News: Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray bonus features announced!

Lawrence of Arabia movie sceneWe’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 it’s 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


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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.