To mark the 50-year anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia, the much-loved movie has been digitally restored, and the 216-minute director’s cut of David Lean’s masterpiece will be shown in theaters beginning Oct. 4.
The theatrical re-release precedes the No. 13th release of a new Blu-Ray edition of the restored director’s cut. The movie, hailed by many as one of the greatest films of all time, also will have a one-time showing on Turner Classic Movies on Nov. 16.
You can pre-order the special-edition Blu-Ray here. Try to catch it in a movie theater, though. If ever there was a film that needs to be seen on the really big screen, this is it.
The movie follows the exploits of T.E. Lawrence, a controversial British army officer during World War I who influenced the direction of Middle East history.
The restored director’s cut previously was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May and had a U.S. premiere in Los Angeles in July.
Lawrence of Arabia launched Peter O’Toole to international stardom and won seven Oscars, including best picture and best director. In addition to O’Toole, the movie starred Alex Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Claude Rains and Arthur Kennedy.