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Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition) (1964)

Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , David Naylor , Stanley Kubrick  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
  • Directors: David Naylor, Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Lee Pfeiffer, Peter George, Robert Fleck, Terry Southern
  • Producers: David Naylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (804 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y0X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Because this movie was originally shot using various aspect ratios, the proportions of the screen image will change periodically throughout the movie. This transfer (with its changing aspect ratio) was approved by director Stanley Kubrick himself
  • Featurette: "The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove"
  • Documentary: "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove"
  • Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
  • Original advertising Gallery
  • Talent Files (Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens and James Earl Jones)

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Product Description

Psychotic Air Force General unleashes ingenious foolproof and irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia. U.S. President works with Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world.

Additional Features

This second DVD edition of Stanley Kubrick's film is anchored by two new documentaries. The 15-minute look at the early Kubrick is rushed and covers no new ground for fans. The 45-minute "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove" is more insightful despite having only a few players still alive in 2000 to talk about the production (including Kubrick's partner James B. Harris and actor James Earl Jones). The featurette does a good job of chronicling how a thriller about the end of the world became a comedy. Some publicity material has been added, including posters, the trippy trailer, and some oddly comical "fake" interviews with the two leads. --Doug Thomas

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629 of 672 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspect-Ratio Madness! October 31, 2007
Regarding the review cited as the "most helpful critical review," in which the main criticism is that the aspect-ratio of this DVD is 1.66 throughout instead of "variable" (some shots 1.33, some 1.66), I'd like to put to rest the unfortunate idea that Kubrick ever intended this film to be seen with a "variable aspect ratio."
Yes, the film was photographed that way; but no, it was not meant to be seen that way. Let me explain:
"Variable aspect-ratio" seems to be a term invented to market an early DVD release of "Dr. Strangelove." The term has no meaning in the film industry because no film has ever been released that way (except for that misguided "Strangelove" DVD -- a mistake which has now been corrected).
Most of "Dr. Stangelove" was photographed with no matte in the camera, thus exposing the entire 1.33 film frame. Many shots, however, were filmed with a 1.66 matte, reflecting Kubrick's intention to release the film to theaters in 1.66. Therefore, if you transfer this movie to tape using an unmatted film element, and you take the whole 1.33 frame for every shot, the aspect ratio will vary between 1.33 (shots filmed with no matte in the camera) and 1.66 (shots filmed with a 1.66 matte). But it seems self-evident that this is not the way any movie was ever intended to be seen, with the shape of the frame randomly bouncing around from shot to shot for no reason.
So why shoot it that way? Because Kubrick (and his cameraman) knew that one of two methods would be employed to ensure the aspect ratio of the theatrical presentation: either the theatrical printing negative, and therefore every release print sent to theaters, would have the 1.66 matte printed-in from start to finish, or each print would be shipped with written instructions for the projectionist to put a 1.
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419 of 478 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A black comic masterpiece. A vast monumental farce. August 11, 2001
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...Kubrik masterminded Dr. Strangelove, loosely basing the movie upon the book "Red Alert" (the book is a completely serious Cold War nuclear war scenario, but Strangelove is a complete and total farce). "Strangelove" came out a year or two after the Cuban October missile crisis, a year after US President John Kennedy was assassinated as well as 2 other contemporaneous films, the brilliant and paranoid "The Manchurian Candidate" and the serious treatment of the same book, "Fail Safe."
Kubrik originally set out to do a serious treatment of the book. But Kubrik found as he tried to develop the screenplay that he kept running into scenes that he ended up writing as satire. Recognizing the challenge, Kubrik enlisted the talents of one of the best comedic screenwriters in Hollywood, Terry Southern, to do the screenplay.
Casting the film was part genius and part hit-and-miss happy accident. ... Somehow Slim Pickens' name came up and Pickens accepted the role of the B-52 bomber pilot. Even more ironic yet, Slim Pickens was more conservative than Dan Blocker, but Pickens never caught on during the film's production that Dr. Strangelove was a comedy, much less a satire and a farce unsympathetic to the official propaganda of the cold war.
In of itself, it was a comic master stroke telling Pickens play the role seriously. Pickens was apparently no great wit, so Kubrik was able to keep Pickens completely unaware that Pickens was actually playing in a comedy, not a serious war movie (one can only assume that the humor of the situation was not lost on the other cast members, including James Earl Jones who played Capt. Kong's bombardier.. "Don't tell Slim this is all a big joke, we have to let him think this is a real war movie." ).
Other than Peter Sellers' roles, George C.
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94 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop worrying and love this movie January 23, 2001
Could a sane man initiate global mass-destruction? Can any political system that would destroy all life on earth as it valediction claim the moral high ground, now that we've entered a murder-suicide pact so absolute it even involves all future generations of life on earth? Liberalism, conservatism, capitalism, communism- they all become moot in the face of extinction.
So we have "Dr. Strangelove," the movie that dares point out how our drive to destroy ourselves just might be some sort of twisted outgrowth of our libido. Hardly a moment goes by in this film without sexual text or context. Even the two bombs in the B-52 (named by its crew, "Leper Colony") are scribbled with what were then considered come-on lines. Deranged Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) has sent his air wing into the Soviet Union because he felt a "loss of essence" during the "physical act of love," and is certain this is caused by flouridated water.
Peter Sellars plays three roles, wimpy President Muffley, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and the title character, the bizarre, wheelchair-bound not-so-former Nazi advisor to the President. The awesome George C. Scott turns in a marvelous performance as Gen. Buck Turgidson, who has difficulty hiding his enthusiasm for Ripper's plan.
But the revelation here is Hayden (veteran of many a manly role), playing a character so concerned with losing his virility, he sets the world on course for an explosive and very final climax. Hayden's performance is a masterpiece of subtle derangement- no drooling or chewing the scenary. Watch for Sellar's reaction when he realizes Hayden's burly, muscular symbol of American power, in his medal-bejeweled Air Force uniform, is completely, irretrievably round the bend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie of the 1960s
I didn't see it when it came out but was aware of the hoopla. Seeing it 50 years later it is one of the worst movies ever made. Read more
Published 8 days ago by DanC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you for this fantastic DVD
Published 8 days ago by Ron B
5.0 out of 5 stars Suggestions for those who like me love this movie
The first would be to find and watch the movie Fail Safe a more serious but equally scary treatment of this scenario. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Glen R
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
It's a quirky tale, mildly amusing. Peter Sellers does a fine job.
Published 11 days ago by Eric Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say, Slim Pickens rules
Published 17 days ago by Linda Thurston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still a good movie. Awesome cast!
Published 19 days ago by Carl E. Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent performance by all,especially Peter Sellers. Fantastic ending.
Published 21 days ago by George F. Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't avert my eyes - like a slow-motion train wreck
This movie is timeless. Bizarrely engrossing and hilarious. Somehow like watching a slow-motion train wreck, I can't take my eyes off it, and I laugh about it for weeks... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Michael E. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 26 days ago by Kim H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the funniest movies ever made. A Classic.
Published 1 month ago by ibsharkbait
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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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