Well I guess we’re starting to see a new trend forming, and we are not complaining. Sony announced a while ago that the film classic Lawrence of Arabia will be getting a 4K restoration (for those who don’t know what that means, really really hi-res digital restoration). The film is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to celebrate, it will be released back into theaters on October 4, 2012. We now have a trailer for the release, and it’s going to be a magical experience.
Now, there are two possible ways to look at this, neither of which is necessarily negative in regards to re-releasing the film. You could say “This is awesome, I’m so excited for this release, please take my money.” Or you could take the stance, “Why didn’t they just restore the original 70mm print that it was shot on instead of making a digital print of it? Regardless, take my money.” I’m kind of in the latter view of this conversation, but honestly it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m excited to see the movie the way it’s supposed to be seen: on a big screen, lights down low, and with your undivided attention. I will admit right here I have not seen Lawrence of Arabia. I watch films and film classic incessantly, however I have always put this movie off in hopes that one day I could see it on the big screen in the way I know will be the best experience. I guess my waiting has paid off.
After the break we have a trailer for the digital restoration, and we definitely suggest taking a look. It’s going to be one of the best moments of the year for cinephiles, in my opinion.