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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA Takes Aqaba on Blu-ray November 13th!!!

"Monty Cristo" here.


We Blu-ray geeks have been waiting for this news to drop since the format was introduced.

As reported here (now including a look as the gorgeous but unwieldy packaging):

• the 4K restoration starts playing in digital theaters on 4 October

• the 3-disc Blu-ray set arrives on 13 November

• it screens for one night only on Turner Classic Movies at 8pm on 16 November


Extras haven't been officially announced, but there are a couple of guesses by The Digital Bits mentioned at the link above, and one would hope that they remaster the previously-available Making of Lawrence of Arabia documentary for HD.



Moisés Chiullan / "Monty Cristo"
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  • July 18, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Day one purchase! It's going to look amazing on Blu-ray!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • July 18, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    About time....

    by Hank

  • July 18, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The trick... is not minding the pain.

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    It would be awesome to see this in the theater!

  • July 18, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    One of the best movies of all time. Period.

    by Franck

    Never been so happy to spend my money on a Blu-Ray since The Godfather.

  • July 18, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Saw it a few years ago at the Arclight in L.A.

    by Franck

    If you get a chance, go see it on the big screen, it's what movies are all about...

  • It was on my list of must-sees that I hadn't. I was aware of some of the iconic imagery, but was very surprised by the movie. Really, really enjoyed it. What kind of surprised me, was the homosexual subtext in the movie. As I was watching it, I couldn't help noticing a few things popping up to suggest that Lawrence was gay. Then, after the movie was over, I read up on the history and found out that the historical figure was. Amazing in those old classic movies, how much subtext was layered into the flicks, due to the needs to hide things from the morality of the audience back then.. These days, it just gets shouted out. But way back when, Lawrence just spent a little too much time with his young male companion. John Wayne spent a little too much time hunting down his brother's daughter. Blanche Debois' husband was just up to shenanigans at a party back room. Guess, back then, nobody wanted to admit that people like to fuck.

  • July 18, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    SCREENING! YES!!!!!!

    by Rufus

  • July 18, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    4k is all well and good

    by Mickey The Idiot

    But it was shot on 65mm

  • I know Sony has projectors to sell and all, but...c'mon.

  • July 18, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I hope O'Toole sees this

    by donkey_lasher

  • July 18, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    They will have my money

    by macheesmo3

    I would like to think that my local theater will have a screening, but a I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the odds of this occurring are small. Blu-ray will be mine tho, one of the greatest cinematic acheivments in history

  • July 18, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Hey montycristo

    by Madmacks

    Were can we find out which theaters will be screening it?

  • July 18, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I could say I can't wait but...

    by Terry Powell

    ...I got a couple of other events I'm looking forward to. Like Jaws in august, and House of Dark Shadows in october, and, damn, I'm forgetting something...oh, yeah, I'm getting married next month(that's for you honey).

  • July 18, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Trying to find out.

  • July 18, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    'Lawrence of Arabia'. Then 'Citizen Kane'. Then '7 Samurai'.

    by Raptor Jesus

    The three best movies ever made. Been waiting for the blu on this forever.

  • July 18, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    You had me a Aqaba....

    by Gabba-UK

    Please say that this will be coming to the cinemas as Jaws did in the UK. I think my geek mind would melt to have seen both of them on the big screen for the first time in my life within 6 months of each other!!

  • July 18, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Funny, I just decided to read Seven Pillars this week..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    My used bookstore didnt have a copy, but I found a 30's edition on ebay for short coin, hopefully it will get here by the weekend.

  • he too old, too drunk, or just too damned awesome?

  • July 18, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    On the short list. Still waiting for "Vertigo"

    by Gene Dumas

  • July 18, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    He is certifiably wiley-eyed in LOA...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...I lean towards Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange as my favorite singular performance, but Peter O'Toole is fucking legendary every time he's on camera.

  • July 18, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    My Favorite Year anyone?

    by ThulsaBoom

    Maybe I'm waxing nostalgic, but I loved it as a kid.

  • Also, will they restore it to its original 220 minutes, (the Academy showing running time) cut down to around 202 minutes. Then for the 1970 re-release 10 to 15 minutes shorter again. The TV cut.

  • July 18, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    O'Toole is great, but should have been Brando

    by WWBD

  • July 18, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Amazon screwed me on the single disc.

    by shutupfanboy

    The site had a bunch of special features and there was none. They apologize and sent me the same one even though I said don't. They refunded me and kept one of them, but still a little pissed.

  • July 18, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Click link at top of the story for a look at packaging

    by Monty Cristo

    It's enormous and unwieldy, but gorgeous.

