Dr. Strangelove [Criterion Collection]

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
6/28/16 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
1 hour, 35 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • Restored 4K Digital Transfer
  • Alternate 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
  • New Interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill, Archivist Richard Daniels, Cinematographer and Camera Innovator Joe Dunton, 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 Making 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
Number of Discs
2

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