Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

     
 

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Stanley Kubrick's madcap political satire comes to DVD in an attractive presentation from Columbia TriStar. The black-and-white transfer is crystal clear, taken from a print with little or no degradation. Also, while billed as a "widescreen" presentation, the picture often takes up the full screen. This is because Kubrick shot the film using a variety of cameras for… See more details below

Overview

Stanley Kubrick's madcap political satire comes to DVD in an attractive presentation from Columbia TriStar. The black-and-white transfer is crystal clear, taken from a print with little or no degradation. Also, while billed as a "widescreen" presentation, the picture often takes up the full screen. This is because Kubrick shot the film using a variety of cameras for different scenes. Occasionally, the telltale black bars creep into the frame to reassure viewers that they are indeed seeing the film as it was intended. Sound is in Dolby Digital 1.0, although it's effective for a film such as this. As for extras, aside from a pair of alternate language tracks, there are none. Still, this DVD is worth owning for the quality of the picture alone, though serious Strangelove enthusiasts might want to hold out for the special edition.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Rarely does nihilistic humor bubble up so relentlessly as in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece of political satire, Dr. Strangelove. The tale begins when Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a United States general who is as obsessed with the spread of communism as he is with the dangers of fluoridation, dispatches a flock of B-52's into Russia, putting the world inexorably on a path toward self-annihilation. Kubrick's early training as a photographer is evident, especially in his bold sense of visual composition. The film's cartoonish characters grease the scathing commentary on cold war buffoonery. George C. Scott blows hard as a posturing hawk of the Pentagon. Peter Sellers plays three characters, among them the bizarre title character -- a former Nazi war criminal turned White House consultant. And of course, there's Slim Pickens's cowboy kamikaze, who rides a missile rodeo style, whooping and hollering into oblivion.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is widely regarded as the screen's greatest satire, a film that superbly encapsulates the fear and paranoia of the Cold War. There is not a sequence in the film in which the dialogue is not quotable -- indeed, there are so many well-remembered moments that viewers and critics will differ on the best, though surely the sight of Major Kong (Slim Pickens) waving his cowboy hat as he rides the bomb into oblivion is among the most enduring images of its era. As was consistently the case in his career, director Stanley Kubrick brilliantly matches actors with their roles, from Peter Sellers' three-character performance to the screen debut of James Earl Jones, whom Kubrick had spotted in a stage play. Similarly, George C. Scott, who plays the hawkish general Buck Turgidsdon, considered Strangelove among his greatest screen achievements. Every performance is top-notch, and many Kubrick trademarks can be found in the film, from the visual style to the shift to a hand-held camera when the Air Force base is attacked to the sparse and ironic use of music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/1997
UPC:
0043396017290
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove,Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake,President Merkin Muffley
George C. Scott Gen. Buck Turgidson
Sterling Hayden Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn Col. Bat Guano
Slim Pickens Maj. T.J. "King" Kong
James Earl Jones Lt. Lothar Zogg
Peter Bull Ambassador de Sadesky
Tracy Reed Miss Scott
Jack Creley Mr. Staines
Frank Berry Lt. H.R. Dietrich, DSO
Glenn Beck Lt. W.D. Kivel
Shane Rimmer Capt. G.A. "Ace" Owens
Gordon Tanner Gen. Faceman
Robert O'Neil Adm. Randolph
Roy Stephens Frank
Laurence Herder Burpelson Defense Team Member
John McCarthy On Defense Team
Hal Galili Members of the Defense Team
Paul Tamarin Lt. B. Goldberg

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Richard Bird Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Peter George Screenwriter
Anthony Harvey Editor
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
Victor Lyndon Associate Producer
Peter Murton Art Director
Kelvin Pike Camera Operator
Eric Rattray Asst. Director
Bridget Sellers Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Preview [2:45]
2. Start [3:07]
3. Condition Red [2:41]
4. Aboard the Leper Colony: Wing Attack Plan R [5:49]
5. Fred Calls Buck [3:14]
6. Three Simple Rules [1:31]
7. Attack Profile [2:50]
8. Briefing Group Captain Mandrake [4:55]
9. In the War Room [7:47]
10. General Turgidson's Six Points [3:28]
11. Survival Kit Contents Check [:57]
12. Ambassador De Sadesky [1:52]
13. Friendly Fire [1:38]
14. Merkin and Dimitri [5:33]
15. A Monstrous Commie Plot [3:36]
16. The Doomsday Machine; Dr. Strangelove [4:47]
17. Ripper Fires Back; How He Developed His Theory [3:25]
18. The Base Surrenders; Ripper Checks Out [3:57]
19. Evasive Action; Three Engines Hit [4:05]
20. POE; Colonel "Bat" Guano [2:19]
21. Assessing the Damage [1:44]
22. Deviated Pervert; Calling the President [3:45]
23. Code OPE Acknowledged; One Plane Left [4:31]
24. A Change of Target [1:36]
25. "Is There Really a Chance..." [1:12]
26. Final Checks; Bomb Doors Negative [6:19]
27. "Yahoo!!!" [:40]
28. 100 Year Plan; "Mein Führer! I Can Walk!" [5:20]
29. We'll Meet Again [1:46]

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