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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [DVD] [Special Edition]

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  • DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB is Stanley Kubrick's Cold War masterpiece. Based on the novel RED ALERT by Peter George, the film is set at the height of the tensions between Russia and the United States, when all it would take to destroy the world was one push of a button. And General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is just the man to do it.

    Convinced that the Russians have infiltrated America's "vital essence," the crazed Ripper gives the go code to the 843rd bomb wing to attack Russia, setting in motion a series of darkly hilarious vignettes involving gung-ho soldiers, wacky generals, spying Russians, drunken premiers, battles with soda machines, fights in the War Room, and the Russians' top-secret Doomsday Machine. Shot in black and white, the film has three main centers of action: one of the B-52 bombers, on which a group of loyal men know they are about to start World War III; Burpelson Air Force Base, where Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) is trying to convince everyone that Ripper has gone mad and the bombing must be stopped; and the War Room, where President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) is trying to make peace with the Russians. The finale featuring Sellers as Dr. Strangelove is a comic gem. Hayden, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, and Sellers (in three roles) are especially terrific in what may be the funniest, most poignant black comedy ever made, a vicious satire on the farcical aspects of the military and the cold war.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06187

  • Credits
    Peter Sellers, Richard Henry Sellers, George C. Scott, George Campbell Scott, Sterling Hayden, John Hamilton, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Keenan Wynn, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, Jack Creley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A supremely scary classic....If DR. STRANGELOVE is the most warmly remembered of cold war artifacts, thank its pitch-black humor..." -- Critic's Choice
    New York Times

    "...DR. STRANGELOVE is filled with great comic performances....Arguably the best political satire of the century..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...The film, of course, hasn't lost a thing, starting with three exceptional performances by Peter Sellers and another by underrated Sterling Hayden..."
    USA Today

    "...A movie that shocked the world into a new death-rattle irony..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "The blackest satire on the madness of war has grown more apt over time."
    Rolling Stone

    "Kubrick's atomic-powered black comedy, scripted to perfection by Terry Southern."
    Uncut

    "Despite the despairing theme, it's still among the funniest films ever made -- and, in his three roles, Peter Sellers delivers several classic speeches that will live forever..."
    Empire

    "Stanley Kubrick's quintessential Cold War Comedy is also one of the savvier movies, period, about politics in the postnuclear era."
    Wall Street Journal

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