- Jan 3, 2008
- Real Name
- Brian Hearon
I can think of few films yet to released that I am awaiting more than LOA. This film begs for blu-ray but sadly doesn't seem to be on Sony's radar. Do you have any insight into this?
Is this scene being restored for the Bluray or is it lost forever?Originally Posted by dannyboy104
Thanks for the links Stephen.
There is some more info regarding the Balcony scene , taken from an interview conducted by Geoff McNeal with Robert A Harris in August 2000.
"When we were completing the cut, we attempted to put together a balcony scene in reel 11B, in which Allenby works to get Lawrence to go back to Arabia. The scene had been hacked in the shorter version. David wanted it in. Bob Bolt felt it was the finest scene he had ever written, which is saying a great deal. David directed the looping of dialogue in London with Peter and, lending his voice to the Jack Hawkins character, Charles Gray. We had requested that the studio check the voices on a few actors and select the best for the roll. They simply took the first on the list, which was Gray -- a fine actor-but sounded nothing like Hawkins.*
When we put together the scene, it was obvious that Gray's voice didn't work. At precisely this time, David had to leave for the Cannes Film Fest, Dawn Steel wanted to see the film before he left and we went about recutting the scene once again for a special screening. It was a horrific decision and something that I should have fought at the time, but didn't. David wanted the Allenby lines revoiced and put back at some time in the future. Days after he left town, over cutting room was shut down-and it never happened. I've been trying to get the extended scene reinstated ever since. It adds layers to the film which are unbelievably rich. Their feeling, and one cannot find ultimate fault with their position, is that David allowed the film to be screened in 1989 without the additional footage, thereby accepting it as "his" cut."
* Charles Grey provided his voice(along side Robert Rietty) on numerous films when Jack Hawkins lost his voice due to cancer of the larynx.
screenonline: Gray, Charles (1928-2000) Biography
You would think with the technology available that they could redo the voice of Hawkins for that scene and put it back in, that's assuming the footage is still in good condition, think of the sales potential to put on the cover that this edition includes such a scene, i would think it would pay for itself with regards to additional costs to include it.Originally Posted by Paul Rossen
Is this scene being restored for the Bluray or is it lost forever?
What a great festival!!! Why can't it come to the Bay Area where I live?Originally Posted by dendodd
I have bought a bluray player specifically to be ready to screen Lawrence the moment it is released. Let's hope it's soon! These glimpses now and then are encouraging feelings of frustration with Sony/Columbia.
Lawrence will be shown in 70mm super panavision in Ottawa by the Lost Dominion Screening Collective. I understand that Robert Harris will be attending the festival as a number of his restorations will be screened. Also, at least one of the authors of "The 30th Anniversary Pictorial History Lawrence of Arabia" will be in attendance. I believe also that copies of that book will be available in both paperback and hardcover editions at the festival.
Lawrence of Arabia; Vertigo; Spartacus; Baraka and more restored fims to be shown at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Canada Sept 24, 25 & 26 See: http://lostdominion.blogspot.com/
Concerning the "terrace scene" Robert Harris would like very much to restore this scene and has an actor in mind to dub the lines, but he's keeping that information to himself. He seemed confident last weekend, (Sept. 24-26, 2010), about the inclusion of that scene in the BD.Originally Posted by Tom_Ca
I would also like to know that!