WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Doctor Zhivago

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Cristie, Omar Sharif.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105136
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 200
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1965
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Credits Information
(Director): David Lean
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Bolt
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
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(Editor): Norman Savage
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(Executive Producers): Arvid Griffen
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Carlo Ponti

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): RE: DTS
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago is hailed by critics everywhere as brilliant and one of the most popular movies ever. A sweeping epic about one charismatic man’s struggle that spans several decades to survive in war-convulsed Russia. That man is Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), a talented poet and dedicated surgeon deeply affected by the war and its victims. His suffering alters the lives of many people around him including his gentle and understanding wife Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin) and the extraordinary and fiery nurse Lara (Julie Christie), with whom he falls in love. Doctor Zhivago won five Academy Awards® for its sweeping cinematography, screenplay, art/set direction, magnificent costumes and Maurice Jarre’s powerful music score.

LaserDisc Picture:
Although sometimes a bit dark, the Panavision® 2.40:1 picture exhibits generally excellent color fidelity with rich and warm colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Shadow detail is excellent, but noise and artifacts mar the picture throughout. For the age of this movie, it has exceptional quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Digital® discrete 5.1 soundtrack adds nothing to the original sound since there are no split surrounds, and being a low bit rate compressed format, would be less accurate than the original PCM tracks. With the deficiencies noted, nevertheless, Doctor Zhivago remains memorable as epic movie making at its best. There is an error in the stereo spread during the actual film, in which center information, especially dialogue, is leaked into the right front channel.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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