Widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema, David Lean’s epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia celebrates its 50th anniversary in a fully-restored on Blu-ray with UltraViolet two-disc set and a limited-edition, four-disc collector’s gift set. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment assures film fanatics that the director’s cut has been meticulously restored from the original negative. Sounds good to us.
Academy Award nominees Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif star in the classic, universally considered to be one of the greatest epic films of all time and is certainly the crown jewel in the Columbia Pictures library.
Those who must have all things Larry will walk the Sahara for the gift set goodies: an authentic 70mm film frame (newly printed and numbered), a hard-cover coffee table book that features rarely-seen photos and the film’s soundtrack on CD.
No, the Oscar the flick won Best Picture of 1962 is not included.
Other Sony Pictures Home Entertainment news worth opting . . .
One of the most beloved and iconic super heroes of all time reemerges in The Amazing Spider-Man, debuting on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and a Limited Edition Gift Set with collectible Spider-Man and Lizard figurine.
Presented for the first time in at-home 3D, the film tells the story of teenage Peter Parker, who grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man battles The Lizard.
Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen. The film also features Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors (a.k.a. The Lizard), Denis Leary as Captain Stacy, Campbell Scott as Richard Parker and Irrfan Khan as Rajit Ratha. Rounding out the all-star cast are Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May.
Julie Taymor is not in sight.
Before she got high and submerged herself in a soothing bath, Whitney Houston made Sparkle, her last film, a bomb at the box-office and a bigger home bomb. She joined American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick, CeeLo Green and a whole bunch of other people we never heard of in the “inspiring story of an aspiring singer/songwriter who defies her overprotective mother to form a musical trio with her sisters.”
Dreamgirls gone AWOL!
Exclusive to the Blu-ray is an extended performance of Whitney’s “Hooked On Your Love”—didn’t she mean “Hooked on Drugs?”
Reignite the passion this holiday season with the heartwarming coming-of-age romance Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.
Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, Maine, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough—the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to rekindle the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
Stick around for the gag reel.
Ken Follett takes viewers on a return trip to Kingsbridge . . . 200 years later and with new characters to fall in love with. Experience the romance, tragedy and victory in the $46 million, eight-hour epic miniseries World Without End.
The miniseries stars everyone from Cynthia Nixon to Ben Chaplin to Peter Firth.
In World Without End, times are tougher than ever in England as the country is on the brink of war with France and the citizens are facing The Plague that will eventually decimate one-third of its population.
A feisty young woman inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time—namely the Church and the Crown—as they fight to save their town from ruin, and ultimately usher in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.
Yikes! In such tough economic times here in the U.S., $46 million could have helped a lot of people whose own worlds might just end.