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.