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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: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Hindi, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZG7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated black comedy starring Peter Sellers and Sterling Hayden. When lunatic General Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) launches a nuclear attack on Russia, President Merkin Muffley of the United States (Sellers) consults his advisors, among them the wheelchair-bound, ex-Nazi scientist Dr Strangelove (also Sellers). Meanwhile, British officer Captain Mandrake (Sellers again) attempts to cancel the unplanned attack. George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, James Earl Jones and Slim Pickens all co-star.


Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the US president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about "acceptable losses." With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens' character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best. --Jeff Shannon, --This text refers to another version of this video.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Anderson on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A classic black comedy from Stanley Kubrick in high definition. Great film, as you probably know already. The transfer has some grain, which is normal for this film was shot in black and white in 1963. Some may complain that the original multi aspect ratio previously available was not used. I am not complaining, as I think the 16X9 look doesn't lose much info, and it looks and sounds great.

I might add that I live in the States, but got this version as the U.S. version is housed in that damn Digi-book thing that Warner has been using a lot for classic films. Some may like it, but, not me. They get dusty, banged up, and the book has pretty useless info that any fan that's buying this film probably knows already. It's mostly pictures. Notice that after a time, Warner is reissuing most of these in a non Digi-book version. I bought North by Northwest from the U.K. for the same reason.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on 4 May 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is one of the most biting and hard-hitting commentaries about the U.S.-Soviet arms race, overdependence on technology, the can-do philosophy of the Air Force, and the sheer lunacy of MAD, the apt acronym for the term Mutual Assured Destruction -- which was the Cold War diplo-speak that meant "you nuke our country, we'll nuke yours."
Normally one wouldn't think the possibility of nuclear annihilation would be the wellspring for a comedy, just as most people today wouldn't think the Holocaust is fodder for satire. Yet when Stanley Kubrick set out to do a straightforward dramatic film based on novelist Peter George's "Red Alert," a novel about an "accidental" nuclear attack on the Soviet Union by the United States, the more research and contemplation the director and co-screenwriter did on the subject of nuclear deterrence and all the nitty gritty of nuclear warfare, the more insane the whole theme seemed. So Kubrick -- no doubt aware that a similarly themed film (Fail-Safe) was underway -- gave in to his impulses and switched gears from drama to "dark" comedy.
Kubrick sets the tone right from the main title sequence. As the credits (and you have to see these yourself) roll, we see footage of a B-52 Stratofortress being refueled by a KC-135A aerial tanker. In the background, the very romantic strains of "Try a Little Tenderness" gives this aerial ballet an almost grotesque ironic counterpoint. Love music? In a scene depicting a nuclear bomber being refueled as it heads toward its fail-safe point?
Things get going, though, when Royal Air Force liaison officer Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) gets an unexpected phone call from Burpleson AFB's B-52 wing commander, Gen. Jack D.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2005
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You might think that this powerful, indeed blood-chilling satirical vision of the insanity of nuclear brinkmanship would be redundant in the post-cold war era. On the contrary, the world of Bush and Rumsfeld fits very comfortably in the fabric of Kubrik's realpolitik. Bush might lack President Muffley's diffidence in the face of doomsday scenario's, but perhaps the gung-ho Texan bomber pilot Major Kong was cast with a foresight none of us could have predicted, 40 years ahead of his time!
This is a masterpiece, played without a false note by a truly memorable cast of characters portrayed straight(ish) by one of the finest acting ensembles I can recall seeing in any movie. Sellers is great, of course, but so are George C Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, and (my own personal favourite) Sterling Hayden as Gen Ripper, among other gems.
The fact that substantial portions of screenplay are improvised and changes to the plot (including Slim Pickens's bareback ride on the WMD targeted on a Russian ICBM base) continued right up to the last minute is remarkable since the whole film is executed with frightening precision. Every speech and considered analysis of the realities of MAD strategy like a fresh move on the chessboard planned five moves in advance, yet the very random and unpredictable behaviour of the human being (in this case Gen Jack D Ripper) and machine throw the whole system into total chaos... and that is as true today as it has ever been!
As for the Sellers factor, this is probably not his greatest performance(s) - that privelege must surely go to Being There - but he carries off three enthralling characters with a totally instinctive and bravura acting that you could not doubt for a moment his genius.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
For those that have not seen the movie, which is highly unlikely, this is an improbable situation where a base commander is in the position to order an attack on Russia. Originally supposed to be a serious movie based on the book "Red Alert" by Peter Bryant (really Peter George). Now converted into a black comedy with many great stars including Peter Sellers as there of the characters. (It would have been four characters if he has not broken a leg).
This DVD (special edition) is worth purchasing even if you have earlier versions. Many DVD's contain what they call extras (I call them Goodies). In a lot of cases they are just rehashed versions of the movie or just rattling. In this case the extra "Inside the Making of DR.STRAINGLOVE" rivals the movie itself for entertainment and useful content. You find out how the movie evolved from a serious piece to a serious black comedy. You find that the movie is an aggregate of many talented people. It would take too log to describe the details that motivated the movie so you will just have to purchase this edition.
There is also a trailer for "Fail Safe" a rival movie...
One part I found interesting was when the Air crew was examining their survival kit. Slim Pickens says a person can have a good time in Dallas with the kit. This is over dubbed by Las Vegas as a result of JFK just being shot in Dallas.
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