited from the film's general release, and 15 more from the 1971 reissue. This abbreviated version was all that was available for public exhibition until a massive 1989 restoration, at 216 minutes that returned several of Lean's favorite scenes while removing others with which he had never been satisfied. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi~Erin Demers
Exclusive documentary: The Making of Lawrence of Arabia
A conversation with Steven Spielberg
Four original featurettes: Maan, Jordan: The camels are cast
In Search of Lawrence
Romance of Arabia
Wind, sand and star: The making of a classic
Original newsreel footage of the New York premiere
Peter O'TooleT.E. Lawrence
Alec GuinnessPrince Feisal
Anthony QuinnAuda abu Tayi
Jack HawkinsGen. Allenby
Omar SharifSherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Anthony QuayleCol. Harry Brighton
Claude RainsMr. Dryden
Arthur KennedyJackson Bentley
Donald WolfitGen. Murray
Hugh MillerRAMC Colonel
Kenneth FortescueAllenby's Aide
Howard Marion-CrawfordMedical Officer
Norman RossingtonCorporal Jenkins
John RuddockElder Harith
Fernando SanchoTurkish Sergeant
Stuart SaundersRegimental Sergeant Major
Maurice JarreComposer (Music Score)
Morris W. StoloffMusical Direction/Supervision
Anne V. CoatesEditor
John BoxProduction Designer
Tony MastersProduction Designer
John StollArt Director
Dario SimoniSet Designer
Phyllis DaltonCostume Designer
Roy StevensFirst Assistant Director
Tony RimmingtonFirst Assistant Director
Ernest DayCamera Operator
John PalmerProduction Manager
Eva MonleyLocation Manager
Richard L. AndersonSound Special Effects
British Empire Film,War Epic
Lawrence of Arabia
United Kingdom,United States
Year of Release
2 Discs, Collector's Edition, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
Lawrence of Arabia [Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
I can’t say how many times I have watched this movie and every time it just gets better and better.
It is a story of a great man and soldier who lead by example and courage.
For the younger generation you need to watch this movie.
Produced in 1962. The cinematography is still impr
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Just an amazing film about an ego maniacal man who made an incredible difference in the Arab world.
He died virtually alone with few friends but made an undeniable impact on those he came into contact with.
The film is beautiful and this blu-ray edition of it does it the images of the background and characters justice. Packaging wise, it could have been better. This is a standard metalpak, which differs from a steelbook in how the case's spine is put together. Metalpaks have hinces that protrude forward off the case itself instead of a Steelbook having a flat metal spine.
This wouldn't be worth mentioning if it weren't for the fact a Steelbook edition of this film exists. It contains the same film, extras and even the same image on the cover and back that the metalpak one here does, but it's just not in the generic case. If you're a fan, you may want to opt for the steelbook edition elsewhere.
This review is from Lawrence of Arabia [Blu-ray] [SteelBook] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Great movie! Looks stunning compared to previous versions of the film. I reduced one star because the digital copy code was missing when i removed the plastic seal.