CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 6, 2012) —Widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema, David Leans epic masterpiece "Lawrence of Arabia," celebrating its 50th Anniversary, debuts fully-restored on Blu-ray with UltraViolet in a two-disc set and a limited-edition, four-disc collector's gift set on November 13th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The director's cut was meticulously restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 4K at Sony Pictures Colorworks from the original negative. Ahead of its home entertainment debut, the film, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and took home seven, including Best Picture and Best Director, will be re-released theatrically on October 4th. Academy Award nominees Peter OToole (1962, Best Actor) and Omar Sharif (1962, Best Supporting Actor) star in the classic.
"Lawrence of Arabia" is universally considered to be one of the greatest epic films of all time and is certainly the crown jewel in the Columbia Pictures library, noted David Bishop, President of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Finally, the long anticipated and much in-demand release of David Lean's masterpiece will be available on Blu-ray, which will provide consumers the chance to experience the sheer spectacle and beauty of this movie with the finest image and sound available. Additionally, in honor of "Lawrence of Arabia"'s 50th Anniversary, we have created a special gift set composed of a coffee table book and soundtrack, which will add further dimension to the enjoyment of this film. The Gift Set is an essential addition to any film lovers collection. The four-disc set is comprised of three Blu-ray discs, plus a CD of the original soundtrack featuring previously unreleased tracks. Other special supplemental items include an authentic 70mm film frame (newly printed and numbered) and a 88-page hard-bound coffee table book that features rarely seen photos, the films history and significance, and insight into the making of the film. Never-before-seen bonus content included in both the four-disc Gift Set and the two-disc release include the Secrets of Arabia: Graphic-in-Picture Track, which allows the viewer to become immersed in the world of Lawrence of Arabia and learn about the customs and rituals of desert existence.
The set also comes with the Peter OToole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia featurette, as well as the previously released, hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary The Making of Lawrence of Arabia, and the featurettes The Camels are Cast (Maan Jordan), In Search of Lawrence, Romance of Arabia, and the 1970 version of Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic. Both sets include newsreel footage of the New York premiere and advertising campaigns. Exclusive to the Gift Set are featurettes including In Love with the Desert, King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Scene, the original 1963 35mm version of Wind, Sand and Star, and conversations with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Also included is a never-before-released deleted scene complete with an introduction by Lawrence of Arabias Oscar winning film editor Anne V. Coates, A.C.E.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia" stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar-winning director David Lean (1962, "Lawrence of Arabia"; 1957, "The Bridge on the River Kwai"), the film stars Peter OToole in his career-making performance as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire. Newly restored and remastered at 4K resolution, the massive scope and epic action of the Directors Cut of Lawrence of Arabia can now be experienced like never before in this landmark 50th Anniversary Edition.
§ Feature Film, including overture, intermission, entracte and exit music
§ Newly re-mastered 5.1 English audio
§ Secrets of Arabia: Picture-in-Graphic Track
o Peter OToole 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
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
Lawrence of Arabia has a running time of 227 minutes and is rated PG.