Doctor Zhivago Makes an Urgent House Call in May

Doctor Zhivago Makes an Urgent House Call in May

Jan 15, 2010

Director David Lean’s 1965 historical epic Doctor Zhivago stars Omar Sharif in the title role as a married surgeon in love with a nurse (Julie Christie) during the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. The sweeping romance was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five back in a time when the Academy seemed to seriously consider the merits of each nominee instead of letting a monkey draw them from a hat.

Warner Bros. has always given its catalog classics the royal treatment and Doctor Zhivago is no exception. On May 4, the studio will release restored DVD and Blu-ray editions to celebrate the film’s 45th anniversary. "We're very excited about this meticulous new restoration and how incredible Doctor Zhivago will look on Blu-ray," said George Feltenstein, WHV's Senior Vice President, Theatrical Catalog Marketing. "The qualities that have kept the film so vital and popular all these years — the sweeping love story, the gorgeous vistas and unforgettable imagery — are all dramatically enhanced through the unprecedented technical capabilities of Blu-ray. The result is not only breathtakingly beautiful to look at but also provides a magnificent aural experience."

Both versions will contain a new documentary about the enduring legacy of the film as well as new commentaries and 11 vintage featurettes. The Blu-ray is the Doctor you want to marry to your collection, however. It comes packaged with a 44-page booklet featuring essays, cast photos, historical facts and even a CD with eight selections from the Oscar-winning soundtrack that featured “Lara’s Theme.”

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