WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lawrence Of Arabia

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Peter O’Toole, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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The boxed Criterion set includes a brochure that illustrates by chapter exactly where the restored footage is inserted. The disc is encoded with 40 chapter stops and numerous supplementary still photos at the film’s conclusion. Criterion’s CLV release includes the featurette “Wind, Sand, And Star,” along with footage from the premiere.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1185L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $124.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 217
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1962
(LD Release Date): 01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Lean
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Bolt
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Anne V. Coates
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sam Spiegel

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super Panavision 70
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A magnificent cinematic masterpiece from director David Lean. Peter O’Toole stars as Lawrence of Arabia, the legendary Englishman who united the Arab tribes against the Turks during the World War I 1917-1918 Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. This Criterion Collection boxed set contains a brochure, a layout of chapter stops, and supplemental still photos.

LaserDisc Picture:
Filmed in Technicolor’s® enhanced realistic process in which the color saturation level was toned down, Lawrence Of Arabia has beautiful color, not exaggerated as was previous dye-transfer Technicolor productions. The Criterion digital video transfer in the CAV format is flawless and of uncompromising quality. The 2.16:1 transfer by telecine colorist, Gregg Garvin, from a pristine print, struck from the restored Super Panavision® 70 interpositive, is amazingly detailed.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The six-track magnetic soundtrack has been remixed and encoded in Dolby Surround®. The sound is notable with excellent bass extension and wide dynamic separation. Maurice Jarre’s score is wonderful and musically supportive of the mesmerizing vastness of the desert and fierce battle scenes photographed by esteemed cinematographer, Freddie Young.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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