Fifty years have passed since Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean’s masterpiece and a movie that many consider one of the greatest films of all time, was first released in 1962. If you’re thinking that’s a good excuse to spruce the movie up and re-release it, pat your self on the back for thinking like a movie executive.

A digitally restored version of the director’s cut of Lawrence of Arabia will be released Oct. 4, preceding the Nov. 13th Blu-Ray edition. The 216-minute movie also will have a one-time showing on Turner Classic Movies on Nov. 16. Try to catch it in a movie theater. If ever there was a film that needs to be seen on a really big screen, this is it.

I’ve posted the trailer after the jump.

The movie follows the exploits of T.E. Lawrence, a controversial British army officer who influenced the direction of Middle East history.

'Lawrence of Arabia' movie posterThe restored director’s cut previously was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May and had a U.S. premiere in Los Angeles in July.

Lawrence of Arabia launched Peter O’Toole on the road to international stardom and won seven Oscars, including best picture and best director. In addition to O’Toole, the movie starred Alex Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Claude Rains and Arthur Kennedy.

Special-edition 'Lawrence of Arabia' Blu-Ray

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