Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Lawrence of Arabia: New Blu-Ray Disc
The previous restoration was done with the participation and assistance of David Lean. Now that he is gone, something tells me that he would not be pleased with the results achieved here. It's almost as if the colorist had decided that the film needs a more contemporary look. Lawrence is anything but a contemporary film: it is a gigantic production the likes of which, proverbially, they don't make anymore, and it belongs to a group of epic films (Ben-Hur, El Cid, The Vikings) whose color spectrum was designed to dazzle and impress audiences.
I certainly hope that in a future release the color is corrected, taking the lead from the results achieved back in 1988. Lawrence of Arabia is a great film, and it deserves better treatment.