WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Doctor Zhivago

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM/UA Home Video
(Catalog Number): ML101526
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 200
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1965
(LD Release Date): 11/01/88
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): David Lean
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Bolt
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Norman Savage
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Carlo Ponti

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

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:
MGM/UA is to be applauded for a perfect picture digital video transfer at the compositionally correct 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio. The image quality is so pristine as to stagger the viewer with its clarity. Picture detail and sharpness is excellent as is color fidelity and balance. This is a visually stunning and captivating epic that looks gorgeous on a properly adjusted monitor.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound has been Dolby Surround® encoded from the original elements of the six-track stereo magnetic soundtrack. The richly textured music has been reproduced beautifully from the original soundtrack. It has a lush, warm, and panoramic soundscape punctuated with the powerful voicings of an all-male chorus. It is quite an impressive orchestral and choral recording.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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