One can't help but compare this series to the David Lean Hollywood epic...but it is an unfair comparison. They are two completely different products. Without taking anything away from this 11 part series, it makes Lean's effort all the more admirable considering he had to to condense a big Russian novel into 3 1/2 hours of mass marketable entertainment.
But back to this Russian production: If you have always wanted to read Pasternak's book, but had a hard time getting into it, or want a crash history course in the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, or just want to watch a top notch serialized classic novel beautifully filmed and acted (comparable in overall quality to BBC classics like I,Claudius and Upstairs/Downstairs),then get this DVD. It will transport you to 1905-1929 Russia.
BTW: We had no problem with the formatting or subtitles.
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