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Lawrence of Arabia 4K restored

post #1 of 62
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Any reviews and best pre order price on this gem?
post #2 of 62
It's my understanding that the UK edition and US edition will be the same transfer. Here's a thread dedicated to the UK edition (since hit's been a available for several weeks, you can glean info about the transfer (I heard it's very good).

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1381022/lawrence-of-arabia-uk-sep-17-2012
post #3 of 62
Here's a little "unboxing" video of the U.S. Limited Edition:
post #4 of 62
I can't wait to watch my copy tonight. This should be the most discussed Blu-ray release of the month, or even year. But it's just kind of slipping into existence with little fanfare.
post #5 of 62
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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

I can't wait to watch my copy tonight. This should be the most discussed Blu-ray release of the month, or even year. But it's just kind of slipping into existence with little fanfare.

I've had it for over a month now. There's really not much to say about it other than it's a great bluray, proving once again Sony does the most respectful transfers in the business overall.
post #6 of 62
Anyone notice a frame or two being skipped somewhere between 11:34-36? As Lawrence turns to head towards the stairs, there is a distinct "jump" in the image.
post #7 of 62
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Anyone notice a frame or two being skipped somewhere between 11:34-36? As Lawrence turns to head towards the stairs, there is a distinct "jump" in the image.

Yes, it's a missing frame in the reconstructed film, not an issue with your disc. There are a few of them through the movie.
post #8 of 62
It's refreshing, invigorating, & rejuvenating too see a classic catalog release not turned TEAL! tongue.gif
post #9 of 62
Watched this on my Epson 5010. This disc looks absolutely incredible. Great detail, stable image and vibrant, natural colors. Looks easily as good as the best new releases (but movies like this aren't made anymore). If you can buy only one more disc in your life, it should be this. wink.gif
post #10 of 62
Watched some scenes of this disc last night.

Absolutely incredible transfer. Jaw dropping in it's detail and clarity. Though color richness varies from gorgeous to a little bit less saturated and washed out looking in some desert scenes. But I blew the image up as big as I could and it maintained incredible integrity. Easily one of the top Blu-Ray transfers in my library.
post #11 of 62
Many of us have been waiting for the Bluray release of this restored title for years. After purchasing and viewing LOA all I can say is that it is an extraordinary restoration. What a triumph, what a tour de force treat. Words fail regarding how absolutely gorgeous this film looks and sounds. A feast for the eyes and ears.

To everyone involved in the restoration... Thank You. To everyone considering purchasing this film, don't hesitate, it is reference and will make a tremendous addition to your collection.
post #12 of 62
About the throw the disc in. Expecting greatness. I blame all of you if I'm disappointed.
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About the throw the disc in. Expecting greatness. I blame all of you if I'm disappointed.

What did you think? I might throw this in today. I have never seen the movie! eek.gif
post #14 of 62
Amazing transfer. I am completely spoiling myself after watching this stunning bluuray and following it with the re done Patton.
post #15 of 62
"Soiling" yourself? wink.gif
post #16 of 62
That too, I guess.
post #17 of 62
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Originally Posted by sb1 View Post

About the throw the disc in. Expecting greatness. I blame all of you if I'm disappointed.
That's "Greatness" considering the source.
It still contains, as it should, print damage from the original negatives.
Most apparent too me from when they start too cross the desert too Aqaba; especially on the "Devil's Anvil".
I'm guess <5% of the flick has the heat damage.

Butt even the damage that's there is no way as obtrusive as it's been on past releases.
On DVD the damage was a character in the film (much like the dust funnels).

Looking forward too watching this again.
[all the way though/unlike some of you tongue.gif ]
post #18 of 62
They did an amazing job with the 4k scan of this movie. If you get the special 4 disc version, on disc 3 they show how they went about restoring it, scanning the original camera negative, then digitally removing all the dust and scratches that had accumulated on the negative. There are lots of before and after comparisons, showing the wizardry that went into cleaning it up and making it look pristine. They showed very good judgement in the restoration, preserving all the natural film-like qualities (grain structure) while removing all the damage.

