Dr. Strangelove (Blu-ray)

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Dr. Strangelove is a brilliant bit of celluloid genius and a true classic in every sense of the word. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture (1964), Stanley Kubrick's black comedy about a group of paranoia-inspired, war-happy generals who manage to initiate an "accidental" nuclear apocalypse, is horribly frightening, delightfully funny and surprisingly relevant to this day.

This is the saga of two psychotic generals: Joint Chief of Staff "Buck" Turgidson (George C. Scott) and Air Force Strategic Commander Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden), who orders a bomber squadron to attack the USSR, triggering a Soviet secret weapon, the "Doomsday Machine," a diabolical retaliatory missile system.

Peter Sellers portrays a trio of men who attempt to avert this catastrophe: British Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to paranoid Gen. Ripper; U.S. President Muffley, whose best attempt at diverting this disaster depends on convincing a boozed-up Soviet Premier it's all a silly mistake; and the President's advisor, Dr. Strangelove, a demented ex-Nazi scientist. Can any one of them possibly save the world?

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 208715430
UPC 043396263659
UPC 14 00043396263659
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Black Comedy
Classic
Cold War
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Mad Doctor
Military
Nuclear Destruction
Recommended
Satire
Theatrical Release
War
Editors Note
Note DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB is Stanley Kubrick's Cold War masterpiece. Based on the novel RED ALERT by Peter George, the film is set at the height of the tensions between Russia and the United States, when all it would take to destroy the world was one push of a button. And General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is just the man to do it. ^Convinced that the Russians have infiltrated America's "vital essence," the crazed Ripper gives the go code to the 843rd bomb wing to attack Russia, setting in motion a series of darkly hilarious vignettes involving gung-ho soldiers, wacky generals, spying Russians, drunken premiers, battles with soda machines, fights in the War Room, and the Russians' top-secret Doomsday Machine. Shot in black and white, the film has three main centers of action: one of the B-52 bombers, on which a group of loyal men know they are about to start World War III; Burpelson Air Force Base, where Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) is trying to convince everyone that Ripper has gone mad and the bombing must be stopped; and the War Room, where President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) is trying to make peace with the Russians. The finale featuring Sellers as Dr. Strangelove is a comic gem. Hayden, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, and Sellers (in three roles) are especially terrific in what may be the funniest, most poignant black comedy ever made, a vicious satire on the farcical aspects of the military and the cold war.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I can no longer sit back and allow communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."--General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) to Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers)
Quote "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"--President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) to General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) and Ambassador de Sadesky (Peter Bull)
Quote "This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that."--President Muffley "Our source was the New York Times."--Ambassador de Sadesky
Quote "You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola Company."--Colonel Bat Guano (Keenan Wynn) to Mandrake
Reviews
New York Times "...A supremely scary classic....If DR. STRANGELOVE is the most warmly remembered of cold war artifacts, thank its pitch-black humor..." -- Critic's Choice 11/04/1994 p.C14
Chicago Sun-Times "...DR. STRANGELOVE is filled with great comic performances....Arguably the best political satire of the century..." 07/16/1999 p.5
USA Today "...The film, of course, hasn't lost a thing, starting with three exceptional performances by Peter Sellers and another by underrated Sterling Hayden..." 06/19/1992 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "...A movie that shocked the world into a new death-rattle irony..." 01/11/2002 p.33
Rolling Stone "The blackest satire on the madness of war has grown more apt over time." 11/11/2004 p.118
Uncut "Kubrick's atomic-powered black comedy, scripted to perfection by Terry Southern." 04/01/2005 p.142
Empire "Despite the despairing theme, it's still among the funniest films ever made -- and, in his three roles, Peter Sellers delivers several classic speeches that will live forever..." 12/01/2008 p.215
Wall Street Journal "Stanley Kubrick's quintessential Cold War Comedy is also one of the savvier movies, period, about politics in the postnuclear era." 07/23/2010
Directors
Stanley Kubrick
Actors
George C. Scott
Peter Sellers
Cast & Crew
George C. Scott - Star
Slim Pickens - Star
Keenan Wynn - Star
Peter Sellers - Star
Jack Creley - Star
Peter Bull - Star
Sterling Hayden - Star
Tracy Reed - Star
James Earl Jones - Star
Terry Southern - Screenwriter
Anthony Harvey - Editor
Gilbert Taylor - Director of Photography
Ken Adam - Production Designer
Laurie Johnson - Composer
Stanley Kubrick - Screenwriter
Peter George - Screenwriter
Stanley Kubrick - Producer
Stanley Kubrick - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 26365
UPC 00043396263659
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Thai Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Awards
Oscar (1965) Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, Nominee, Best Picture,Peter George, et al., Nominee, Best Screenplay Adapted Of Material From Another Medium,Peter Sellers, Nominee, Best Actor,Stanley Kubrick, Nominee, Best Director
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review As political satire few movies...come close to this level of accomplishment. In the case of Dr. Strangelove, the barbs and quips (both subtle and obvious) hold up as well today as they did thirty years ago... Dr. Strangelove is tightly-plotted and well-paced. As a black comedy, wielding a wit sharper than honed steel, the film is unparalleled.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Seen after 30 years, Dr. Strangelove seems remarkably fresh and undated - a clear-eyed, irreverant, dangerous satire... If movies of this irreverence, intelligence and savagery were still being made, the world would seem a younger place.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Actor Sellers,Peter
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer Kubrick's comic gem sparkles with enduring relevance.
Leonard Maltin ...a brilliant black comedy, outstanding cast...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
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