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Lawrence of Arabia(1962)
The dramatic portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East, Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved films of all time. Assigned to Arabia during World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields, where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire.
For more about Lawrence of Arabia and the Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray release, see Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on November 15, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Josť Ferrer
Director: David Lean
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Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray Review
The year's best big box set.
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, November 15, 2012
Sony has released its timeless classic 'Lawrence of Arabia' to Blu-ray in both a standard two-disc release as well as this massive and attractive four-disc version that contains an extra disc's worth of supplements, a CD soundtrack, a limited 70mm film frame, and a handsome 88-page coffee table hardbound book. It's elegant, a streamlined and simple collection with value added that's little in number but great in content and collectibility. This review will focus exclusively on the new content exclusive to this box; the film, the video and audio presentations, and the discs one and two supplements are identical to those included with the two-disc set. For reviews of that content, please click through the link above.
Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Lawrence of Arabia's Blu-ray box set hearkens back to the days of big LaserDisc boxed sets (see the last screenshots for a few size comparisons), but inside, of course, is no 12" platter (or six or seven, as the case sometimes was) but rather three little Blu-ray discs and one CD, one film frame, and one gigantic coffee table book. The box's exterior dimensions measure about a foot in length and height and approximately 1.75" in depth. It's stored inside a somewhat flimsy but attractive plastic outer sleeve with basic identifying text on the front and more detail about the film and the supplements on the back. The book measures about the same in length and height but, of course, is a bit thinner at only 88 full-color glossy pages that include plenty of text and photographs chronicling the film. The individually numbered 70mm film frame comes sealed in a transparent sleeve. The Blu-ray case is of double width to accommodate the added two discs. Included inside is a UV digital copy code as well as a soundtrack listing leaflet. Below is a review of the Blu-ray supplements exclusive to this set as well as the soundtrack disc track listing. Disc three Blu-ray special feature subtitle options include English, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.
Compact Disc Soundtrack Track Listing:
Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
This big box might cost big bucks, but unlike some previous Blu-ray mega-box editions, this one is well worth the added cost. Lawrence of Arabia's definitive home video presentation is worth treasuring. The video and audio qualities are above reproach, and with the added disc of supplements and the inclusion of the CD soundtrack, the Blu-ray collection cannot be beat. The box itself hearkens back to the good old collecting days of LaserDisc in terms of size, stature, and collection display prominence. The book is great and the 70mm film frame makes for a very nice value-added collectible. All things considered, this box is perhaps the best collector's edition yet released to Blu-ray. Look for it in the top spot of my "best of 2012" list coming later this year. Of course, this set receives my highest recommendation.
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