'Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Edition' Blu-ray Announced and Pre-orders Live!

Posted Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM PDT by

David Lean's Academy Award-winning epic starring Peter O'Toole is getting the Blu-ray red carpet treatment in November!

In an early press announcement, Sony has revealed 'Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Edition' will be released on the high-definition format on November 13.

The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven: Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre), Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates), Best Sound (John Cox), Best Cinematography (Frederick A. Young), Best Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll, and Dario Simoni), Best Director (David Lean) and Best Picture.

"We wanted to return this film to as pristine a condition as possible to honor its anniversary release," says Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. The original camera negative was scanned at 8K and the film went through a painstaking process of repairing problems inherent to the 50-year old film elements. Using the latest digital imaging technology, the color grading and re-mastering was completed in 4K at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainments' digital intermediate facility. "The original negative was seriously damaged in a number of ways, some problems dating from the original release and some accumulated over the years." says Crisp. "But, until now, we did not have the tools available to address these issues. We think fans of the film will be as amazed as we are at the detail and resolution in the imagery captured by cinematographer Freddie Young to compliment David Lean's immaculate direction."

Specs and supplements have yet to be revealed, but the 3-disc set will also include a CD sampler and a booklet containing production notes and photographs.


Suggested list price for the Blu-ray set is $95.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Edition' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 13.

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Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
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