Lawrence of Arabia [Blu-ray] starring Peter OToole I Dont Know How To Begin Reviewing My Favorite Film Theres no getting around a simple, basic truth: watching Lawrence of Arabia in any home-video format represents a compromise. Theres no better way to appreciate this epic biographical adventure than to see it projected in 70 millimeter onto a huge theater screen. That caveat aside, David Leans masterful desert classic is still enjoyable on the small screen, especially if viewed in widescreen format. (If your only option is to view a pan & scan version, its best not to bother; this is a film for which the widescreen format is utterly mandatory.) Peter OToole gives a star -making performance as T.E. Lawrence, the eccentric British officer who united the desert tribes of Arabia against the Turks during World War I. Lean orchestrates sweeping battle sequences and breathtaking action, but the film is really about the adventures and trials that transform Lawrence into a legendary man of the desert. Lean traces this transformation on a vast canvas of awesome physicality; no other movie has captured the expanse of the desert with such scope and grandeur. Equally important is the psychology of Lawrence, who remains an enigma even as we grasp his identification with the desert. Perhaps the greatest triu mph of this landmark film is that Lean has conveyed the romance, danger, and allure of the desert with such physical and emotional power. Its a film about a man who leads one life but is irresistibly drawn to another, where his greatness and mystery are allowed to flourish in equal measure. --Jeff Shannon I saw this classic many years ago when it first came out in 70 mm on a gigantic screen in San Francisco and was blown away. Since then and periodically I have revisited this classic and have come to the conclusion that had David Lean never made another movie after this--he would still be considered one of the genius of cinema. Keep in mind that this film influenced a young Steven Spielberg to enter the field of filmmaking (in fact he and Martin Scorsese had contributed to its restoration). And Peter OTooles debut performance is still one of the greatest ever captured on film!! But that doesnt detract from the other fine actors in the cast such as the 74 yr old Claude Rains still vibrant, a brilliant Anthony Quinn, the cynical Arthur Kennedy as a disguised Lowell Thomas reporter and in his debut, Omar Sharif who becomes Lawrences best friend and ally. Aurally and visually arresting with much food for thought,Lawrence Of Arabia deserves to be in the top ten of great films that the AFI have designated along with Godfather and Citizen Kane. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Lawrence of Arabia [Blu-ray] starring Peter OToole - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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