Blu-ray Release: Lawrence of Arabia

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: Four-disc Collector’s Gift Set Blu-ray: $95.99
Sony Picture Home Entertainment

Lawrence of Arabia movie sceneUPDATE 8/6/12:

We’ve got an update on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray release on November 13, 2012, which represents the high-definition premiere of David Lean’s (Doctor Zhivago) 1962 adventure epic.

There’ve been a couple of changes concerning the release since Sony’s initial announcement in July, 2012. For starters, the Blu-ray will not be issued as a 3-disc edition, as we previously noted. According to a Sony announcement received on Aug. 6, 2012, Lawrence will be available in two configurations: As a two-disc set which includes an UltraViolet downloadable edition, and as a limited edition four-disc collector’s gift set.

Well, technically, the four-disc set contains three Blu-ray discs, but the complete collection is comprised of four discs, one of them being a CD of the classic film’s memorable soundtrack by Maurice Jarre.

Amazon lists the retail price of the four-disc collection as a healthy $95.99, but the Blu-ray is available through Amazon for a much friendlier $67.19.

Sony has also officially announced the Blu-ray editions’ supplemental packages. The most intriguing bonus feature, a never-before-released deleted scene with an introduction by editor Anne Coates, is apparently only being issued as part of the gift set.

The gift set will also include a 70mm film frame and an 88-page coffee table book.

We’ll keep up on any further developments and let you know. But for now, check out the bonuses:

§   Feature Film, including overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music
§   Newly re-mastered 5.1 English audio
§   “Secrets of Arabia: Picture-in-Graphic Track

§   Featurettes:
o   “Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia”  – All-New Interview
o   “The Making of Lawrence of Arabia” documentary
o   “A  Conversation with Steven Spielberg”
o   “The Camels Are Cast”
o   “In Search of Lawrence”
o   “Romance of Arabia”
o   “Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic” (1970 version)
§  Newsreel Footage of the New York Premiere
§  Advertising Campaigns

DISC 3 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
§  Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene with Introduction by Anne Coates
§  “The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia” All-New Interview with Martin Scorsese
§  Featurettes:
o   “In Love with the Desert”
o   “King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Scene”
o   “Wind, Sand and Star” (original version, 1963)
§  Archival Interviews with William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
§  Trailers/TV Spots:
o   Theatrical Trailer
o   Teaser Trailer #1
o   Teaser Trailer #2
o   70mm Restoration Trailer (1989 Release)
o   TV Spot #1
o   TV Spot #2

DISC 4 (Gift Set Exclusive Disc):
§  Exclusive Lawrence of Arabia Soundtrack CD


PUBLISHED 7/18/12:

David Lean’s (Doctor Zhivago) classic 1962 epic adventure film Lawrence of Arabia, fresh from a 4K digital restoration and an international premiere at Festival Du Cannes in May, 2012, makes its Blu-ray debut as a 3-disc collectible boxed set.

The U.S. premiere of the new restoration will take place in Los Angeles on July 19th, 2012 with 4K presentation—billed as a Director’s Cut that clocks in at 227 minutes—at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Lawrence will then screen nationwide as a digital-only presentation in theaters starting October 4th.  Additionally, the film will be featured for one night only on Turner Classic Movies on November 16th at 8:00PM

David Lean’s classic biography of the enigmatic desert-loving British soldier T. E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole, The Stunt Man) who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and Best Director.

No word yet on the bonus features for the collection, but we’re sure it’ll be brimming with goodies along with an additional soundtrack CD.

Check back for updates on the bonuses, pricing and more information on the running times, about which we have a couple of questions, ourselves!


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.