One of the greatest films of all time is getting a touch-up and a theatrical re-release. Per USA Today, a special, digitally-restored version of the Lawrence of Arabia director’s cut is heading back to theaters later this year, followed by a Blu-ray release and a one time only showing on the best network ever, Turner Classic Movies. For those that haven’t seen the pic, director David Lean’s 1962 epic stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence and follows his experiences in Arabia during World War I. The restored director’s cut was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will have its U.S. Premiere this Thursday. Hit the jump for more, including how you can experience the restored film for yourself.
There’s great news for those of us not special enough to go to the Los Angeles premiere, as the restored cut will hit theaters on October 4th, followed by a collectible box set Blu-ray release on November 13th and a one-time airing on TCM on November 16th. Lawrence of Arabia is epic in every sense of the word, and if it’s playing at a theater near you I implore you to go experience it the way it was meant to be shown. Bring a snack, though, because the director’s cut runs at 216 minutes long. Watch the film’s trailer below.