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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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David Lean focused all his talent as an epic-maker on Boris Pasternak's sweeping novel about a doctor-poet in revolutionary Russia. The results may sometimes veer toward soap opera, especially with the screen frequently filled with adoring close-ups of Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, but Lean's gift for cramming the screen with spectacle is not to be denied. The streets of Moscow, the snowy steppes of Russia, the house in the country taken over by ice; these are re-created with Lean's unerring sense of grandness. The movie is so lush and so long that it becomes an irresistible wallow, even when logic suffers--like Gone with the Wind before it and Titanic after. Sharif, who achieved stardom in Lean's previous film, Lawrence of Arabia, mostly looks noble, but the supporting cast is spiky: Rod Steiger as a fat-cat monster, Tom Courtenay as a self-righteous revolutionary, and Klaus Kinski and Alec Guinness in smaller roles. Geraldine Chaplin, in her adult debut, plays the doctor's compliant wife. Robert Bolt's screenplay won one of the film's five Oscars, with another going to perhaps the most immediately recognizable element of the movie: Maurice Jarre's romantic music, with its hugely popular "Lara's Theme" weaving in and out of a swooning score. --Robert Horton

Special Features

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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago 2-Disc Blu-ray May 12 2010
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This movie is a classic. Sound and picture great on blu-ray. My 45th Anniversary Edition came with 2 discs. The movie on Blu-ray disc. The special features on DVD disc. Folding cardboard and plastic case with attached booklet containing colour and B&W photos, trivia, and actor bios etc.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Noirdame TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Although I agree that this is a wonderful film (if a bit overlong), and is worth watching, I feel that, in his effort to make another "epic" and trying to match his incomparable "Lawrence Of Arabia" and "The Bridge On The River Kwai" , David Lean missed out on a more in-depth and meaningful plot.
The novel, is more or less, a love story that takes place during the Russian Revolution, and the turmoil that this event inflicted on the human spirit. Boris Pasternak was basically calling things as he saw and experienced them, since he witnessed this upheaval. While the movie is gorgeous and fascinating to look at, and the music is superb, adding to the haunting quality of the story and the characters, the film fails to become a more intimate look at the people's lives, and therefore is missing some of the crucial elements of the book. Not to demean the late Robert Bolt, who was a very gifted screenwriter, and he deserved the Oscar he received, but he didn't (or perhaps, couldn't) recreate the labor of love that Pasternak penned.
It was wonderful to see Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay together again on-screen, as they had such a smashing success with John Schlesinger's delicious "Billy Liar" (1963). However, the love story of Lara and Pasha, so sweetly detailed in the novel, is relegated to pretty much a back story or a minor plot element, perhaps to capitalize on Lara's destructive affair with Victor Komorovsky (the late and wonderfully devious Rod Steiger), and her upcoming, face-to-face encounter with Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a timeless classic. Fantastic epic. March 16 2014
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This film totally captures the feeling and grit of going from having all to having none. Living multiple lives, and being caught between what you should do, versus what you want to do and what you want out of life. Multi-level plot. Fantastic characters. Great actors. Watch it in the winter, cuddled up with a nice hot cup of tea, perhaps by a fire.... You will feel it!... Trust me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful March 5 2014
By Jacque
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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 screen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story Feb. 10 2014
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I love the scenery, plot, acting, and music. It took me back in history with the highs and lows of the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago Jan. 20 2014
By Hud
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because it's a fantastic story, wonderful scenery and one of my favourite movies of all time. Hadn't seen it in a few years and it was everything that I had remembered. Loved it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dr Zhivago Jan. 12 2014
By Jude
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The movie Dr Zhivago we purchased from Amazon was terrible, it froze up half way through and we were unable to get it to play so we have not been able to watch the rest of the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. zhivago replacement movie returned.
I made a mistake when I ordered this new movie. I didn't realize the First movie was both a narrative and movie combined and it's Great. Read more
Published 4 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
Published 11 months ago by Maya
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago
An obvious classic to have for any movie collection. There are scenes where we cannot see what is happening, but we know what is from the expressions on the characters' faces. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barrett Clare-Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still terrific after all these years.
This amazing movie hasn't aged much at all. It's still fabulous from beginning to end, even as a long two-part epic.
Published 13 months ago by J. Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine classic
This is one of those films that excel in every way, i.e. superb story, acting at a top level, great scenery and fine production. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joseph Soul
5.0 out of 5 stars RARE VISION OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of... Read more
Published 24 months ago by kuktuk
5.0 out of 5 stars excellence
This was a great movie in the theatre and I enjoyed it even more on my TV at home. The colors were vivid and the sound was excellent. Well worth the price!
Published on Jan. 27 2012 by Denise E. Mcnichol
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Zhivago - 45th Anniversary Special
Great film! wonderful photography, good story, superb acting. I enjoyed the special features, behind the scenes. After 45 yeas, this movie continues to be timeless. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2012 by B. Montgomery
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