A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Lawrie Raskin

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    Actually, "the Aurens video game" (for PlayStation 3) has been out since 2011.
    It's called "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception".
    Have a look at the trailer for it, which appeared in December 2010:

    I'm not a video-gamer, but I'm told that it's one of the more highly regarded ones,
    with terrific 'play' and sensational graphics. The intro and set-up are all about TE,
    and refers to clues to a quest in TE's notebooks, but I think that's where it stops
    (don't quote me!). If you type in the game title on YouTube, you can find numerous
    lengthy clips of sample 'play' sequences. I shudder to imagine what TE would have
    thought about all this. Have fun.
     
  2. Lawrie Raskin

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    Further to my last post about the LOA video game, if you do want to watch the trailer (worth it),
    be sure to first click on "YouTube — Watch on YouTube", then set the preferences 'gear' to "720p-HD"
    and also hit "full screen". Good 'eye candy'.
    Here's a bit more, in a 5-minute clip of some desert action from the game:

    Not really TE, but impressive. Enjoy.
     
  3. Lawrie Raskin

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    A further PS to all this advanced silliness: I gather the plot hinges on a ragtag (always 'ragtag') group
    of adventurers seeking something or other (probably 'untold treasure'), hinted at by TE's journals,
    and somehow connected to Sir Francis Drake (!!!???), all of which leads to a dangerous (of course) journey
    to the lost city of Ubar— the 'Atlantis of the Sands' — in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia.
    If you open the YouTube clip entitled "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (The Movie)" — 3hr16min long,
    posted 12 April 2012 by Andy Gilleand — all the TEL rationale is explained from the 43- to the 47-minute mark.
    In the meantime, here's a screen grab of the TE stuff on the heroes' table:
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  4. Lawrie Raskin

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    Note (as I did, with great delight) that this is a video game which
    actually features and promotes the use of books!!!
     
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    Books! What won't they think of next?

    We need more advanced silliness. Bring it on!

    I shall do my part by going out to see Cleopatra this evening at the local bijou.
     
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    May I say that this is page 222 of the most incredible thread. Page 222! That's one page per minute of the original theatrical version!
     
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    When I was a kid growing up in Chicago the BIJOU was the theater where they played only "All Male Cast" movies. I wonder if a different version of CLEOPATRA ever played there?
     
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    In related "Cleopatra" news, HTF reviewer Matt Hough confirms that the Entre'acte music has been properly moved to the beginning of Disc 2 for the US blu-ray release...nice to know that Shawn Belston & Company at Fox care enough to correct the little things we HTF members nitpick about... :laugh:
     
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    That really is great to hear. Seriously.

    Thank you, Shawn Belston & Company at Fox!
     
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    Booo! I'll be keeping my UK version so I can just get right to the movie on disc two.
     
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    Oy! I just got word that two (2) people showed up for the 2 p.m. showing today.
     
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    Chapter skip is your friend. :)
     
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    but then I have to push a button.
     
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    Unless it is like LOA where chapter 2 does not start right after the music but after the first scene of the movie
     
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    Yes, I just noticed that today too. The American Cinematheque really needs to work on their PR, it's terrible, very, very few people know that Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and Lawrence of Arabia are playing this weekend.

    I always hear people wishing for 70mm screenings of Lawrence, but 4K DCP seems to be the standard presentation now. Will new 70mm prints of the restoration ever be struck? I'm not against 4K at all, but it is lower resolution than 70mm can display, I know Lawrence was scanned at 8K.
     
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    4k is not a lower resolution than 70mm.

    RAH
     
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    The image below was sent to me by Mr. Raskin, who came upon it via Google maps (street view) heading north on coast road ALP-118.

    His message was: "About a mile and a half north of the town, as I came around a left curve, here's what I saw. Look familiar? Not the [building in the fg], but the beloved familiar land form in the distance...

    In his natural fashion, when I suggested that I'd like to post the image, he replied in a Boltie...

    But from a different film.

    "Ah... then it's a gift."

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    Forgive me if this has been mentioned in this thread. I did a search on "No, something else..." and got nothing. I thought maybe the minds here would have a specific answer to my question based on readings of T.E. Lawrence's work.

    In the exchange with Allenby after Lawrence reaches Cairo to announce the taking of Aqaba, Lawrence twice dismisses Allenby's conclusions about why he does not think he is fit to be promoted to Major and return to carry on the good work before he finally confesses on the third try to, shockingly, enjoying killing a man:
    Lawrence: No, something else.
    Allenby: I see. Well that's all right. Let it be a warning.
    Lawrence: No, something else.
    Allenby: What then?
    Lawrence: I enjoyed it.
    Allenby: Rubbish...What do you mean by coming here dressed like that? Amateur theatricals?
    Lawrence: Oh yes, entirely.

    (Me: Wow, what is it with the "quote" feature on this site now. Every time I try to keep the entire exchange into one quotation box, the site separates the next line into a new quote box. Whatever...)


    Allenby's first conclusion about it, that most people are naturally averse to killing someone, is dismissed by Lawrence with his first, "No, something else."

    So Allenby thinks for a brief moment, squirms in his seat so much that he has to shift in his chair, and shakes off that thought with, "I see. Well that's all right. Let it be a warning", suggesting that he came to another conclusion that is so uncomfortable he avoids mentioning it by name...Lawrence knows what Allenby mistakenly thinks he is referring to as well.

    Then Lawrence dismisses THAT conclusion with, "No, something else" and confesses to having enjoyed it. Allenby's reaction to that confession suggests he had no idea that was what Lawrence was talking about. However, his reaction to the confession is only marginally more "shocked" than whatever it was he thought it was the second time around.

    My question is, what did Allenby think Lawrence was driving at the second time when his response to the first, "No, something else", was a visibly uncomfortable, "I see. Well that's all right. Let it be a warning"?

    I have my own assessment of what he thought it was, but wonder if I am reading too much into it or perhaps missing the forest for the trees on this one. Both Lawrence and Allenby are on the same page with whatever it was Allenby thought Lawrence "didn't like about it" that second time around "No, something else", but what do you suppose it was if it wasn't the natural aversion to killing someone OR that Lawrence enjoyed doing it? This is a very big moment in the movie. The camera moves in on Lawrence during this exchange in a way it doesn't through the rest of the film. So I imagine whatever it was that prompted the second, "No, something else" must be pretty pertinent to the character and story. Any thoughts?
     

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