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Video: How Does The Disc Look?
The film's theatrical aspect ratio of 2.20:1 is presented with astonishing quality on this 1080p transfer: in short, it's a knockout. Utilizing every nook and cranny of its Blu-ray capacity, the movie appears here with sumptuous quality across the board. Detail is sharp and well-defined, color accuracy is expressively captured in every shot, and black levels are inky and sturdy from start to finish. Grain is handled deftly on this presentation, as well, with the film feeling somehow more alive than it ever did on LaserDisc or DVD. The transfer print used here is also impossibly free of dirt and grime, with Lawrence of Arabia looking absolutely reference-grade in every way.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound mix on Lawrence's Blu-ray debut is also superb. Maurice Jarre's iconic score has a lovely heft to it, and dialogue is audible throughout. Atmospherics and effects are also handled wonderfully - they feel natural and authentic throughout the movie. There are perhaps some moments here where the limitations of the movie's production potential shines through (the thing is fifty years old, after all), but there's no way Lawrence of Arabia is going to sound better than this any time soon.
French and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes are included, as are English SDH, French, Japanese, Arabic, and Dutch subtitles