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Doctor Zhivago (45th Anniversary Blu-ray Book Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Omar Sharif , Rod Steiger    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and Dr. Zhivago's glorious, wintry cinematography. Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" and the rest of his patchwork score can be heard in a music-only track, while Omar Sharif is joined by Lean's widow, Sandra, and Rod Steiger for an intermittent commentary. The second bonus disc contains a good hourlong making-of documentary, plus 10 shorter contemporary documentaries giving various insights into the location shooting and the cast and crew. But it's the sheer beauty of the picture that will astonish and make this disc forever a treasure. --Mark Walker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the nay-sayers May 18 2010
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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 amazon.ca currently offers is a good value.
By the way, the bonus audio CD was a nice treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic romance by the king of epic films June 1 2004
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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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Doctor Zhivago" (1965) is simply an outstanding film, directed by David Lean and based on a novel of the same written by Boris Pasternak. How good is it? Well, it lasts more than three hours, but that doesn?t seem long, as you quickly become immersed in the story.

The movie begins with a flashback, as General Yevgraf Zhivago (Alec Guinness) is looking for the lost daughter of his dead brother, Yuri Zhivago, and a woman named Lara. Zhivago s book, "Lara s poems", was forbidden for a long time in the URSS, but has given him fame. Yevgraf talks to a beautiful young woman (Rita Tushingham) that could well be Zhivago s daughter, and he begins to tell her the story of her parents.

Truth to be told, I cannot describe well enough all you will see in this movie. Suffice it to say that "Dr. Zhivago" is an incredibly good love story, set against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian revolution. Yuri (Omar Sharif) is a doctor and a poet whose opinions eventually land him in trouble, as they are far from politically correct. Lara (Julie Christie) is a woman that has survived very tragic events, and that married the wrong man, a fanatic obsessed with revolution who thinks that "The personal life is dead in Russia. History has killed it". Lara and Yuri briefly meet each other in their youth, but it is only much later that they realize they are in love. Unfortunately, by that time they both are married. They go their separate ways, but... this film wouldn t be so long if the story finished there :)

If you are interested in what happened to them, and want to know whether the young woman is their daughter, please watch "Dr. Zhivago". Not all your questions will be answered, but you will enjoy a film that really deserves to be called a classic. Highly recommended!

Belen Alcat
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the book on some levels, but not all June 13 2004
I only saw this recently, having always wanted to read the book before seeing the movie so I would know the complete story first and know what was missing from the movie. This movie is gorgeous, particularly the snow-encrusted house where Yuriy, Lara, and Lara's daughter Katya stay after Yuriy and Lara finally get together properly. And though I love Pasternak, reading his novel made it obvious he was first and foremost a talented poet, not a writer of prose. I didn't find it boring like so many others have, but it still had its slow and boring moments, and way too much background information on truly minor characters. The movie got rid of all of that; however, it also cut out things that were important in the novel, things which might have made the movie even more enjoyable if included.
At the beginning, we see young Yuriy at his mother's funeral, and then instantly we're seeing him, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha as young adults (I'd assume early twenties). Their childhoods in the novel lay the foundation for their character development, like understanding that Yuriy and his friends come from wealth and privilege, and Lara and her friends are poor and more susceptible to the new revolutionary ideas. And where is Yuriy's friend Misha Gordon, who in boyhood lived with him, or their other friends Nika Dudorov and Yusupka Galiullin, or Lara's little brother Rodyon, or any of Lara's other friends? Also missing from the section on their early years is how Lara goes to work as a nanny for the Kologrivov family to escape from Komarovskiy. And where is the birth of Yuriy and Tonya's son?
In the movie, the love story is more believable and credible than in the book, but not significantly more so.
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What a classic. By far better than the remake
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a timeless classic. Fantastic epic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a wonderfully new mastered edition. The story never gets old and the quality and sound on this DVD is perfect and takes me back to seeing it many years ago on the big... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacque
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story
I love the scenery, plot, acting, and music. It took me back in history with the highs and lows of the human condition.
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn March
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I chose this rating because it's a fantastic story, wonderful scenery and one of my favourite movies of all time. Read more
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Published 9 months ago by Darlene Pickard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great cinematography, wonderful theme song. Great background of Russian history, the civil war, the Bolshevik revolution, the war, some class issues. Read more
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