Lion Of the Desert

Released: July 19, 2022 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663220933
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Synopsis

"SPECTACULAR" – David Denby, New York Times Magazine

"TWO THUMBS UP!" – Siskel & Ebert

Two-time Oscar® winner* Anthony Quinn (Lawrence Of Arabia) stars as Omar Mukhtar, the brilliant Bedouin leader who waged a 20-year guerilla war against the invading Italian tank armies led by General Rodolfo 'The Butcher' Graziani (Oliver Reed, Gladiator) and increasingly furious fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (Academy Award® winner** Rod Steiger, In The Heat Of The Night). Oscar® winner*** John Gielgud (Arthur) co-stars with a cast of thousands in this action-packed epic produced and directed by Moustapha Akkad (The Message) that remains one of the most provocative historical dramas of our time.

*1952: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Viva Zapata!; 1956: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Lust For Life

**1967: Best Actor in a Leading Role, In The Heat Of The Night

***1981: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Arthur

Why We Love It

"Shout! Factory's new 4K restoration is a work of art. The Blu-ray is solid, but the UHD is flat-out super. The 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks are great and the supplements are satisfying. The Arabic language version is icing on the cake. Very highly recommended for one of the better releases of 2022." — Martin Liebman, Blu-ray.com

"The most important thing here is the film itself, and this 4K Ultra HD version of Lion of the Desert is a revelation compared to all previous home video releases. Finally getting the correct aspect ratio (2.35:1) after all these years was significant enough, but the gorgeous color grade breathes new life into the film like nothing else could. I wouldn’t presume to speak for Moustapha Akkad or Jack Hildyard, but I suspect that they’d be delighted with this release. If you haven’t seen Lion of the Desert, this UHD is hands-down the best way to do so in the comfort of your own home." — Stephen Bjork, The Digital Bits

Bonus Features

DISC ONE (4K UHD) – LION OF THE DESERT (English Language):

  • Audio Commentary With Producer/Director Moustapha Akkad

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY) – LION OF THE DESERT (English Language):

  • NEW Restoring LION OF THE DESERT Featurette
  • Audio Commentary With Producer/Director Moustapha Akkad
  • The Making Of LION OF THE DESERT
  • Theatrical Trailer (Original Trailer)
  • Theatrical Trailer (Re-Release Trailer)
  • TV Spot

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY) – OMAR MUKHTAR (Arabic Language, No English Subtitles):

  • Audio Commentary With Producer/Director Moustapha Akkad (In Arabic, No English Subtitles)
  • The Making Of OMAR MUKHTAR (In Arabic, No English Subtitles)
  • Theatrical Trailer (Original Trailer in Arabic)

Product Information

The Lion of the Desert

NAME ROLE
Anthony Quinn Omar Mukhtar
Oliver Reed Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
Rod Steiger Benito Mussolini
Irene Papas Mabrouka
Raf Vallone Colonel Diodiece
John Gielgud Sharif El Gariani
Andrew Keir Salem
Gastone Moschin Major Tomelli
Stefano Patrizi Lt. Sandrini
Adolfo Lastretti Colonel Sarsani
Moustapha Akkad Director
David Butler Writer
H.A.L. Craig Writer
Paul Thompson Writer
Moustapha Akkad Producer
Nahila May Al-Jabri Producer
June Bordcosh Producer
Geoffrey Helman Producer
Mohammad Sanousi Producer
Roy Stevens Producer

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