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Lawrence Of Arabia

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, I.S. Johar, Donald Wolfit, Omar Sharif & Peter O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 01538
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 227
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1962
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/09/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Lean
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
As with the previous DVD edition of "Lawrence Of Arabia," the black screen, music-only Roadshow Overture is present as the disc

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.20:1 Superbit

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DVD-ROM Review:
Once you finish the PCFriendly installation, you are shown a nicely presented main menu, with a good color scheme, and great movement around the screen. From this menu, you must select the DVD-ROM component option to view the components available for this title. These components are Archives of Arabia, Journey with Lawrence, Bibliography, credits, and Main Menu. An excellent photo gallery and historical "tour" of the film can be found in the Archives of Arabia section. The screen here is cut into three sections, with photos on the top, video to the left, and text to the right. As the movie plays on the left, blurbs appear on the right describing the scene. Also, from time to time, pictures will appear on the top, with documentation on these as well shown in the text area. In the Journey with Lawrence section, you can find a map of the Middle East, with cities and dates to click. When you click on the different dates, a variety of cities will illuminate on the map. After clicking on the different cities, you will be given a brief report on its role in the film, as well as a picture that can be enlarged and printed. A listing of major books that have been written about Lawrence of Arabia can be found in the Bibliography section. In the Credits section, you can find a listing of the people who developed the DVD-ROM components. The Main Menu button sends you to the DVD-Video main menu, which works well on the computer using a mouse. This title has some great features, but without a script or cast and crew biographies, I was a little bit disappointed. The Journey with Lawrence section is marvelous, and the Archives of Arabia is also well done. (Danny Richelieu)