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Doctor Zhivago [1965] [DVD] [Dual Disc Format]*

Omar Sharif , Julie Christie , David Lean    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Writers: Boris Pasternak, Robert Bolt
  • Producers: Arvid Griffen, Carlo Ponti
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, German, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MHNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



David Lean's wintry adaptation of Boris Pasternak's melodramatic Russian Revolution romance, Doctor Zhivago, is a masterpiece of epic filmmaking, but one that risks leaving the viewer cold. Though none of the film was shot in the then USSR, Lean's assured technique nevertheless illuminates the breathtaking backgrounds magnificently: from the snowy wastes of the Urals to the strife-torn streets of Moscow, Lean stages a series of wonderful set-pieces showing war, revolution and its terrible aftermath. The problem lies in the foreground. Omar Sharif's entirely passive Zhivago is, we are told, a romantic poet of great sensitivity who internalises all his emotions and expresses them in verse. The trouble is the audience never gets to see a line of his poems, not even the centrally important "Lara" cycle. Thus Zhivago at the end of the picture is as much an emotional blank to us as he was at the beginning. His affair with the idealised beauty that is Julie Christie's Lara is also taken for granted by the filmmakers rather than set up in any convincing way, their mutual attraction remaining a mystery that creates a vacuum at the core of the picture. Given that none of the central characters with the exception of Rod Steiger's fire-breathing lecher Komarovsky ever give way to strong emotions, the romantic heart of the film remains oddly frigid. Matters are not helped by composer Maurice Jarre's incessant "Lara's Theme", which many will find teeth-grindingly irritating. Still, any David Lean epic, even a flawed one, is always going to be a first-class cinematic experience, and Zhivago is assuredly that.

On the DVD: A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and this movie'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 hour-long 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 treasurable. --Mark Walker

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Doctor Zhivago [1965] [DVD] [DVD] (2006) Omar Sharif; Julie Christie; David Lean

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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully restored masterpiece on DVD 10 Dec 2003
I first saw this film about 10 years ago. I was an impressionable teenager and was swept away by the intensity and romanticism of this film. Coming to it again after all these years,I wasn't sure how I would react. But to say I was NOT disappointed would be an understatement. The first thing to say is that this film looks even more stunning on DVD - the breathtaking cinematography is served well by the transfer to DVD. I was struck again by the visual beauty and lyricism of this film, and I must disagree with the amazon review - I thought Omar Sharif and Julie Christie's performances were brilliant in a subtle, understated way. There is none of the cheesy overacting which mars so many films produced in the mid-sixties. Sharif is mesmerising - he brings a quiet, sensitive soulfulness to his role as Zhivago. This film is so long that the DVD actually contains an "intermission", but with such an intriguing, involving story, you don't notice the hours pass. I am generally not one for Hollywood epics, but after watching this again it's reinstated as one of my all-time favourite films. DVD was invented so that we can have the privilege of seeing these beautiful, classic films in all their intended glory.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Zhivago:Lean`s next great masterpiece. 26 Jun 2001
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David Lean was a filmmaker whose films could range from small budgeted london yarns to huge expensive period epics....and DR.Zhivago was one such huge epic...One look at the film and its scenes and you know that a master is at the helm.. Here are a few sweeping visuals which you'll be hit with... vast expanses of snow white steppes deep in the wild heart of russia...a funeral procession winding its way through the desolation... An orphaned boy after the loss of his mother looks up at a tree and the rustling breeze makes the leaves fly around like poetry in motion... thats how Lean can make his scenes work...immaculate sense of emotion accompanied by dazzling photography and rousing music...its a hook you cant escape..(Maurice Jarre`s Lara`s mum hums it...and so do I..its unforgettable) Anyways on with the film...its based on Boris Pasternak`s hugely complex novel...and the plot of the movie too is big...its spans across decades one thread holding it tight...Lean`s masterful story telling... I wont give away the story because the visuals of the film will affect you in its own way and i dont want to walk you through it... The performances in the film are good almost as extraordinary as 'Lawrence of Arabia'(Lean`s other small little film)...Omar Sharif and Julie Christie share a great chemistry....supported well by a huge cast especially good is the role of Komarovsky played by Rod Steiger... The camerawork by Freddie Young is flawless...epic in its scope and delicately pristine in its beauty....the snow never looked so good in the movies....see the ice palace...its the most haunting of all movie sets ive ever seen..See the scene where snow flakes melt on a window when the rays of the sun wash over it... There never has been and never will be a filmmaker like David Lean...his loss is a real dent in the world of cinema... Go see will know just why...!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Lean's Epic Shines on Blu Ray 7 July 2011
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The Bolshevik rebellion as seen through the eyes of poet/doctor Zhivago(Omar Sharif) and his myriad relationships with notably his wife Tonya(Geraldine Chaplin),wily entrepreneur Komarovsky(Rod Steiger),rebellion leader Pasha Antipov(Tom Courtney) and most tellingly of all Antipov's estranged wife Lara(the radiant Julie Christie).

Handsome production with brilliant production design by John Box is a triumph of storytelling being beautifully intimate for the most part while set against the epic backdrop of stunning vistas and wonderful set pieces- notably the railway journey through the Urals being the pick of the bunch.Performances are excellent with Steiger dialling down his usual bombastic style to very good effect probably the pick of the bunch and alhough nearly 200 mins in length it never sags and Lean can be forgiven the regular contrivances of the narrative and the heavy use of symbolism to convey messages and mood changes because there is a richness of atmosphere and a sense of history that permeates the whole film.Freddie Young's dazzling work as DP is truly extrodinary.

I can't be the only one to have never watched D Zhivago before and plumped for the blu even though i've had the 2 disc stan def for a couple of yrs now and i wasn't disappointed.Popping in the stan def after,the blu is certainly an improvement on it with the interiors looking wonderful and the sunflower in the hospital is quite beautiful as is Chaplin captured so exquisitely as she alights the train resplendent in her pink military style coat.The dts 5.1 sound is excellent too emphasising Maurice Jarre's now legendary score and the sequence of the charge across the ice is both an auditory and visual highlight.

A very worthwhile investment in a superb film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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There's one thing you can say with certainty about Doctor Zhivago, you get your money's worth! Would cinema goers today stand for every detail being included in a film? Perhaps not, but back in 1965 Doctor Zhivago was a total Cinemascope Stereosound experience. Not only that but we explored Russian tradgedy in it's most extreme form as only those East of the Urals know it. The music is incredible, sweeping in like snow over the frozen Steppes providing the background for.......well, one tragedy after another. I liked this film more not knowing it was shot in Spain. However, doesn't it show us how hard life used to be and how much we take for granted now? Julie Christie is beautiful and Tom Courtney handsome in this brilliant, sad movie. A product of it's time yes, providing entertainment for the bingo generation, yet it also teaches us a lesson of taking time and space......and in this classic you can feel the quality if not the width of understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great film, very good service
Just like when I was growing up this had an overture and an intermission. All I needed was Celia to sell ice-creams in the interval. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by R Hernandezdewalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago [1965] [DVD]
Although this is an old film, I had to have it as it is one of the best films I have ever seen. I had to see it at the cinema 3 -4 times before I could get the story line. Read more
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This is my 14th viewing of this film since it came out in the cinema in 1965. If you havn'tt seen it your missing a great iconic movie.
Published 1 month ago by Pheme Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest moovie of all time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all "region free" encoded
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase of an old film I was so glad to secure.
An old film I remember with much affection, so glad I could get a copy and it arrived a day earlier than I expected, excellent service. Thank you.
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