Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine within the film's 197 minutes (plus intermission). Zhivago is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but carries on an affair with Lara (Julie Christie), who has been raped by ruthless politician Komarovsky (Rod Steiger). Meanwhile, Zhivago's half-brother Yevgraf (Alec Guinness) and the mysterious, revenge-seeking Strelnikoff (Tom Courteney) represent the "good" and "bad" elements of the Bolshevik revolution. Composer Maurice Jarre received one of Doctor Zhivago's five Oscars, with the others going to screenwriter Robert Bolt, cinematographer Freddie Young, art directors John Box and Terry Marsh, set decorator Dario Simoni, and costumer Phyllis Dalton. The best picture Oscar, however, went to The Sound of Music.~Hal Erickson
Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Sandra Lean
New commemorative tow-part 45th anniversary retrospective Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration
Great story with everything, romance, history, etc
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I have not watched dvd yet. It is replacement for VHS tape that I have had for years, the 35th Anniversary edition. I have VCR, but one of the 2 tapes would not play. I love the music and the scenery was beautiful when showing Winter scenes. The hardships and everything the people went thru during that time in history is something to give you something to think about.
David Lean,the director,gives Dr.Zhivago the "epic" treatment as he did with "Lawrence of Arabia" & with Omar Sharif in both films!! The packaging was sturdy! The movie on blu-ray(with Overture & Intemission music),a special features dvd-excellent quality-AND a separate, 8-song cd sound-track sampler of the famous music. There's also a 46 page attached book of production history & pics.You're less likely to lose the booklet plus it helps keep the packaging in good shape.All in all a quality production for the 45th Anniversary !! Very glad I got it..!!
Zhivago came out about the time I got out of college. I loved it then and love it now. The acting, plot, and cinematography is great, and it is even better on my 4K screen even though it is a bluray disc. It was made for a ultra wide movie screen so the aspect ratio (2.66:1) makes watching it on a big screen almost a necessity. Great love story in a time of turmoil.
Basically it proves that love will or can conquer all.
For a long time I have wanted to buy this movie but was hesitant as I have experienced negative results with past video purchases. I must say that this was not the case with this video. " It is theater quality". Bravo!!