Doctor Zhivago 1965

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(250) IMDb 8/10

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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

130 of 138 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 95 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Del Fuego on 2 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The movie itself is a masterpiece of unrivalled film making and will remain a firm favourite of mine for a lazy Sunday afternoon, however BEWARE!

If you already own this film on DVD, Doctor Zhivago [DVD], and are reading these reviews to ascertain as to whether your money would be well spent upgrading to the Blu-ray edition, look no further and place your wallet back in your pocket.

I recently bought the 45th Anniversary Blu-ray edition Doctor Zhivago [Blu-ray] [1965] [Region Free] as an "upgrade" from my standard definition DVD and genuinely wish I hadn't. Aside from what can only be described as a mediocre HD transfer of varied quality, the major setback of this edition is simply that this movie really isn't suitable for an HD viewing experience. Rather than enhance the viewers enjoyment, the upgrade in clarity unfortunately detracts from the films original beauty, and instead draws the viewers attention away from the story and towards background sets, and it's here that this Blu-ray edition succeeds in destroying the illusion. Suddenly the streets of Moscow become wooden mock ups, the snow begins to look like paper from a snow machine, interior sets look exactly that, like a film set, and the illusion rapidly begins to fade.

I can only compare the experience to eventually learning the method behind the magic trick that baffled you for so long, and suddenly the illusion holds no further interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ramsey-Hardy on 15 Jun. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If any film deserves the blu-ray treatment, "Dr Zhivago" certainly does, because it is visually such a beautiful film, and one was expecting (hoping!) it would look good in this new edition.

The drums at the start of the overture made me jump!- the sound-track is powerful, rich in tone, clear in detail, and with well-modulated volume levels.

The opening scene, the Prologue, is visually downbeat: a Soviet industrial site, where Yevgraf is looking for Zhivago's daughter. The setting is just a manager's cluttered office, but- it is now glorious to look at! The subtlety and extraordinary variety of colour-tones, the brilliant quality of the light, and the sharp freshness of the image, were surprising. This movie has never looked so good!

David Lean was a director incapable of shooting a scene that wasn't:
a) superbly composed,
b) interesting to look at,
c) probably beautiful!

He would have been thrilled to see "Zhivago" looking as wonderful as it now does, in this blu-ray edition. Highly recommended.
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