Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
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Overview

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.
Theatrical Release Date 1964
Format DVD
Number of Discs 2
PG (MPAA)

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    2
  • Genre
    Comedies
  • Distributor
    Criterion Collection
  • Area
    United Kingdom
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    95
  • Picture
    B&W
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles
    Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region 1
    Note: Restored 4K Digital Transfer
    Alternate 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
    New Interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill, Archivist Richard Daniels, Cinematographer and Camera Innovator Joe Dunton, Camera Operator Kelvin Pike, and David George, Son of Peter George, on whose novel Red Alert the film is based
    Excerpts from a 1966 Audio Interview with Kubrick, Conducted by Physicist and Author Jeremy Bernstein
    Four Short Documentaries, about the Making Of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick
    Interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott
    Excerpt from a 1980 interview with Sellers from NBC's Today Show
    Trailers
    Plus: An Essay by Scholar David Bromwich and a 1994 article by Screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film

    Widescreen - 1.66
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Theatrical release: January 30, 1964.

    Filmed at Shepperton Studios, England.

    DR. STRANGELOVE was an original selection of the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.

    DR. STRANGELOVE is number 3 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies and number 26 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.

    The film begins with the following disclaimer: "It is the stated position of the U.S. Air Force that their safeguards would prevent the occurrence of such events as are depicted in this film. Furthermore, it should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this film are meant to represent any real persons living or dead."

    James Earl Jones makes his feature-film debut in DR. STRANGELOVE.

    The part of Major King Kong, played by Slim Pickens, was originally written for John Wayne, who turned the role down. Peter Sellers was then set to play the role, but due to an accident was unable to do so. Kubrick eventually chose Pickens because the two had worked together briefly on ONE EYED JACKS.

    The ending scene was originally going to contain a pie fight, but was considered too over the top by director Stanley Kubrick.
    "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)

    "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)

    "This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that."--President Muffley "Our source was the New York Times."--Ambassador de Sadesky

    "You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola Company."--Colonel Bat Guano (Keenan Wynn) to Mandrake
  • Release Date
    06/28/16
  • Theatrical Release
    1964
  • Rating
    PG (MPAA)
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    60 Day(s)

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