Doctor Zhivago (45th Anniversary Edition)
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Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger, and Sandra Lean
New commemorative two-part 45th-anniversary retrospective "Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration"
Hourlong documentary "Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic"
Gallery of vintage featurettes, including press interviews and a Geraldine Chaplin screen test
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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 ›
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This CD was a gift and it was received very quickly. One of the best movies ever and we enjoyed it very much. Good service and was in perfect condition.Published 6 days ago by anonymous
The movies is great. I had to watch it over two nights and I couldn't get on Amazon for some reason the 2nd time before the time expired. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dean Manley
Phenomenal cinematography with an outstanding script and superb actors!Published 22 days ago by A. O. Smith
Great movie!! Follows a couple in a time of a civil war in Russia! It was a brutal war indeed. Lasting 5 years and Killing around 1 up to 5 million people! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the all time greats!! No one makes them this good anymore.Published 1 month ago by Lee Otten
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