  • July 18, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I can't wait for this one. Hopefully a theater near me will be showing it too. I've never seen this masterpiece on the big screen. A truly great line-up of classic films on Blu-ray coming this fall. Lawrence of Arabia Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Indiana Jones set Hitchcock Collection Bond 50 Damn it, I want them all. Lawrence takes the top spot though, especially since Blade Runner is sort of a really awesome feature-packed re-issue.

  • July 18, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    TCM HD runs it about every other week...

    by Logan_1973

    I don't know what resolution of it they are running, but it does look stunning in HD. The blu transfer I imagine is awesome.

  • July 18, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I'll just wait for the Hard-Porn version; Lawrence Of A Labia

    by Jeff Myers

    I think "O Tool" was in that too . . . I could be wrong.

  • it's not one of my all-time favorites but it, probably, epitomizes more than any other movie the heights of cinematic grandeur a visionary filmmaker can achieve. And that score, man! A must for sure. And the package is, indeed, great.

  • July 18, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The only good thing about Prometheus

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 18, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    What about the new longer ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA?

    by Rtobert

  • July 18, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by eloy

    I started saving since the beginning of the year when the news leaked about the Bond set. In my list the priorities go: Bond 50 Indiana Jones set and also I'm pretty gaga with anticipation about the 8-movie Universal Monsters set, the Hammer releases and Jaws, Titanic and ET I already have the 5-Disc Ultimate Collector Edition of Blade Runner so the 30th Anniversary Ed. is gonna be a pass for me, and the Hitchcock set is prohibitively expensive for what are they? 17 movies? Maybe reasonable, doing the math, but there are a few essentials titles missing. Either way, I'm gonna be without much spare change in my pockets this year's end, God willing

  • They are throwing out everything but the kitchen sink as fast as they can before the physical format dies and last few brick and mortar stores that carry their wares close up shop or reduce shelf space to the point where it may as well be a fucking redbox. Enjoying it while it lasts at least......

  • July 18, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Fuckin Finally!!!!


  • July 18, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    He likes your lemonade.

    by maxjohnson1971

  • July 18, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Here is a chance for my Blu-ray collection to expand!

    by Sirius_crack

  • July 18, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    logan_1973 - TCM airing

    by Monty Cristo

    The first thing I thought of was "not everyone's cable providers even CARRY it in HD" harumph

  • July 18, 2012, 10 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Thanks, man. I do my best when I have time.

  • July 18, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    TCM HD

    by mr.underwater

    Just up-samples their SD broadcast So the Nov 16 showing will be a big deal I've seen the movie on TV as a kid. But I never really saw it until my '20s when I went to a revival showing in the theater. IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME I can not stress that enough. You really need to get out of the house come Oct.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Camera negative

    by Holgi65

    they are saying they scanned the original camera negative. I am wondering if they know what they are saying O.O Usually the negative would get duplicates, then positives for editing and then dups for printing. I would be surprised if they edited the original originals, but if they exist and are scanned at this insane depth we should also get some outtakes :)) I watched the re-release in the 90s in a cinema and it was crystal clear.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by Raptor Jesus


  • July 19, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Best non-scifi non-gangster movie.

    by Lacobus

  • July 19, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I wonder what David thinks about this.

    by brokentusk

  • July 19, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Peter O'Toole officially announced his retirement from acting last week. Check out what he wrote to the press, makes him seem like a true gentleman and legend:

  • July 19, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Finally! Here's a list of the extras

    by AudaAbuTayi

    4K restoration sounds nice, although one disc for the entire film? It has an interlude for f's sake: put it on two discs. And why is England getting it two months early? Maybe because the film was made there, still... Best news of the year for me. The extras, as per amazon france are, on the regular edition: a Blu-Ray of a docu called "In Love with the Desert" (80 mins), an extra 2 hours of extras featuring a 1 hour making of and an exclusive Peter O Toole interview. The cut of the film itself lasts 216 minutes. The collector's edition features an extra 50-page booklet, a snippet of 70mm film, the OST on a CD and a big-ass box. I'm guessing at least one of the extras isn't present on the 2 BD edition because it doesn't seem differentiated enough from the deluxe 3 BD, which is four times the price. Oh and it says the Avengers Blu-Ray is out on August 29th in France... Well how about that? All regions hey? But I digress... Hopefully, this one will set the new standard for restorations... again. Now Paramount just needs to release Once Upon a Time in the West with the same care and I'll consider buying a projector.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    October 4th? I'm there.

    by MoPea

  • July 19, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see this in a theater

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    PLEASE be showing somewhere in Boston (and include an intermission for pee breaks).

  • July 19, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Almost worth converting

    by The StarWolf

    I'm not a Blu-Ray fan, but if there's a film that could get me to change my mind, this is one of two or three that could do it. In fact, it was part of the handful of DVDs I picked up at the same time I purchased my first DVD player over ten years back.