It's wonderful that such a great film got such a special treatment.
post #19 of 62
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Originally Posted by Cham313 View Post

They did an amazing job with the 4k scan of this movie.
Actually the scan was 8K. 4K is the resolution of final master.
post #20 of 62
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Originally Posted by Cham313 View Post

They did an amazing job with the 4k scan of this movie. If you get the special 4 disc version, on disc 3 they show how they went about restoring it, scanning the original camera negative, then digitally removing all the dust and scratches that had accumulated on the negative. There are lots of before and after comparisons, showing the wizardry that went into cleaning it up and making it look pristine. They showed very good judgement in the restoration, preserving all the natural film-like qualities (grain structure) while removing all the damage.
It's wonderful that such a great film got such a special treatment.

Lawrence was a full resolution, 8k scan.

RAH
post #21 of 62
Sony's Beautiful 4K Restoration
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...a stunning 4K restoration that began in 2009 and worked steadily towards the film's 50th anniversary release.
Wow.
Edited by Johnny Vertigo - 12/3/12 at 11:39am
post #22 of 62
Is next step 12 or straight to 16k
post #23 of 62
Even though pixel density has been popular among enthusiasts for years, now that Apple has "retina" displays, it seems to be getting popular in the mainstream. 8K 42"? Why not? 16K 120" projection? Let's do it!
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Please do not bring that marketing BS in here Apple did not invent high resolution displays or PPI they just stuck a name on it and dropped the world's IQ a few points in the process
post #25 of 62
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Please do not bring that marketing BS in here Apple did not invent high resolution displays or PPI they just stuck a name on it and dropped the world's IQ a few points in the process

I didn't see anyone claim that Apple "invented" high-resolution displays; just that high-resolution displays are gaining popularity by way of Apple's high-resolution display products. And before you disclaim that statement, it would behoove you to take a look at Apple's sales figures.
post #26 of 62
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I didn't see anyone claim that Apple "invented" high-resolution displays; just that high-resolution displays are gaining popularity by way of Apple's high-resolution display products. And before you disclaim that statement, it would behoove you to take a look at Apple's sales figures.

Well, more power to'em and hope the trend for Hi rez displays continues. It may influence the real players in the computer area (Apple just hit a 15 year high of 5.2% of the worldwide market last year).

If it paves the way to better computer displays for less, and that drives 4, 8, 12 or XX resolution I'll be happy. They are nice displays (bought my daughter one) and do upscaling pretty well. They have the same issues as high res displays in the HDTV area though - they need high resolution media (web sites, etc.) to avoid the fuzzies.
post #27 of 62
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Originally Posted by spectator View Post

I didn't see anyone claim that Apple "invented" high-resolution displays; just that high-resolution displays are gaining popularity by way of Apple's high-resolution display products. And before you disclaim that statement, it would behoove you to take a look at Apple's sales figures.
pretty sure my PC had one in 1999 and sales mean nothing, burger king sell millions daily it's far from the best food out there.
My problem is with the term retina it's a buzz word for idiots
post #28 of 62
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

pretty sure my PC had one in 1999 and sales mean nothing, burger king sell millions daily it's far from the best food out there.
My problem is with the term retina it's a buzz word for idiots

but Apple never claimed they invented it. Not sure why it's 'buzz word for idiots' either, it's just marketing. "high resolution" could be considered a buzz word while we're at it. On the other hand, denying that Apple makes good and quality products would be silly, unless one's not using them and criticize just for the heck of it. But I know that's not what you're saying either. /OT back to Lawrence...
post #29 of 62
I never said they did, they just trademarked it. If you listen to people on the net, in phone shops you can see why its for idiots.
"no way it sucks it aint got a retina" not knowing that PPI on the phone they are knocking may even be higher.
It's like grannies calling every games console a nintendo as they know no better, people slated the Ipad Mini for not having a retina display, even tho its on par with the other 7 inch tabs.
post #30 of 62
Finally got around to watching my BD of the 4K restore version of Lawrence earlier this week. All I can say is wow! Just wow! Despite the age of the source material, the BD of the film has the best PQ of any in my collection, no matter its age. The genius of David Lean and the meticulous work of the Sony restoration team have combined for the most stunning images I can have ever seen in my home theater. The experience rivaled that I had when I first saw Lawrence in 70MM in one of the downtown movie palaces in St. Louis in 1963. The restoration is so wonderful, it's damn near miraculous.
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