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Dr. Strangelove [1963] [VHS]

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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: VHS
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,036 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 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, to give it its full title, 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 scientist 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's 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,

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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50 of 55 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Kubrick's follow up to Lolita is perhaps the greatest comedy ever made.

Originally to be a serious drama it soon dawned on Kubrick that a seriously black comedy could be honed out of such dark material and that the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) was exactly that and it could not be taken seriously by anyone with an ounce of intelligence. So the basis of Dr Strangelove was decided and what a film was eventually made.

Commander Ripper, suffering from a particular male problem in the bedroom if you understand me, sends his entire fleet of B52 bombers to bomb Russia who he blames for his "problem". When the authorities become aware of this they realise they have only an hour or two to recall the planes or there will be worldwide thermonuclear war. Not the obvious basis for a comedy you might think.

The principal action essentially takes place in three locations. The Bomber Command Base, on-board one of the bombers, and in the United Stes Presidents War Room. Sterling Hayden plays Commander Ripper with so much conviction that you almost feel sympathy for the man. Slim Pikins plays the Bomber pilot apparently defending his county and the ever wonderful Peter Sellers plays The US President, a British exchange officer on the B52 base and the mysterious and chilling wheelchair bound Dr Strangelove of the title.

Shot in glorious black and white with a documentary feel, Strangelove feels almost too real in its depiction of mad generals, ineffective politicians and how common sense can become lost in the fog of war. Serious and frightening points are driven home so hard by the use of comedy that even the military have come to regard Strangelove as a warning for the future.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Chandler 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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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Remus on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
You'll have to read the product description for all the extras and subtitled languages - what interests me is the film itself.

To say the film is perfect would be stretching the truth a little. The trouble (as viewers of the various DVD editions will know) is that Dr Strangelove was not filmed in a consistent aspect ratio, so every subsequent editor has to decide how to combine the full frame shots (1.33:1) with the matte in camera shots (1.66:1). To me it seems obvious that the open matte scenes were meant to be cropped to match the rest, but obvious is not a term usually associated with Kubrick. Nevertheless the makers of the blu-ray have done just this, presenting the entire film in 1.66:1. This results in thin vertical black lines either side of the picture when viewed on a 16:9 television, or an equal-sized border when viewed on a 1920x1200 monitor.

In my opinion this is a better solution than the mixed format of all the DVD releases. Besides which, this is how the film was originally seen in cinemas - at least in Europe; in the US it was apparently projected in 1.85:1. However, various sources (mostly tied with the mixed-aspect ratio LaserDisc and DVD releases) assert that Kubrick actually intended the film be projected in mixed format.

Then there is the matter of picture quality. Kubrick sometimes seemed to go out of his way to find grainy film stock, but in this case it was probably justified as the entire film is shot at night (even on the bomber flying over Russia). What this means, however, is that the blu-ray is not the dramatic improvement over DVD that is seen in other films. But I think this is as good as it gets.
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