Doctor Zhivago (Deluxe Edition)
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David Lean's Doctor Zhivago is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr.Zhivago's relationships reflect the political turmoil raging about him. Though he is married, the vagaries of war lead him to begin a love affair with the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie). But he cannot escape the machinations of a band of selfish and cruel characters: General Strelnikov (Tom Courtenay), a Bolshevik General; Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Lara's former lover; and Yevgraf (Alec Guinness), Zhivago's sinister half-brother. This epic, sweeping romance, told in flashback, captures the lushness of Moscow before the war and the violent social upheaval that followed. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak.
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I was 14 years old when I first saw “Doctor Zhivago” in our local theater. At that time, the adults in my life didn’t think it was an appropriate film for someone as young as me. (It certainly was a different time back then.) They permitted me anyway, mainly, I suspect, because it’s based on a classic Russian novel that was then being banned by the Soviet government.
I came away from my first viewing of “Doctor Zhivago” with an abiding affection for the film and all its stars. Even now, fifty years later, this is a magical film for me. It’s epic in proportion. It has a hauntingly beautiful love story. It’s tells a fascinating story about a little known time in history. It’s technically gorgeous, filled with grand and colorful scenes, wonderful acting, eloquent dialogue, and hauntingly beautiful music.
Even though “Doctor Zhivago” is long (over 3 hours) and its pace a bit slow in places, (especially by today’s standards), the story never drags. It is an intensely compelling drama that’s also a superb war story, a heartbreaking love story, and an exciting high adventure.
I recently purchased the streaming rights to “Doctor Zhivago” from Amazon Video. The film is presented in high definition. The video and audio qualities are both first-rate, certainly much better than my old DVD version of the film.
“Doctor Zhivago” is an essential film for any movie collection. Most highly recommended.
The main Blu-ray disc of the movie plays fine on my Sony BX-350 player. Audio & video are great.
However the Special Feature DVD would not work in any of my players due to region locking.
I was able to play the DVD on my computer (Windows 10 laptop with External DVD drive, VLC software).
it seemed like it brought it to life right in front of me, and I was totally involved in it, and felt every tear, all the emotions
the characters brought with their love, heard every shot, every step of their boots, every snowflake drop. What a movie, even
for the 10th viewing. Omar Sharif incredible in his part. His eyes were hypnotising throughout the movie. Never said much, but you
could see through his eyes, what he was thinking. I know it was wrong to love two women,especially married to Tonia and having her
child,but, who could not fall in love with Julie Christie"s character, Lara. She was beautiful and charismatic. They loved each
other so much, but it was doomed, right from the beginning. I still cry at the ending. It is the most beautiful love story ever,
and the scenery and music adds even more flair to it. Everyone should watch this epic, historical, love story. It is my favorite
movie of all time.
The only bad thing is: is that it takes at least 2-3 viewings before you can understand some of the scenes,because it is Russian,
and they have accents, concentration is a must, especially the scene when "Lara"s" mother tries to commit suicide. At times, it is
hard to follow, but after awhile you catch up.