Doctor Zhivago 1965

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Told in flashback, this epic romance is set against the turbulent backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Dr Zhivago's relationships reflect the political turmoil of the time. Though he's married, he begins a love affair with Lara but a bunch of selfish and cruel characters try to thwart the lovers.

Starring:
Geraldine Chaplin,Omar Sharif
Runtime:
3 hours, 11 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director David Lean
Starring Geraldine Chaplin, Omar Sharif
Supporting actors Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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129 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Philippa Christmass on 10 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
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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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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 theme...my 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 Dr.Zhivago...you will know just why...!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 12 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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"Doctor Zhivago" is an epic film of love, hope and tragedy, based on the novel by Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak. It spans nearly four decades and sweeps across a vast expanse of central Russia from Moscow to east of the Ural Mountains. It covers the end times of Czarist Russia, the rise of the Bolshevik revolution, the communist takeover and the early years of the Soviet Union. Yet, it is not a war, revolution, or military movie. It is a love story set in those times, events and places. It is a love story wound in and around those real events that Boris Pasternak lived through as a young man in Russia.

Many people have written reviews on this great movie. But I wonder how many older viewers remember the controversy surrounding the author, book and movie. Or, how many younger viewers are aware of the history of "Doctor Zhivago." How many people know that Pasternak had to reject the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958? The Soviet Union wouldn't allow the book to be published. When it was printed outside the U.S.S.R., the Soviet's banned the book throughout the realm. When the movie came out in 1965, the Soviets banned it from being shown in the U.S.S.R. It wasn't until after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that the book was translated into Russian and sold in the former U.S.S.R. The first showing of the movie in Russia was in 1994.

The Soviets forbade Pasternak's re-entry into Russia if he went to Stockholm to receive the prize.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry F. Korbl on 25 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I loved this film when I first saw it on the big screen in 1966 and I love it still. The Blu-ray release doesn't disappoint. It is a great transfer and a great price.

To all those who deride the film for not being a true representation of Pasternak's novel, I have also read the book and you could not compress the entire novel into a film that runs for only 200 minutes. Robert Bolt's screenplay gives us the love story from the novel and the film tells this very well.

Television is the only medium that could possibly do justice to the whole of Pasternak's novel because they are not restrained by time. However, television with their limited budget would lose the epic sweep of the novel, which the 2002 television mini series clearly demonstrated.

For all those who love David Lean's film and own a Blu-ray player, don't hesitate to throw out your DVD copy and buy the Blu-ray release.

I have added the Blu-ray Video, Audio and Subtitle information into the product's forum; below.
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