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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Well worth the purpose if only to remind us of how close we came to war at the time
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 :)
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.
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!!!Read more ›
I'm writing this review for anyone wondering if this UK release version of the Blu-Ray disc works properly in Canada/USA Blu-ray players. I can tell you that it works perfectly, including all of the special features on the disc. Everything plays at 1080p from my Philips region A/1 player.
Peter Sellers was always a brilliant actor and comedian and this is one of his greatest multiple-role films. His untimely passing has left a vacancy that no one has been able to fill, although many have tried and failed.
This particular edition includes documentaries on the world behind the premise of a doomsday device, and the making of this film. From the original book (by another name) and the evolution of the story line. Lots of interesting information for classic black-comedy film buffs and fans.
This movie will never get "old." :)
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Great movie, however it has taken more than two months for the movie to be mailed to me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE THIS MOVIE TO DEATH...what else can I say...I adored Peter Sellers and have watched his career since my childhood...Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Besides the five star movie. The "making" documentary is worth the $10 price.Published 8 months ago by Brent Gillies
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