On the back of the Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the one with the canvas cover, it says the running time is 217 minutes. I've just watched all the special features, and somewhere in there (in a couple of places, actually), it mentions the original running time of the movie was 222 minutes. Then it mentions some cuts to placate movie theater owners, I believe 12 minutes cut by the director and 8 minutes cut by the producer, and then later, an additional amount (forget the exact length) was cut by Columbia. Then they talk about the restoration process, including how some of the actors had to re-record their lines because the audio was lost. What I'd like to know is if the DVD that I have is really missing five minutes. I'd also like to know how accurate to the original 222 minute release it really is, after all the cuts and restoration. Just tell me anything you know about the evolution of this film from the original cut to what we have today.