Blu-ray Review Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray Review

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  1. OliverK

    OliverK Cinematographer

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    Wow, I guess I can be lucky then - I got O'Toole.
    And the desert.
    And Anthony Quayle.
    Plus my box arrived 4 weeks early!
    And a magnificent box it is, almost as big as the LoA Muse LD!
     
  2. JamesNelson

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    Cell envy. I've got it too.
     
  3. lukejosephchung

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    I just opened my LOA box...the 70mm frame is #25712...Ali, Lawrence and Auda at Auda's wells after the trek through the Nefud Desert...NICE!!!
     
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    Anthony Quayle...indoor shot...no desert, nobody else. SIGH!
     
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    As posted in the "A few words..." thread, my cell (28956) has Farraj, Brighton and Lawrence in the officers club, immediately after Lawrence says the bed is for Farraj. Very nice. My local Costco only had two boxes left. I noticed on one the case was to be removed from the right, and on the other, from the left.
    Great review.
     
  6. Virgoan

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    Ah, something for everyone then...one for right-handers and one for southpaws! :D
     
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    Just got my copy this morning from Amazon! It's Awesome!!! STILL my NUMBER 1 film~
     
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    Got my box yesterday, will be all over it during the entire weekend. Got my viewing cut out for me.
     
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    Very nice review....thanks Richard!
     
  10. Richard Gallagher

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    Thanks, Warren.

    Those of you who are receiving your box sets are in for a real treat.
     
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    This is incredible! When seeing this in the theater in 1988, during the scene of the return of Lawrence coming back from the Anvil to rescue Gasim, you could see that tiny little speck of Lawrence on the first shot of the horizon. But on network television, no way. On cable, no way. On VHS, forget it. Even on DVD maybe barely. But now on BD, it's there in all it's glory!
    No doubt this will be one of top BD releases of the year. Finished with the feature, now to move on to the extras.
     
  12. Todd J Moore

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    So the whole movie is on one disc then? Okay. One thing that bugged me about the DVD is disc one ended 20 minutes before the intermission!
     
  13. Richard Gallagher

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    Yes, the entire film, including the intermission, is on Disc One.
     
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    I can only agree with all of the posters in saying that this presentation is amazing. At this point I was expecting a fantastic picture, but the sound is really blowing me away as well! My big Polks are getting a wonderful workout.
     
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    Another word of praise for the whole package and spectacular picture quality. I do like the balcony scene extra but I think it's a great pity that it wasn't integrated into the film - yes, I've read why it wasn't.
     
  16. lukejosephchung

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    The voice dubbing job for Jack Hawkins in the scene by actor Charles Gray wasn't deemed satisfactory by Sir David Lean when done during the 1988 restoration project, so I think we should defer to his wishes and be grateful that we still have it at all, albeit separated from the movie proper!!!
     
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    i have nothing but praise for the work that has gone into this blu ray restoration. Moving on, I only wish London had put this on a big screen for the cinema release not a tiny screen in the Empire Leicester square and the rather small screen at the NFT 1
    A wasted opportunity... Come back METROPOLE VICTORIA all is forgiven a wonderful 70mm screen where Lawrence resided for 3 years in the early sixties...
     
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    The deleted balcony scene is not presented in high-definition, it's standard def.
    Vincent
     
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    The screening last night and Sunday at the Empire were in the main screen , the Digital picture size on scope is even larger than the old 70mm.
     
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    Also re my last post at least the NFT 1 has tabs and a 4K Digital Projector, the picture size for 70mm 2.20.1 is the same ratio on the DCP as
    they just bring the side masking in from DCI 2.39.1.
    Also the picture cant be any bigger to they raise Waterloo Bridge.
    I love NFT 1 and have seen some fantastic films in all formats over 40 odd years.
     

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