I’m not gonna lie. Sure, ‘Doctor Zhivago’ is a classic film that everyone should watch at some point, but I had a horrible time getting into at first. May Omar Sharif strike me down by lightning! Once I got past the first part of the movie, though, I loved it.
That’s the thing about some of these older movies. They take their time telling the story. They’re not in a giant rush like a lot of new films. Why, back when I was a kid…
A ‘Doctor Zhivago 45th Anniversary Edition’ was released on DVD and Blu-ray this year, and I recommend that everyone check it out – even if you have to start it a couple of times to get into it. The iced-over house alone is worth watching the film. I’ve got a clip after the jump.
Released in 1965, the adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s Russian novel is passionate, grand, intimate, and emotional as it follows the lives of several people during the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. Omar Sharif plays Doctor Zhivago, a surgeon-poet who’s married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family.
He’s 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 finds himself torn apart. He loves Tonya, but his poetic soul belongs to Lara. Sigh…
- 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
- 11 Vintage Featurettes
- Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean
- David Lean’s Film of Doctor Zhivago
- Moscow in Madrid
- 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
- Blu-ray Exclusive: 8-Song CD Soundtrack Sampler of the Oscar®-winning score
Images: Warner Home Video