By : Billy Gil | Posted: 11 Jan 2010
Warner Home Video May 4 will release a restoration of Doctor Zhivago in a 45th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book ($35.99) and DVD ($24.98).
Both versions include a new documentary on the film, while the Blu-ray also has a 44-page booklet of essays, cast photos, historical film facts and a CD with eight songs from the film’s Oscar-winning soundtrack. The film also will be available day-and-date through video-on-demand from cable and satellite and as a download from online retailers such as iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune video marketplace and Amazon Video on Demand.
“We’re very excited about this meticulous new restoration from Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging and, in particular, how incredible Doctor Zhivago will look on Blu-ray,” said George Feltenstein, Warner Home Video’s SVP of 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.”
David Lean’s 1965 historical epic was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five. The film starred Omar Sharif in the title role as a married surgeon in love with a nurse (Julie Christie) during the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. It was adapted from a novel by Boris Pasternak and also starred Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson and Tom Courtenay.
Other special features on the discs include a commentary with Sharif, Steiger and Lady Sandra Lean (wife of David Lean); an introduction by Sharif; a making-of featurette; 11 vintage featurettes; and several other featurettes.