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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (40th Anniversary Special Edition) (1964)

Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , Stanley Kubrick  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (821 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, Terry Southern
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Leon Minoff, Victor Lyndon
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (821 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XNSY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,327 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 (40th Anniversary Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "No Fighting in the War Room or: Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat": new documentary including interviews with Bob Woodward, Robert McNamara, Roger Ebert, and Spike Lee
  • "Best Sellers: Peter Sellers Remembered"
  • Interview with Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense under President Johnson
  • Collectible scrapbook with original production photos and an essay written by Roger Ebert
  • 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"
  • Featurette: "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)

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

It's not a record, but this is Dr. Strangelove's third DVD release in five years. This 40th anniversary edition adds another disc, keeping the extra content of the previous editions while adding three new segments, but not much of interest (especially for Kubrick fans). The most significant contribution is from former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, channeling his work from The Fog of War. The movie boasts a newly created 5.1 DTS track that is very invigorating but not needed for a movie recorded in mono with minimal sound. The excellent picture presentation is same as on an earlier disc. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Kubrick's black comedy focuses on an American president, played by Sellers in one of his three roles, who must contend with a Soviet nuclear attack on the United States and his own maniacal staff, including Scott's memorable General Turgidson.

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604 of 643 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aspect-Ratio Madness! October 31, 2007
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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).
Much 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 in the camera, 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 the theatrical printing negative, and therefore every release print sent to theaters, would have the 1.66 matte printed-in from start to finish, making the entire film 1.66 for theatrical presentation.
Is it possible Kubrick shot it "variable" so that the eventual 1.33 DVD release could have a meandering frame-line?
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415 of 473 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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90 of 102 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie
Best Movie ever... Also the best movie of Peter Sellers, humour with political issues of Cold War, that even today we can see... Don't miss this movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Strangelove
I have been itching to see this film when it came up on Netflix Instant I watched it and found it funny in some parts. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jose Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kubrick's best films and I have seen them all!
Watch George C. Scott's face in this movie. He is the star, not Sellers. You really need to see this!
Published 4 days ago by elgatonegro
5.0 out of 5 stars PARODY AT ITS BEST
Peter Sellers does a remarkable and very skillful bit of acting in playing diverse roles in this comedy about what in truth is a very serious subject. Read more
Published 8 days ago by David Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest movies of all time
Seriously, it makes Citizen Kane look like Meed the Deedles. Peter Sellers is the greatest actor to have ever lived. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Rohdentkill
5.0 out of 5 stars What superlatives suffice?
50 years later and still a masterpiece. I showed it to my university graduate students and staff at a special presentation in a new auditorium. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Rienzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it!
one of the best movies ever made! so worth it! I think everyone needs to watch this film, but don't take it too seriously...
Published 16 days ago by Momo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic for all ages, Peter Sellers is awesome in his Roles, the writing is witty and clever of all to enjoy
Published 23 days ago by Michael L Tiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Movie Right Now
It's a Stanley Kubrick film. It's an important film. It's Peter Sellers at his most incisive comic portrayals yet. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Michael E. Nader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
One of Peter Sellers' best performances, I watch this occasionally just to laugh. It seems the thesis for the film is still relevant today.
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