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David Lean’s masterpiece finally arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray, with a catch. It’s only available as part of the 6-movie Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume I.



Lawrence of Arabia (1962)



Released: 11 Dec 1962
Rated: Approved
Runtime: 228 min




Director: David Lean
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War



Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
Writer(s): T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)



Plot: The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.



IMDB rating: 8.3
MetaScore: 100





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So my question is : I have the bluray box of junk version and the 4k iTunes version (and probably the movies anywhere and vudu as well). Do I need to consider this one when it becomes a separately available purchase?
 

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So my question is : I have the bluray box of junk version and the 4k iTunes version (and probably the movies anywhere and vudu as well). Do I need to consider this one when it becomes a separately available purchase?
Tough to say. I believe this has the same extras (other than the prologue) as the deluxe Blu-ray edition (once the replacement discs ship out). I do know that as of this morning, iTunes had not updated their 4K version to include Dolby Vision, so they are using an older 4K transfer (but that is subject to change). Movies Anywhere and Vudu have updated their 4K copies to include HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but only Vudu has Dolby Atmos audio (MA is only 5.1).
 
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Just googled the Columbia Classics Collection and it strikes me as a very strange selection (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Strangelove, Ghandi, A League of Their Own and Jerry Maguire). I don't see any discernible pattern between them.

And I feel that any Columbia collection that aims to be representative of the studio's work ought to have something from the post-Vietnam era (Easy Rider or Five Easy Pieces) and something from the SNL library (I would probably go for Stripes because Ghostbusters is overdone and Animal House was a Universal film). I would also go out on a limb and include The Cable Guy; there are two kinds of film watchers (those who get The Cable Guy and those who don't). Close Encounters of the Third Kind wouldn't be a bad call either.
 

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Just googled the Columbia Classics Collection and it strikes me as a very strange selection
As you'll find written elsewhere on here, it is partially based on a customer poll of what they would like to see in a collection....
LOA and Gandhi are the only ones that pique my interest - and I can wait until there are some stand-a-lone discs (particularly considering the price of the UK set)
 

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Just googled the Columbia Classics Collection and it strikes me as a very strange selection (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Strangelove, Ghandi, A League of Their Own and Jerry Maguire). I don't see any discernible pattern between them.

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Don’t forget, this is Volume One. More to come.
And each of theses six titles are first-time releases on 4K/UHD.
With Grover Crisp at the helm, we’re in the best of hands.

As for patterns:
2 are wide-screen historical epics.
2 are ultra black and white classics.
2 are contemporary sport-themed comedies.
 
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Just received a email from Sony Pictures Consumer Affairs about the missing extras:


Dear Angelo,


Thank you for contacting Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

We understand your concern and we are here to help.

We will ship out a replacement for the Lawrence of Arabia special features disc to your address as soon as we have the corrected product available.

We apologize for the situation and thank you for your purchase.


Regards,

Jens
SPHE Consumer Affairs
 

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Now I hope they send out a corrected disc of DISC ONE of the 4K Lawrence feature. They badly messed up the color. Go to CHAPTER 5 and you see a few minutes of O'Toole on the desert (lying down playing with his compass, and some scenes following). This part looks almost black and white with most of the color drained. Even the blood looks blackish instead of red. Compare it to the Blu-ray and you'll see the way it's supposed to look, or close to it. Sony should be ashamed of messing up these scenes, and it should be fixed and a disc sent out as replacement.

Why don't others mention this? Even Robert Harris seems to have not even seen this part of the 4K disc.
 

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Now I hope they send out a corrected disc of DISC ONE of the 4K Lawrence feature. They badly messed up the color. Go to CHAPTER 5 and you see a few minutes of O'Toole on the desert (lying down playing with his compass, and some scenes following). This part looks almost black and white with most of the color drained. Even the blood looks blackish instead of red. Compare it to the Blu-ray and you'll see the way it's supposed to look, or close to it. Sony should be ashamed of messing up these scenes, and it should be fixed and a disc sent out as replacement.

Why don't others mention this? Even Robert Harris seems to have not even seen this part of the 4K disc.
Yet, not one person has come forward to agree with you on this issue.
 

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Now I hope they send out a corrected disc of DISC ONE of the 4K Lawrence feature. They badly messed up the color. Go to CHAPTER 5 and you see a few minutes of O'Toole on the desert (lying down playing with his compass, and some scenes following). This part looks almost black and white with most of the color drained. Even the blood looks blackish instead of red. Compare it to the Blu-ray and you'll see the way it's supposed to look, or close to it. Sony should be ashamed of messing up these scenes, and it should be fixed and a disc sent out as replacement.

Why don't others mention this? Even Robert Harris seems to have not even seen this part of the 4K disc.
Yes, it can be so difficult calibrating and tweaking settings on the UHD screen. But stick with it, because all the reviews I've read are uniformly positive about this release. I have watched the entire 228 minutes, and the only true flaw is the special features disc.
 
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Just received a email from Sony Pictures Consumer Affairs about the missing extras disc being shipped out. That was quicker than i thought and that's good customer service.


Dear Angelo,


We are happy to inform you that a replacement for the Lawrence of Arabia special features disc has been sent out to your address on July 1, 2020.

We would like to thank you for your patience.


Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you.


Regards,

Jens
SPHE Consumer Affairs
 

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Wow. I was expecting this to take longer than it did. Guess I'll have to email them right away.
 

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