In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Columbia Pictures have digitally restored David Lean‘s 1962 epic, Lawrence of Arabia, and intend to hold a theatrical re-release on October 4th. This is the same 4K restoration that played at Cannes back in May — the responses were minimal, but enthusiastic nonetheless — though the true extent of its “nationwide” release has not been made clear. [USA Today]
Now, I’d obviously prefer they find a way to (despite this being impossible) screen it in 70mm and jettison the digital conversion altogether — but, at the very least, Sony have made a wise move and presented Lean‘s 222-minute director’s cut while they’re at it. If you miss out on that experience, take some solace in knowing they’ll give it a long-awaited Blu-ray release on November 13th; even if you get to see it in a theater, that’s more or less something you’re required to eventually snatch up.
It’s all part of a mini-Arabia renaissance, what with tonight’s screening at LAMPAS and a Turner Classic Movies showing on November 16th all reminding us of the film’s epic power and thrilling story. Or, rather: If you’ve yet to see Lawrence of Arabia, the right people are insuring you’ll correct this error in the very near future.
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