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Dr. Strangelove: 45th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , Stanley Kubrick    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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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 U.S. 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'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

Special Features

This second DVD edition of Stanley Kubrick's film is anchored by two new documentaries. The 15-minute look at the early Kubrick is rushed and covers no new ground for fans. The 45-minute "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove" is more insightful despite having only a few players still alive in 2000 to talk about the production (including Kubrick's partner James B. Harris and actor James Earl Jones). The featurette does a good job of chronicling how a thriller about the end of the world became a comedy. Some publicity material has been added, including posters, the trippy trailer, and some oddly comical "fake" interviews with the two leads. --Doug Thomas


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant, and not boring at all... Jan. 7 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" is an old movie that tackles a difficult subject, the end of the world as we know it due to a nuclear war. Despite that, it is simply brilliant, and not boring at all.

Why? Well, there are different reasons to say that, but I think I'll point out only those that I deem more important:

1- To start with, even though this film was made in 1964, director Stanley Kubrick managed to create a timeless masterpiece that depicts, in a sardonic way, the dangers of nuclear war. The message of this movie still comes across as valid, albeit nowadays for different reasons.

2- Secondly, even though the subject is undeniably serious, this movie is a black comedy that makes you laugh. If that is difficult to believe, take into account that the plot involves a crazy general (Sterling Hayden) that sidesteps the chain of command in order to launch a nuclear airstrike on the URSS, something his aide (Captain Mandrake, played by Peter Sellers), the President (played by Peter Sellers!!) and many of his advisors (including Dr. Strangelove, a scientist also played by Peter Sellers) try to stop. But will that be possible? And what about the Soviet "Doomsday Machine", that will be triggered automatically by any nuclear attack on Soviet soil?

All in all, I think this is the kind of movie you simply must watch. Highly recommended :)

Belen Alcat
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh for the days of the Cold War! June 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Every ideology that seems terribly important to one generation usually ends up seeming idiotic and even disturbingly naive to the following generation.
Think about it. The ideologies of the 18th century - dying for one's prince, duke or loot - seemed insane during the Napoleonic Wars, when nationalism became THE primary motivating factor.
"Pure" nationalism - like the extreme gung-ho attitudes at the beginning of World War I - seemed rather distasteful to the Allied forces in World War II, who fought to liberate peoples from Fascism.
The idea that Fascism would always endure, and was seriously in danger of taking over the world, seemed laughable during the Cold War.
How does the Cold War look to us today? The McCarthy era; Americans truly believing the USSR and the Communists were veritable Antichrists; truly believing that DESTROYING ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET was a feasible prediction about life in the near future; that the world was, always had been, and always would be, characterised by a fight between Communists and Capitalists.
*Sigh*
Dr Strangelove (or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb) is actually MORE funny - and disturbing - in some ways now than it was before. Admittedly I can sort of understand the immense impact of this film - could ANY politial satire have been more timely - but the fact that the "better red than dead" ideology nowadays seems as ridiculous as fighting for your Duke, means that this film can be seen in a new light.
People actually believed that is was better to be dead than Red? (Yes they did). People actually believed fluoridation of water was a communist conspiracy??? (Yes, they did). The Russians actually contemplated building a Doomsday device? (Yes they did!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace is our profession Nov. 7 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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).

The DVD (special edition) is worth purchasing even if you have earlier versions. There are also later editions with a different mix of goodies. 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 on the special edition.

Dame Vera Lynn "We'll Meet Again" (1942)

We'll Meet Again

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when,

But I know

We'll meet again

Some sunny day.

Keep smiling through

Just like you

Always do

Till the blue skies

Drive the dark clouds

Far away.

So will you please

Say hello

To the folks

That I know

Tell them,

I won't be long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace is our profession July 9 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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).

The DVD (special edition) is worth purchasing even if you have earlier versions. There are also later editions with a different mix of goodies. 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 on the special edition.

Dame Vera Lynn "We'll Meet Again" (1942)

We'll Meet Again

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when,

But I know

We'll meet again

Some sunny day.

Keep smiling through

Just like you

Always do

Till the blue skies

Drive the dark clouds

Far away.

So will you please

Say hello

To the folks

That I know

Tell them,

I won't be long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie! A Classic
Published 2 months ago by J. Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars DR. STRANGELOVE (BLU-RAY BOOK) LACKS THEATRICAL TRAILER
One great film I've had in my collection since it came out on VHS tape.
BUT, why did Sony/Columbia leave off the Theatrical Trailer that was on the 2-Disc DVD 40th Anniversary... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eddy B
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
What would be the point in attempting to add to the millions of words already written about this film. It's a classic and it's brilliant.
Published 7 months ago by D. Marois
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it! LOL
The end of the world is not a funny prospect, but Dr. Strangelove helps to point out the idiocy of those in power and to make you laugh at how stupid they can be. Read more
Published 18 months ago by 1/2DHsquared
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star movie, 3 Star Blu-Ray
This is one of the best movies of all time. I was disappointed with the picture quality on the blu-ray, though. I was expecting it to be much better. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2011 by shedberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
This vendor supplied a reasonably priced product delivered on time and in great shape. I would purchase from them anytime!
Published on Sept. 16 2010 by Beth Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film on its own - mediocre bonus DVD
This film is still amazingly relevant today, even 44 years after its release and as a result it would be a travesty not to give it 5 stars - it is the bonus DVD that falls a bit... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2008 by Neil Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars It's BLAST OFF for the Neurotic Age
A byproduct of the cold war is that it provided Hollywood with enough fodder to celebrate espionage in a string of political thrillers. Read more
Published on March 5 2005 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 5
This movie has a ton of reviews and I probably cannot add anything of significance to what has already been written. Just want to add my voice with this simple comment. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2004 by Kilgore
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