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Dr. Strangelove 1963

Stanley Kubrick's classic black comedy about a group of war-eager military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse is both funny and frightening - and seems as relevant today as ever. Through a series of military and political accidents, two psychotic generals - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chief of Staff "Buck" Turgidson (George C.

Starring:
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Supporting actors Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, Jack Creley, Frank Berry, Robert O'Neil, Glenn Beck, Roy Stephens, Shane Rimmer, Hal Galili, Paul Tamarin, Laurence Herder, Gordon Tanner, John McCarthy, Victor Harrington
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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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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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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Format: DVD
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Simply put, the film Dr Strangelove is a black comedy take on the end of the world through nuclear holocaust and it succeeds utterly. Its a hilarious film which manages to address important issues while still making you laugh your eyeballs out.Although there is a slow set up the film almost reaches climax about half way through and you are dragged into the hilarity of an all too human holocaust finale. The film is almost too funny and at times you find yourself laughing at the crazy fools behind the button when you should be shivering thinking 'there but for the grace of god go I..'.

A young Stanly Kubrick here practically tricks George C Scott into one of the best performances of his life, with a lovably over the top, school boy styled General/advisor. Peter Sellers is likewise made fantastic use of, here delivering not one good performance but three - The President of the US of A, a British flight commander in a doomed air force base and in the films titular role as the 'mad scientist', beautifully over the top Dr Strangelove himself. You can also catch Slim Pickens here in his film debut.
The DVD is a good one for extras as well. A good lengthed making of featurette and an Art of Stanly Kubrick featurette both go into great detail about the creative processes of the various departments on the film, from designing and creating the fictional 'war room' to the internal cockpit of a B52.Also included is an odd interview with Peter Sellers and George C Scott in character!
Many a military advisor would do well to watch this film and be reminded of the stupidity of war, never mind the mind blowing insanity of nuclear war. Although having said that, after Ronald Reagan was sworn in he was disappointed to hear that he couldn't be taken to the War Room because it doesn't actually exist.
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