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Lawrence of Arabia restoration gets theatrical release Oct. 4th


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The Los Angeles Times newspaper had an article in it today about the restoration and its showing at the Academy tomorrow night, and the last paragraph said it would get a theatrical release Oct. 4th, and a Blu-ray box set is due Nov. 14th.

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WOW. Hope it's not in just a few cities. But how will digitizing it effect the size? Will it just be 35mm print then? I was lucky to see it in 70mm on the first restoration release, but I missed the credits and came in just at that pivotal moment! :( I might go again,since the odds of seeing it on a big screen again at this point are miniscule.....(that is providing it even plays here, but the last one did....)

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Update: the release date for the Blu-ray set is now set as Tuesday, Nov. 13th (as the 14th is a Wednesday; new titles are released in stores on Tuesdays)

 

And here's some more info:

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just issued a press release announcing that the 1962 David Lean directed film “Lawrence of Arabia” is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a 3-disc collectible box set on November 13th. The film starred Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains and Arthur Kennedy. The film has received a 4K restoration and will be presented in the Director’s Cut. It also appears that a single-disc version will be released as it’s listed on Sony’s press site. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p Hi-Def video in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. Both versions will come with an UltraViolet digital copy of the film. The main difference between the 3-disc box set and the single-disc version is that only one of the bonus materials will be included on the single-disc version; a picture-in-graphics track. It seems the second disc (not specified if it will be a DVD or Blu-ray) will contain a majority of the bonus material on that 3-disc set and the third will possibly be a DVD of the film in standard definition. A detailed list of the bonus materials set to be included on the 3-disc box set are listed below.

 

Extras for the Blu-ray:

 

Secrets of Arabia: A Picture-in-Graphics Track [blu-ray EXCLUSIVE|http://forums.tcm.com/]

Peter O’Toole Revisits “Lawrence of Arabia” [blu-ray EXCLUSIVE|http://forums.tcm.com/]

Making of Lawrence of Arabia

A Conversation with Steven Speilberg

Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast (1 of 4 Original Featurettes)

Advertising Campaigns

Original Newsreel Footage of the New York Premiere

Vintage Featurettes In Search of Lawrence

Vintage Featurettes Romance of Arabia (Newly Restored)

 

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> {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}WOW. Hope it's not in just a few cities. But how will digitizing it effect the size? Will it just be 35mm print then?

There will be no print...it's being shown digitally. Why would they go through the expense of making prints when most theaters these days are set up for digital-only?

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