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Doctor Zhivago

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger & Rita Tushingham

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc release includes the same introduction by Omar Sharif that was included with the LaserDisc (yet on the DVD, it is forced, you cannot chapter past it), audio commentary, and a music-only track of Maurice Jarre

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 65571
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-disc set: DVD-15/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 200
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1965
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/06/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Lean
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the novel by Boris Pasternak, David Lean

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing quality, especially considering the age of the movie. The picture is smooth, with pleasing sharpness and nicely rendered detail. Colors are well balanced, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Colors can be rich and bold-like the deep scarlet tapestries-against the cold hues of the Russian exteriors. Edge enhancement gives almost everything on screen a ghostly halo. It is very obtrusive at times, while other scenes are free from its distraction. Compared to the LaserDisc (Issues 17 and 25), the DVD exhibits much-improved contrast and slightly less edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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