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Doctor Zhivago: Anniversary Edition

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Doctor Zhivago (Movie - 1965) | DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Russia will never be the same
Everett Collection

While some might consider David Lean’s fur-hats-and-onion-domes romance old-fashioned and square after 45 years, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sure, the accents in Doctor Zhivago may be more British than Bolshevik, but the cast is aces across the board (especially the deliciously creepy Rod Steiger, who’s all bluster on the two-disc set’s commentary). Even better: cinematographer Freddie Young’s wide-screen shots, which capture the snowy steppes with the same haunting beauty he found in the desert on Lean’s previous film, Lawrence of Arabia (and which look better than ever on this digitally restored print). Sadly, most of the EXTRAS are retreads, except a doc on Zhivago‘s impact on the next generation of filmmakers. The Blu-ray version adds a 44-page book of essays and photos plus a soundtrack CD. A-

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