Doctor Zhivago 45th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray

When I was a kid I had to watch Doctor Zhivago whenever it was on. It was a family favorite that constantly insisted up itself. With good reason, the 1965, Doctor Zhivago, film captures the essence of Boris Pasternak’s Russian novel of remarkable passion and sweeping grandeur, presenting an intimate and deeply emotional story against the enormous backdrop of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. Omar Sharif stars in the title role of Doctor Zhivago, portraying the surgeon-poet over a half-century period. Zhivago, who is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family, is also in love with Lara (Julie Christie), a nurse whose life has been destroyed by tragedy. Repeatedly brought together and separated from each woman by war and revolution, Zhivago is torn apart by conflict. He loves Tonya deeply but his poetic soul belongs to Lara. Much like his beloved country, Zhivago’s spirit becomes battered by the devastation of war as he struggles to maintain his individualism in the face of overwhelming odds.

Doctor Zhivago

I just got through watching it for the first time in nearly 5 years and the picture and sound are incredible. I am not an expert or anything, but this is definitely the highest quality version of Doctor Zhivago I have ever seen. Plus when the movie ends, things just get better, because this version is chock full of extras including:

New Special Features

  • Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration Part 1 & 2 (all-new production)
  • Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Lady Sandra Lean (wife of David Lean) Part 1 & 2
  • Introduction by Omar Sharif
  • Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic
  • Trailer
  • Blu-ray Exclusive: 8-Song CD Soundtrack Sampler of the Oscar®-winning score

11 Vintage Featurettes

  • Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean
  • David Lean’s Film of Doctor Zhivago
  • Moscow in Madrid
  • Pasternak
  • New York Press Interviews Omar Sharif
  • New York Press Interviews Julie Christie
  • Geraldine Chaplin Screen Test
  • This is Omar Sharif
  • This is Julie Christie
  • This is Geraldine Chaplin
  • Chaplin in New York

Personally I went for the Blu-Ray version of the movie. This type of movie is exactly what BR is was made for, but it also available via DVD. If you are going with the no physical media strategy, The movies available On Demand and For Download (via iTunes) starting on Tuesday May 4th.

Pick up Doctor Zhivago 45th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray [@] Amazon

For more information about the On Demand and for Download via iTunes, visit the movies’ official website.


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