‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Remastered on Disc and in Theaters18 Jul, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff
Sony Pictures Entertainment is commemorating the 50th anniversary of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia with a three-disc Blu-ray set, due Nov. 13, about a month after the digitally restored director’s cut of the film returns to theaters Oct. 4.
“The original negative was seriously damaged in a number of ways, some problems dating from the original release and some accumulated over the years,” said Grover Crisp, EVP of asset management, film restoration and digital mastering for SPE. “But, until now, we did not have the tools available to address these issues. We think fans of the film will be as amazed as we are at the detail and resolution in the imagery captured by cinematographer Freddie Young to complement David Lean’s immaculate direction.”
The 1962 film — described as a complex portrait of T.E. Lawrence, an Englishman who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I — stars Peter O’Toole, Alec Guiness and Anthony Quinn.
The restored version of the film will make its U. S. premiere in Los Angeles July 19 with a special 4K presentation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Lawrence of Arabia, which won seven Academy Awards, is also scheduled to air on Turner Classic Movies, as a television exclusive, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.