The movie many film buffs have long said was their No. 1 choice for release on Blu-ray has finally received an official release date.
Sony Pictures has announced that the "director’s cut" of "Lawrence of Arabia" "will be available in a Blu-ray 3-disc collectible boxed set starting Nov. 13, 2012."
The film is being released on Blu-ray on the 50th anniversary of its theatrical release. "Lawrence of Arabia" won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The press release continues, " ‘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 complement David Lean’s immaculate direction.’ "
Also included in the box set will be a DVD of the Oscar-winning score of "Lawrence of Arabia" by the late Maurice Jarre.
A restored theatrical print of the movie will also "screen nationwide in a digital-only theatrical event in theaters starting Oct. 4, 2012," the release says.
In addition, the "U.S. premiere of the new restoration will take place in Los Angeles on July 19th with a special 4K presentation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," the press release notes. This event at the Academy is sold-out.