‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ 4K Blu-ray Bound

This year marks big anniversaries for two David Lean classics, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. As such, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be bringing both to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Digital copies on a June 7th release date to commemorate the milestones. Each will be packaged in a Steelbook case.

Update: Pre-orders for both new Steelbook releases are now live at Amazon. Pre-order Lawrence of Arabia (4K) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (4K).

Lawrence of Arabia celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and was previously exclusive to the Columbia Classics 4K box set. Winner of the 1962 Best Picture award, this sprawling epic will be “presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, fully restored from the original camera negative.” It will also feature Dolby Atmos audio.

The film is so massive that it will span not one, but two 4K discs. A separate bonus features disc is included alongside a Blu-ray disc with one bonus feature, Secrets of Arabia: Feature-Length Picture-in-Graphics Track, and the 4K disc.

  • Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia
  • Making of Lawrence of Arabia Documentary
  • Deleted Balcony Scene with Introduction by Anne V. Coates
  • The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia
  • A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
  • Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic (1963 & 1970 Versions)
  • Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast
  • In Search of Lawrence
  • Romance of Arabia
  • King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Set
  • In Love with the Desert Documentary
  • Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored
  • Archival Interviews
    • Steven Spielberg on Lawrence of Arabia
    • William Friedkin on Lawrence of Arabia
    • Sydney Pollack on Lawrence of Arabia
  • New York Premiere Footage
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Vintage Trailers & TV Spots

The Bridge on the River Kwai turns 65 this year. It stars Alec Guinness, who won Best Actor in 1957, and also won Best Picture the same year.

Like Lawrence of Arabia, this earlier Lean classic features Dolby Vision, restoration from the original film negative, and Dolby Atmos monoaural audio.

Bonus features and the film in 1080p high definition are on a second Blu-ray Disc.

  • Crossing the Bridge: Picture-in-Picture Graphics Track
  • Making of The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Steve Allen Show with William Holden & Alec Guinness
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere Narrated by William Holden
  • “Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant” Featurette
  • USC Short Film Introduced by William Holden
  • An Appreciation by Filmmaker John Milius
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

Lawrence of Arabia 4K Release Date

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