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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,754 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. Merko on May 18 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I read several of the reviews complaining about poor video and audio quality, and was hesitant about ordering the new 45th Anniversary Zhivago.
It was a favourite movie, I only had an old betamax copy of the movie.
The quality of the Blu-ray is quite good, there is detail beyond what you would find on a DVD copy for certain.
While the movie's picture quality doesn't rival recent movies, this may have to do with more sophisticated lighting designs today, and much bigger budgets. Undoubtably image capture technology has advanced in 45 years, and today, cinematographers have more tools to capture the breath-taking images that we pay to see in the cinema.
If Zhivago is a movie you've enjoyed in the past, and did not buy a DVD copy of it, then whole-heartedly, enjoy the movie again in Blu-ray. There is a visible difference.
With respect to the soundtrack, remember that it is a digitally restored soundtrack. It is not a soundtrack from a 2010 block-buster. The sound is clear and balanced, but does not have the dynamic range of today's movies. It didn't 45 years ago, and doesn't today.
Enjoy a classic movie, in good image and sound quality, and considering the cost of seeing a movie at a movie theater, the special price that currently offers is a good value.
By the way, the bonus audio CD was a nice treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric San Juan on June 1 2004
Format: DVD
David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" had a difficult task when it was released, following two of the greatest films ever made in "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia." That is stands up so well to those two titans is impressive indeed.
"Doctor Zhivago," based on the novel of the same name, is a tale of love, loss and life during the Russian Revolution. Grand in scope (do we expect anything but from David Lean?) yet personal in scale, the film is less a point A to point B story as it is snippets of a man's life, the trials he faces and the women he loves.
At three hours and twenty minutes, this is a long film. We linger in seemingly small moments of life. The first hour is spent simply setting up the cast of characters whose lives will become so intertwined later, or whose unexpected appearance will startle us late in the film. Yet rarely does the film feel slow. The pace, while deliberate, works.
The sweep of the landscape and scope of the story is epic in proportions. We see stunning vistas and gorgeous landscapes; sprawling masses of people; a beautifully rendered Moscow; and locations that are a joy to see. Others have mentioned that "Doctor Zhivago" comes from the same realm of storytelling as "Gone With The Wind." That is an accurate assessment.
Lean pulls out a series of great directing tricks, with stylish cinematography and cuts on par with "Lawrence of Arabia's" famous match-to-desert cut, giving this film a number of memorable filmmaking moments.
Movie fans should be thankful that once again, one of Lean's classic films have been given a worthy DVD release.
The quality on this special edition DVD release is wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock on Dec 11 2001
Format: DVD
What a wonderful surprise to discover this film as finally been released in the DVD format. Indeed, absolutely no one was a more masterful film maker than David Lean, the British director of such classics as "Lawrence of Arabia", "Bridge Over the River Kwai", "Ryan's Daughter" and, of course, "Doctor Zhivago" (see my reviews of all these films). Lean's cinematography is always spectacular and breathtaking, for he had a special appreciation for how the nature of one's natural surroundings set the stage and influenced the dramatic proceedings. Thus, Lean characteristically focused his films on the ways in which individuals and their personal characteristics clash and meld with the larger social, cultural, and historical surround in which they are located, and so each film is a uniquely captivating study of the specific dynamics of each particular individual situation. Each of these films is also a well-choreographed and photographed excursion into the topography, climate, and landscape of the geographic location in which the drama unfolds. The eyes and ears are always delighted by what Lean displays.
Here the beauty and innocence of nature is constantly contrasted with the ugliness, artificiality, and depravity of man's environs both under the Czar as well as under the brutally repressive communist regime. Omar Sharif turns on a wonderful performance as young Yuri Zhivago, by turns an orphan, poet, and medical doctor sponsored by the family he will soon marry into. The character of Zhivago is that of an unrepentant innocent, a true Russian peasant transported by situation and circumstance away from his rural origins into the bustling aristocracy of Moscow before the October revolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Howe on April 12 2003
Format: DVD
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is a classic film. Having never seen it before, and having recently rediscovered the joys of David Lean's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (wow, what a great film!), I watched ZHIVAGO with fresh eyes.
My first reaction: ZHIVAGO, whether you've seen it or not, is part of America's film culture. I knew "Lara's Theme"; The snowy, Russian scenes and Julie Christie's blond hair were somehow familiar to me!
The DVD looks spectacular. The anamorphic transfer is clean and crisp. The overture and intermission music are included. The documentary, featuring a mature (and still distinguished) Omar Sharif, is illuminating -- especially discovering that ZHIVAGO was filmed in Spain!
As for the film ... I hate to admit that I had a few problems with it that kept me from suspending my disbelief -- which is necessary, sometimes, to believe in what you're seeing on the screen. For instance, although the film takes place in Russia, almost everyone speaks with a British accent. The peasants seems to have Russian accents, though. Omar Sharif, although really wonderful as the Doctor, and although he endured some subtle makeup to change his Egyptian looks, still looks like Sherif Ali Ibn El Kharish from LAWRENCE -- not a Russian doctor. Julie Christie, a beautiful woman who was 24 when ZHIVAGO was made, plays Lara as a 17 year old. I didn't buy it.
On the positive side, Rod Steiger is deliciously evil as Komarovsky. And Geraldine Chaplin lights up the screen as Tonya.
Then there's the love story. According to the documentary, Lean wanted Sharif to play Zhivago as a watcher -- the film is through his eyes, almost passively. Therefore, I never understood how Zhivago felt about having two lovers at the same time.
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