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Lawrence of Arabia [Superbit] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1962]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Defective release?

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    Werty

    I purchased Lawrence of Arabia on Blu-Ray the day it was released. i am posting this review as a warning that there may be a problem watching it on some BD players. I have a modern home theater system: HP Windows 7 Media Center PC and a factory installed BD drive. Software is up-to-date. All my other BD movies play normally. Lawrence of Arabia does not. When WMC tries to load the movie a pop-up appears asking "Would you like to check for updates?" Whether i select yes or no the movie fails to load and the same pop-up reappears a moment later. There seems to be no way out of the loop. I returned the disc to Best Buy where a manager tried my original disc and a second copy on the store's stand-alone BD player. Neither disc worked. Do not consider buying this release without checking BD forums and online reviews for advice about this problem. If you decide to buy the movie get a manager's assurance that you can return the disc if it does not work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great film in a beautiful package.

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    Siamak
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic film on a great blu-ray.

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    varmintx
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    Amazingly enough, I had never seen Lawrence of Arabia before the blu-ray; one of the very few classics that I missed growing up. It's easy to see why it's a classic though, as it's an incredible experience from beginning to end. The video, showcasing that wonderful footage, is almost perfect only with some very rare, faint blue vertical lines intruding and those are almost certainly a source issue and not a problem with the encode. Equally impressive, the audio is phenomenal with the iconic score soaring through. The only problem here is the obvious dubbing in of lines in one scene for which the original source material was lost. Again, an extremely minor nitpick that has nothing to do with the quality of the disc. There are many behind the scenes featureless to round out the package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitive example of a masterpiece classic epic.

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    varq
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    A must have addition for any film lovers collection. I personally find this film close to being an example of the perfect epic. with the highest standards in cinematography, acting, script, directing and writing employed. This Movie was crafted with respect for the subject matter and the audience. It serves as a good history lesson explaining partially how the arabic world of today came to be. the closest I can come to any criticism is that the pacing could seem a bit different to persons who are used to the 'fast food' pacing and quick takes found in modern flicks. This film is meant to envelope the audience in its world and be savored by the viewer like a full course meal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Collection Piece

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    BobPetrocelliJr
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    Upon learning of this special edition release, I was stunned when I checked my collection & realized that I did not own this film classic on DVD or Blu-Ray. That sealed the deal for me. I went to Best Buy the very next day, and purchased this steel book. Very nice quality steel book (as are most of the steels from BB), makes a fine addition amongst the rest of my collection. Picture quality is stunning, with a 4K scan restoration, it looks just as good as any modern film released on Blu-Ray. Audio quality is superb, not a missed sound or note. Highly recommend this version to collectors, makes a fine addition to the film buff's collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterpiece

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    Xavdotcom
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    One of the greatest motion pictures on Earth comes home on Blu-Ray disc. It's one of the most sweeping adventures of all time committed to film. The story of one man's struggle in the desert as externalized by his own quest to unite the Arab armies against the Turks all amid British influence is a fascinating tale. One feels as though one is in the desert and experiences the hypnotic quality of doing so while one watches the picture. It is a trip like "2001 A Space Odyssey" and is much an experience to undergo the process of watching the film as it is to experience the story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic

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    Mejiti
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    While I already own a copy of this movie, I couldn't pass up the steel book version. Best Buy is second to none with their collectible packaging. The movie is obviously one of the more celebrated of all time, chronicling the military life of T.E. Lawrence and his rise to becoming one of the most influential leaders in history. The cast, lead by Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, shine in this film. The cinematography is astonishing and the landscapes are beautiful, even when they're being decimated by war. A perfect film for a rainy afternoon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Blu-ray of a classic film

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    BrianC007
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    I had never seen Lawrence of Arabia, though at nearly four hours long, I'm glad that I waited until I was older to appreciate it. And I'm even more glad that I waited to see it on this outstanding Blu-ray release. While a bit long, Lawrence still moves along well and features an incredible cast, particularly Peter O'Toole in his film debut (hard to believe!). The restoration on this disc is phenomenal, you get the true scope of the cinematography, and I don't think it could look any better. If you are a film buff and haven't seen it, it's a must see, especially on this medium.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EPIC GRANDEUR-EPIC STORY-EPIC PETER O'TOOLE

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    moviefanatic
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    This is truly one of the best uses of narural scenery, background music scoring and storytelling that only the combined talents of the modern day film industry could succeed in bringing together as they fictionalize the true events that portray the dramatic life and times and series of events of the real-life historical T.E. Lawrence. It also took this epic-structured sentence to review and do justice to this 'must-have' film in your collection as one of the greatest films ever made! (Applause, thank you!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Film on Blu Ray with All Star Cast

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    DuaneJ
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    There is a reason this film achieved 7 Academy Awards...Great Story, Great Cast and Over the Top Cinematics with no CGI. The under 30 crowd may not appreciate what this epic film has to offer, but so many things have graduated from here. Peter O' Toole, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Claude Rains and more round out this EPIC cast. "From small things are great beginnings..." I recently was watching the Alien prequel Prometheus where this movie was referenced and admired by the android named David. At this price...just had to get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the BEST movies in history!

