Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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- New 2001 digital transfer from refurbished elements
- Introduction by Omar Sharif
- 30th-anniversary behind-the-scenes documentary Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic
- 10 vintage documentaries profiling the production and its stars
- Music-only audio track highlighting Maurice Jarre's Oscar and Grammy winning score
- Vintage audio sound bites of cast/director interviews and the December 1965 New York premiere
- Cast/director career highlights
Top Customer Reviews
Robert Bolt's screenplay balances the political upheaval with exquisite, heartwrenching romance--one of the few films to succeed at this level. Lean, who seemed to make a specialty of making films about illicit love (Brief Encounter, Summertime, etc.), also works a tightrope, giving the film the necessary grandeur and sweep required for an epic while never losing sight of the intimacy of the characters. He is aided considerably by a magnificent cast: Sharif, despite or perhaps because of his Egyptian background, provides the perfect perspective of an individual observing things around him, each time as if it were new--it's a wonderful performance; Christie is simply luminescent; Chaplin nicely understated; and there's terrific support from Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtney, etc.
What makes Zhivago a must on DVD is the awe-inspiring cinematography of Freddie Young, who deservedly won the Academy Award. I was lucky to see Zhivago at a theater, on the big screen proper, several years ago when it was re-issued; unbelievably, the DVD transfer here is even BETTER!!! There are shots in this film that are simply jaw-dropping beautiful.
Doctor Zhivago is, like the book it's based on, a challenging film that will reward the viewer with one of their most extraordinary cinematic experiences.
Boris Pasternak's acclaimed novel could not have been portrayed any more beautifully on screen than in this epic movie drama. The bitterly cold landscape of Russia in the winter contrasts sharply with the fires burning within the characters. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie are magic together. The snowy scenes and sweeping scenery display an unequaled knowledge of cinematography. The popular music is instantly recognizable and winds its way through the movie, making the score all the more emotive.
Every scene in this movie feels real. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie along with the rest of the cast, make this movie so believable, you forget you are watching a movie. You enter their world and become fascinated with their lives. Yuri (Omar Sharif/Dr. Zhivago) is the main character and the story revolves around his passion for Lara (Julie Christie). Through the harsh realities of life during at the time, their lives seem eternally intertwined. Pasha (Tom Courtenay) plays Lara's political activist husband. Victor, an older gentleman, also has a passion for Lara. She is pursued by three men, but only loved by one. These three men, their stories, and the lives of their families fill out the story line in the movie.
The story begins when Dr. Zhivago's brother finds his niece (the daughter of Dr. Zhivago who is a writer/doctor/poet and Lara who becomes the love of his life). The scenes then flash back to the Revolution in Russia. As Red blood spills out onto the white snow, we also see two people needing each other perhaps more then their very life blood. Their desire is only fueled by the fires of the Revolution as they continue to have their lives intertwine in an almost sadistic way. They seem drawn to each other by a magnetic force of passion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An all time favorite. The story, the actors, the visuals, and the soundtrack. Its a masterpiece.Published 1 day ago by B. Davis
This portrays what life in the USA would be like under a Bernie Sanders administration.Published 1 day ago by PanFish
I loved this movie, it seems a little dated (which it is), but it is not hard to get into the story and forget about that. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tina V.
The acting was as strong as the photography...It was very moving.Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth J. Nields
Omar Sharif spends too much time "emoting". The directing style combined with the close-ups seem amateurish by today's standards. It's a great story.Published 3 days ago by L. Paquet
Can watch this over and over, what a great movie. Can compare to Gone With the Wind.Published 4 days ago by SuziQ
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