Lawrence of Arabia, the 1962 classic from director David Lean, has been given a 4K color grading and re-mastering for an upcoming 50th anniversary Blu-ray release on November 13th and brief theatrical re-release on October 4th. Sony film preservationist Grover Crisp had the following to say regarding the difficulty of the restoration process and stunning results produced (via Indiewire):
"We wanted to return this film to as pristine a condition as possible to honor its anniversary release. The original negative was seriously damaged in a number of ways, some problems dating from the original release and some accumulated over the years. 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."
Lawrence of Arabia's 50th Anniversary Blu-ray is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $67.19.
Winner of seven Oscars, Lawrence of Arabia told the biographical story of T.E. Lawrence (portrayed by Peter O'Toole), an ambitious British Army officer who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I.