(July 19, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – “Doctor Zhivago” -- David Lean’s Academy Award®-winning landmark film that represents epic moviemaking at its best -- will have its long-awaited debut on a special double-disc DVD on November 6th from Warner Home Video (WHV). Omar Sharif and Julie Christie star in “Doctor Zhivago,” based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, which was the last of the three great historical sagas made by the grand master of the genre (Lean’s others were “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and “Lawrence of Arabia”). The film captured 10 Academy Award® nominations and received five Oscars®, including Best Screenplay. Rod Steiger, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson and Tom Courtenay also starred. “We’re proud to bring to DVD this movie masterpiece from Warner Home Video’s library,” said Mike Saksa, WHV vice president of U.S. marketing. “’Doctor Zhivago’ is one of the bonafide classics of cinema, a work of monumental proportions. With its gripping story, brilliant cinematography, magnificent locations, one of the most memorable music scores in history and stellar cast, it appeals to men and women of every generation. Every DVD household will want to have this in their collection.” “In addition to the new digital transfer and enhanced picture for widescreen TV, we’re pleased to have had Omar Sharif and Rod Steiger reunite and contribute their recollections along with David Lean’s wife, Sandra Lean. Their commentary will illuminate ‘Doctor Zhivago’ in a way that makes this DVD edition a keepsake to treasure.” Other features on the double-disc DVD include an introduction from Sharif and spectacular new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The entire package consists of nearly six hours of DVD content, selling for $29.99 SRP/$24.95 MAP; the VHS will sell for $19.98 SRP/$13.95 MAP. With operations in 78 international territories -- more than the video division of any other studio -- Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Company, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Video.
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