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    jcrooner66
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    Deservedly viewed as one of the most critically acclaimed movies in history. This desert saga was one of the most challenging movies ever filmed. Lean's typical manic attention to every detail is put to its best use here. Maurice Jarre's beautiful score, the rarely equaled cinematography combined with superb acting and unparalleled desert scenery make this one of the true must-see cinematic experiences. Buy it. Watch it in hi-def on the biggest screen you can find and turn up the volume!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Don't make movies like this

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    htdrag11
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    50 year old movie - it's amazing in blu-ray projecting onto a 9' screen. Most people can't see the vertical graininess but the larger venue is very unforgiving. Still, this is better than Sound of Music and My Fair Lady in terms of picture quality. Considering this was his first movie (O'Toole did TV shows), he was incredible in showing his breath of emotions. It takes one fanatic to act like a fanatic. You can't go wrong with this version (my previous Exclusive Limited Edition DVD was poor). I even bought another one for my family member.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect cinematography and cast

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    blureview907
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    Before seeing this film, I didn't think I could've been missing much from the world of movies because I've seen thousands of them including most films considered classics. When I saw this Blu-ray for such a low price, I had to check it out. I couldn't have been more pleased with this purchase. With vast shots of the sprawling desert and perfectly shot symmetrical scenes, Lawrence of Arabia is a beautiful epic masterpiece of film that boasts an extremely talented cast with an equally entertaining story. Also recommended: Dr. Zhivago

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Original Epic

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    Leibniz
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    Lawrence of Arabia is a true classic and a groundbreaking epic long before those words became just overused marketing ploys. From F.A. Young's breathtaking cinematography and Maurice Jarre's now-classic soundtrack to Peter O'Toole's impeccable personal portrait and David Lean's remarkable direction, Lawrence of Arabia dazzles with both depth and breadth, and is the standard by all subsequent epics can be measured. Great picture quality on the Blu-Ray release, a worthwhile upgrade even from the excellent Superbit DVD edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    gbsf6212
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    I have always loved this movie, but be warned, this single DVD version is NOT the director's cut. It is the restored 1988 version, and very beautiful, but it does not have the wonderful (additional) aerial shots and other scenes included in the longer version. Instead we get over 10 minutes of completely blank screen while the musical overtures play (apparently something director David Lean originally wanted). I would rather have had the director's cut. There is no "bonus" material at all in this version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A tale of a dual hero to his own & others.

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    Besty
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    Peter O'Toole , Alec Guinness , Omar Sharif , all great actors , head a large cast of characters in this epic tale. Since 1962 , this film has always been a classic of large movie making. A single modest man that becomes a desert military icon respected by the English military and loved by the Arab people. Its a true Hollywood movie spectacle as made during the 60s. Beautiful colorful presentation , great sets . If you haven't seen it , you must put it on your " to get " list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best gift sets of all time.

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    necc
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    Lawrence of Arabia is one of the greatest epics (if not the greatest epic) of all time, But that is not the only reason why this gift set is awesome. It comes with a book about the making of the movie and the restoration process with never before seen behind the scenes pictures, an authentic film cell, and a four disc set: Disc 1 is the movie, Disc 2&3 are the Bonus features, and the fourth disc is the sound track. In other words, if you haven't bought this gift set, BUY IT!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lawrence of Arabia it is a classic movie

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    jedibill
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    I remember seeing this movie years and years ago on television in black-and-white I was going to see it in color then they started showing it in color chopped up now you got the chance to: the original Willy with everything restored from the 70 mm negative you have a book to go along with it music to you along with it. All this good stuff goes with it to make you feel like you're at the theater again. So I hope you like my review of this movie check out my other ones. bill

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie. Great on the big screen.

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    ikjeij
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    This movie is one of my favorites to watch on the projector. Classic cinematography and looks excellent in blu-ray. Sound is spectacular and video looks stunning. I like that they didn't overdo the noise reduction and it still retains the character of film. For younger generations this may seem like it drags on. My girlfriend and I are in our 20s and she won't even sit through the movie. Bottom-line: if you enjoy classic films and good stories, Lawrence of Arabia won't disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Blu Ray of an Excellent Movie

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    hugo23
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    Lawrence of Arabia doesn't really need to be reviewed in itself as the movie is timeless and will always be a classic film. This is a perfect movie for Blu Ray in that most of it is is filmed in the desert, and that color contrast stands out. The transfer from film to digital here is outstanding. Very crisp and the colors really stand out for a film made in 1962. The sound quality is as good as can be expected with a movie from that era. I highly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend