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Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
Sellers, Peter, 1925-1980.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Video, 1998.

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) ; sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A satire in which the President and his military advisors struggle ineptly to avert a holocaust after a psychotic Air Force general launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.
General Note:
For specific features see interactive menu.

A videodisc release of the 1963 motion picture by Columbia Pictures.

Based on the book "Red Alert" by Peter George.

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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

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Library Journal Review

Criterion is on a Columbia Pictures streak. On the heels of releases of Easy Rider, Gilda, In Cold Blood, and Only Angels Have Wings, several more of the seasoned Hollywood studio's catalog are getting deluxe upgrades. Relying on the versatile Peter Sellers in three roles, including the titular ex-Nazi, Dr. Strangelove (1964) delivers a darkly brilliant satire of nuclear warfare premised on mutually assured destruction. In a fantastical screwball comedy, Mr. Jordan (1941) tells the tale of a baffled boxer (Robert Montgomery) who dies in a plane crash only to learn that he has gone to heaven too soon, with the amenable pearly gatekeeper (Claude Rains) helping to make amends. In a solid if overrated film noir, Humphrey Bogart shines in Lonely Place (1950) as a volatile screenwriter suspected of murder who depends on the love of an increasingly skeptical woman (Gloria Grahame) for redemption. VERDICT Better looking than ever, and more understood thanks to informative extras, this disparate trio-with Strangelove the clear standout-are recommended for classic-movie fans.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.