Doctor Zhivago (2-DVD)

Closed Capationed Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie & Geraldine Chaplin Director: David Lean  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
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Doctor Zhivago (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Sandra Lean
  • Introduction by Omar Sharif
  • 30th-Anniversary Documentary Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic
  • 10 Vintage Documentaries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles in English, French & Spanish
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: Turner Home Ent
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: This DVD has been digitally mastered from refurbished elements.
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Introduction: Omar Sharif - Director
    • Audio Commentary: Omar Sharif - Director, Rod Steiger - Star, Lady Sandra Lean - Director's Wife
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Documentary:
      1. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO: The Making of A Russian Epic
      2. Vintage Production and Star Documentaries (10)
    • Isolated Audio Track:
      1. Score - Maurice Jarre - Composer
      2. Audio Soundbites - Cast and Director Interviews, December 1965 New York Premiere
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Filmographies: Cast and Crew

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1965 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Cinematography: Freddie Young
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Original Score: Maurice Jarre

Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 03/01/2000
"...Breathtaking..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/07/1995
"...Rod Steiger gives one of the performances of his career..."
USA Today - 11/09/2001
"...It influenced fashion and inspired men to grow mustaches....It also launched a best-selling soundtrack album of Maurice Jarre's score and made a superstar of Julie Christie..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/09/2001
"...Hollywood's last great romantic epic....A Panavision marvel of snow-swept vistas, ice-glazed architecture, and elegantly choreographed legions of extras..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/02/2003
"...Unabashedly romantic and beloved by moviegoers around the world. Omar Sharif became an international superstar with his performance..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/07/2010
"[T]he cast is aces across the board....Even better: cinematographer Freddie Young's wide-screen shots, which capture the snowy steppes with the same haunting beauty he found in the desert on Lean's previous film..."
Empire - 06/01/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "It boasts huge sets and great epic scenes....Lean delivers the heavy breathing through his choreography of extras, extraordinary cinematography and a stirring score."

Description by OLDIES.com:

David Lean demonstrates again why he's a peerless filmmaker of substance and scale, directing Boris Pasternak's tumultuous tale of Russia divided by war and hearts torn by love. Epic images abound: revolution in the streets, an infantry charge into No Man's Land, the train ride to the Urals, an icebound dacha. Golden Globe Best Actor Award winner Omar Sharif plays the title role, in love with Lara (Julie Christie, the National Board of Review's Best Actress choice) and caught up in the tidal wave of history. Hauntingly scored by Maurice Jarre (who earned one of the film's five Academy Awards) and full of indelible performances, Doctor Zhivago is a moviemaking wonder.

Product Description:

David Lean's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr. Zhivago's relationships reflect the political turmoil raging about him. Though he is married, the vagaries of war lead him to begin a love affair with the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie). But he cannot escape the machinations of a band of selfish and cruel characters: General Strelnikov (Tom Courtenay), a Bolshevik General; Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Lara's former lover; and Yevgraf (Alec Guinness), Zhivago's sinister half-brother. This epic, sweeping romance, told in flashback, captures the lushness of Moscow before the war and the violent social upheaval that followed. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak.

Plot Keywords:

Epic | Essential Cinema | History | Love Story | Period Piece | Politics | Recommended | Theatrical Release | War

Production Notes:

  • Shot in Panavision.
  • Co-produced by Carlo Ponti Productions.
  • Writer Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for his novel, but refused to accept the award.
  • Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's film "Potemkin" provided inspiration for David Lean, who allegedly based the massacre scenes in "Zhivago" on that revolutionary classic.
  • Originally rated MPAA GP.
  • DVD Special Features: "Making-Of" Featurette, New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack,
    Dual-Layer Format for Interruption Free Playback, 8-Page Trivia Booklet, and Special Reissue Trailer.

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 012569557123
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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