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Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Lean

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About the Movie

One of the screen's grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true-life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia. A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads fifty of Feisal's men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish-held port of Aqaba. And following his successful raids against Turkish troops and trains, Lawrence's triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: Still astonishes. – Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies, Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: Deathless, and looking as good as new. – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK), Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: You'll need to dedicate half a day to it - but this deserves to be seen again on the big screen. – Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Nov 20, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Best in 70mm Super Cinerama

I saw this masterpiece in Cinerama at Arclight in Hollywood..(has it really been 6 years ago?)
Wow!, what a super “awesome” experience. I’m absolutely sure that 70mm is better than HD or even blue ray! Brighter, with better color rendition.
I was checking out the trailer and comparing it to my Box Set Laserdisc of this film, and I'm afraid this version has been trimmed to fit modern TVs. "That is a Pity" as Lawrence would say, and of course the multi channel sound has been reduced to “stereo”. I would love to have this
in my electronic collection, but I can’t bring myself to purchase a “modified to fit this screen” version.
I hope Apple can convince the studio to allow it to transfer an unmolested version soon as I’m sure everyone wants a great electronic copy of this epic.
Well, Apple put up a new trailer, so I bit the bullet and bought it but while the picture is pretty clear, the sides have been cut of by about 25% compared to my director approved Laserdisc so it may be "restored" but the studio has hacked it again. That's a pity.
Well I hope Apple can get a truly restored version in the correct wide screen version.

Big things have small beginnings

Stunning cinematography, epic musical score, an intelligent near flawless script, ambitious scope, and a legendary perfomance by Peter O'Toole combine to create one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history.

What part of the film is below 100%

Okay, maybe as a 12 year I was too easily impressed by the musical score, scope of the scenes, suspense of what was going to happen next and that superlative cast. All of this coupled with the cinematography and David Lean's direction only go to illustrate how complete an entertainment package this is.

But the one aspect which puts this over the top is Peter O'Toole. So is there a score higher than 100 because he's certainly earned it. But no matter what O'Toole's score is, David Lean has earned a higher one for not just bringing all the various components together but for knowing the right time to allow his characters and
/or the scenics with no dialogue to go "over the top" to keep us emotionally dialed into the movie.

Not sure to buy it? TMC shows it regularly. Watching just the first 10-15 minutes should convince you.