Lawrence of Arabia, blind purchase???

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  1. Josh Simpson

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    I've seen this used for $17.99. I've seen a lot of the "classics" but I haven't seen this one yet. I've heard a lot of dispute about the aspect ratio and different things and was wondering if this is worth a blind purchase or if another edition was coming? Let me know.
     
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    Yes it's worth a blind purchase, yes another edition is coming but it's a single disc non-special edition. For $17.99 I'd say it's a steal!
     
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    Go for it! Get it before the 2 disc version is replaced by a the one disc version.
     
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    The DVD version is the only version of the movie I've seen, and I personally thought it was great.

    However, the man responsible for the restoration, Robert A. Harris, is a member of this forum and he has stated several times that he believes the DVD version is not representative of the director's (Davis Lean) vision. He said, for instance:

     
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    I think it's a blind purchase. But, I also believe Mr. Harris is correct. But, what is going to change? I doubt, since the SE was released as it was, that any revisit to LoA is going to be more faithful to Lean's vision. That's not to say it can't happen, or won't, but it's not probable and as such, buying the current version is worth the money.

    Bruce
     
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    One could sit and pick many knits with this DVD I suppose, but let it be said that Lawrence of Arabia is one of the best motion pictures ever made and simply must be seen--period. The DVD is spotty in certain areas, noticeable even to semi-ignorant film buffs like me, but by and large we get the gist of it and the gist is this: WOW.
     
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    Another complaint often lodged against this transfer is excessive edge-enhancement.
     
  8. Rich Romero

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    Buy it. Where else are you gonna see it in widescreen and in 5.1? AMC sometimes shows it in widescreen, but very rarely. It's an excellent movie also.
     
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    Garland Kansas is a loooong way from NY or LA....
     
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    Is it coming to Chicago? I would definitely make the drive for that.

    Bruce
     
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    I guess it's about 10 hours to Chicago, according to Mapquest. He could make it a long weekend vacation up in the Windy City and see the picture as well! I drove 5 hours each way to see 2001 last year - it was more than worth it. [​IMG]
     
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    This sounds like a no risk purchase. If you don't like it, you can sell it down the road for at least as much as you paid when the 2-disc version goes OOP.
    What are you waiting for?!?!?
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    I would definitely pick Lawrence of Arabia up. It's one of the best films ever made, in my opinion.
     
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    I have never seen LOA in the theater or all at once, just bits and parts when playin on cable tv. I own the DVD but I have not had the time to commit four hours to watch it. Is the Laser Disc release a better representation of the directors vision ?
     
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    Thanks for the info. I figured I would buy it. You say a one disc edition is coming? They're gonna cram the whole movie on one disc? or you mean, just the barebones movie on two discs with no extras?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    i rent lawrence of arabia. i didnt know that the movie spanned on 2 dvds. i like the first disc, interesting story. but i think it was simply too long. the journey on the desert could have been shorter without hurting the overall story, imho. i am gonna try to rent the second disc...
     
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