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Dr. Strangelove [Blu-ray] (1964)

Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , Stanley Kubrick  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Strangelove [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Best Sellers: Peter Sellers Remembered
  • Inside: Dr. Strangelove
  • No Fighting in the War Room or: Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat
  • The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove
  • The Cold War: Picture-in-Picture and Pop-Up Trivia Track (BD Exclusive)
  • An Interview with Robert McNamara

    Editorial Reviews

    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

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    4.8 out of 5 stars
    4.8 out of 5 stars
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    33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    The Film:

    Kubrick's best film? Tough to say. 2001, A Clockwork Orange, and Spartacus are pretty darned good. One of the best dark comedies of the 20th Century? Easily. Probably the single best. Consistently, some times uproariously funny, "Dr. Strangelove" is an indisputable classic. It expertly weaves the paranoia and fear of the period with phenomenal comedic performances, to both funny and chilling effect. Peter Sellers is absolutely stunning in this film, as is George C. Scott. The nuclear farce escalates and escalates throughout the 90 minute run-time, ultimately culminating in... well, I won't spoil it.

    Simply put, this is one of those films everyone should see before they die.

    The Blu-Ray:

    This is a tough disc to review. The movie is so incredibly good that it might be blinding to the flaws in the presentation. And flaws there are.

    The first one that will strike anyone who's seen this film before on home video is that this film is not presented in the 1.33:1 "academy ratio." Instead, it is cropped to a 1.66:1 ratio which is very close to today's widescreen TVs, with *very* slender black bars on the sides.

    Now, I'm as big a fan of widescreen images as the next guy. But I'm an even bigger fan of seeing everything the director intended me to see, i.e. the original aspect ratio of a piece of film. Apparently, when Sr. Strangelove was transferred to laserdisc, Kubrick told Criterion that the film is supposed to switch from 1.33:1 to 1.66:1 aspect ratios, depending on scene. In the war room, for instance, the lighting above and some binders below the 1.66:1 frame were intended to be seen. Since this disc is fixed at 1.66:1, the image never opens up to show us this information. Is it story critical? No.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    It was a time of turmoil in the world. There was the threat of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia, how fatalistic Americans were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US involvement in the military conflict in Vietnam was starting to heighten and tensions were high. Director Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a thriller on a what if there was a nuclear accident.

    Using Peter George's novel "Red Alert" (written back in 1958) as a source to write his film adaption, his knowledge of nuclear war after reading over 50 books on the subject, after the Cuban Missile Crisis started to become a growing concern with Americans, Kubrick wanted to give a unique perspective and not make things so grim. He immediately decided to change the screenplay which was more of a serious thriller into a black comedy.

    Needless to say, his decision to do so has made "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" a classic film that was ahead of its time back in 1965 and has so much relevance in today's modern world. The film was well-written as the film is a satire on the political system, sexual themes (which the names and the characters and their role in the film plays a big part of the film's theme and their manhood) and most importantly the Cold War.

    The film's storyline and even what went on behind-the-scenes to create the film are two very interesting stories and now, fans and new viewers who have been curious about this classic film and what went on behind-the-camera can experience it all on this 45th Anniversary Special Edition via High Definition on Blu-ray.


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    4.0 out of 5 stars Still the best! July 27, 2011
    DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB still makes me laugh. Watching it on Blu-ray last night reminded me once again what a fantastic movie this is. Stanley Kubrick was a genius, and he made sure to cast fellow geniuses Peter Sellars and George C. Scott in his film. For my money, the film has Peter Sellars best performances ever. Though I had read that he was unhappy with the over-the-top takes used, George C. Scott is sheer perfection...and incredibly funny. And who better to play insane General Jack D. Ripper than Sterling Hayden?

    This is very much the perfect movie. Great script (thanks to Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern). Great cinematography, thanks to Gilbert Taylor (the man who would later shoot STAR WARS). Great production design, thanks to the legendary Ken Adam. Great performances, as mentioned above. Plus Great direction, thanks to Maestro Stanley Kubrick.

    Blu-ray HD transfer is not perfect, yet still pretty good. Was pleased that the film was presented in HD-ready full-screen 16:9. Black and white cinematography looks beautiful, even with slight aberration (unnatural grain) evident under certain lighting conditions.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick's film is a masterwork (BD version review) November 27, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    With all this debate on aspect ratio aside, what knowledge I have of it is only from what I read throughout these reviews, my opinion of the film is based on 1) the content of the movie itself and 2) how this BD version actually looked to me as I viewed it on my 50" Samsung Plasma HT system.
    First I must say I did actually see this in the theater at the age of 11 with my parents when it was released. I was awe struck then and have always felt the same each time I've view it over the years. There is really nothing more I can add about the brilliance of Kubrick, the cast and crew in making what I consider one of the best movies made that hasn't already been said in the many reviews posted here.
    My wife had never watched Dr. Strangelove and a few years ago I rented it for her...Well she was totally amazed at what this film brought to the table in terms of content and character.
    So after I put together my home theater system earlier this year, Dr. Strangelove was one of the first titles I wanted to pick-up in Blue-Ray. After reading a lot of the debate going on in the reviews about the aspect ratio I was becoming greatly confused on which version would actually be the best one to buy...I finally gave in to the BD release with many of the special extras included (the had cover book with many of the movies photos was very nice, though I wished they had provided some sort of protective cover to slip over it).
    I am so glad I did go with the BD version, even after all the talk back and forth about the different aspect ratio thing. The contrast level and deep blacks are exceptional. The film still has that bit of grainy quality to it, but I believe it was intended to be that way, it was still very sharp and clear and I didn;t really see anything cut off from the screen.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is really Peter Sellers @ his best..
    This is really a classic. If you have not seen this movie then you really should. It has a terrific cast and is just wonderful to watch. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Rocky
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 15 days ago by ioji
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Really Perfect little set in a book
    Published 18 days ago by Winfield Pearson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Bomb
    The MAD (mutually assured destruction) movie. Sums up nuclear insanity.
    Published 1 month ago by ACAR
    5.0 out of 5 stars good
    replace regular dvd great for its time
    Published 2 months ago by WLG
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get ripped off buying the U.S. version
    If you don't know what the movie is about, there are other sources and reviews, so I won't go into it here. Dr. Strangelove is 50 years old and the fun and message still holds up. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Norman M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
    I heard about this while watching one of Monty Python's Movie Previews, so I bought it and it's funny in a strange kinda way.
    Published 3 months ago by Daniel J. Grossi II
    5.0 out of 5 stars a true masterpiece.
    The HD transfer is phenomenal.

    This movie is truly Kubrick's magnum opus, and one of the best films ever made.
    Published 3 months ago by Marc Kelland
    5.0 out of 5 stars How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
    I am now involved with the cult following of this movie and I am not mad about it one bit. It's surprising that such an old movie can have such a lasting effect on comedy; I would... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by The Legacy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Every
    Even today this classic cold war film is guaranteed to make every thoughtful person laugh, and at the end of the movie to think their time in viewing was well spent.
    Published 4 months ago by Bill Marshall
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    is this in a regular bluray case
    is it still being sold in that beautiful book-like packaging or is it now a release with a regular case?
    Mar 19, 2010 by His Dudeness |  See all 3 posts
    I just watched this last night!
    Kubrick pushed cliches to the limit in this movie making it hilarious. I could say so much more.
    May 26, 2007 by Xanadu2 |  See all 6 posts
    What cover does the bluray have?
    It's the one with the blue background
    Jul 21, 2009 by Judas |  See all 2 posts
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