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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Peter Sellers
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
, George C. Scott
George C. Scott
, Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayden
Stanley Kubrick

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have become (slightly) less timely. Loaded with thermonuclear weapons, a U.S. bomber piloted by Maj. T.J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens) is on a routine flight pattern near the Soviet Union when they receive orders to commence Wing Attack Plan R, best summarized by Maj. Kong as "Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!" On the ground at Burpleson Air Force Base, Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) notices nothing on the news about America being at war. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) calmly informs him that he gave the command to attack the Soviet Union because it was high time someone did something about fluoridation, which is sapping Americans' bodily fluids (and apparently has something to do with Ripper's sexual dysfunction). Meanwhile, President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) meets with his top Pentagon advisors, including super-hawk Gen. Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), who sees this as an opportunity to do something about Communism in general and Russians in particular. However, the ante is upped considerably when Soviet ambassador de Sadesky (Peter Bull) informs Muffley and his staff of the latest innovation in Soviet weapons technology: a "Doomsday Machine" that will destroy the entire world if the Russians are attacked.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2016
UPC: 0715515179515
Original Release: 1964
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 42

Special Features

Restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, in DTS-HD Master Audio; New Interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill; Archivist Richard Daniels; Cinematographer and Camera Innovator Joe Dunto; Camera Operator Kelvin Pike; and David George, son of Peter George, on whose novel Red Alert the film is based; Excerpts from a 1966 Audio Interview with Kubrick, Conducted by Physicist and Author Jeremy Bernstein; Four Short Documentaries, about the waking of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick; Interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott; Excerpt from a 1980 Interview with Sellers from NBC's Today Show; Trailers; Plus: An essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1994 article by Screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove,Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake,President Merkin Muffley
George C. Scott Gen. Buck Turgidson
Sterling Hayden Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn Col. Bat Guano
Slim Pickens Maj. T.J. "King" Kong
James Earl Jones Lt. Lothar Zogg
Peter Bull Ambassador de Sadesky
Tracy Reed Miss Scott
Jack Creley Mr. Staines
Frank Berry Lt. H.R. Dietrich, DSO
Glenn Beck Lt. W.D. Kivel
Shane Rimmer Capt. G.A. "Ace" Owens
Gordon Tanner Gen. Faceman
Robert O'Neil Adm. Randolph
Roy Stephens Frank
Laurence Herder Burpelson Defense Team Member
John McCarthy On Defense Team
Hal Galili Members of the Defense Team
Paul Tamarin Lt. B. Goldberg

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Richard Bird Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Bird Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Peter George Screenwriter
Anthony Harvey Editor
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
Victor Lyndon Associate Producer
Peter Murton Art Director
Kelvin Pike Camera Operator
Eric Rattray Asst. Director
Bridget Sellers Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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