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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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  • One miniature bible and Russian phrase book!
    Awesome movie full of classic one liners. Great acting performances and a young James Earl Jones! Slim Pickens is hilarious! Highly recommended...more info
  • Sir Adam's Micro Review: Dr Strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
    Peter Sellers and crew are at their best in Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove. Though the subject is serious, it never lacks in laughs. Rewatch Factor 5 stars...more info
  • Embrace the Horror!
    Does the end of the world scare you? Do you stay awake at night wondering when those madmen will finally really do it? Does the idea of a mushroom cloud strike terror in your heart?

    Then you my friend need to sit down and watch Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. This entertaining and educational(dare I say edutaining?) film shows you what would really happen if a United States Air Force Commander ignored the requirement for Presidential authorization and simply attacked the Soviet Union on his own initiative. All the safeguards that are put in place to prevent such an action come crashing down and conspire against those racing to prevent nuclear armageddon.

    See fighting in the war room! Learn about the big board! Find out the truth about fluoride! See the dedication of US military servicemen in the face of illogical orders and impossible odds! Discover the secret of Dr. Strangelove!

    If you don't see this film, you won't just have to answer to me and the United States Government, but also to the Coca-Cola Corporation....more info
  • Watch This Movie and Sleep Better At Night
    This movie offers the best tongue and cheek commentary on the absurdities of war. I am sure this movie has been heavily "borrowed" from by Hollywood. The "Survival Kit Content Check" scene reminded me alot about the more recent "duct tape your windows" survival tactics. If you believe that the end of the world will come in a flash of light, this movie will validate you.

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  • "Gentlemen, You Can't Fight In Here, This Is The War Room!"
    "In the days after it first opened in early 1964, Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" took on the enchanted aura of a film that had gotten away with something. Johnson was in the White House, the Republicans were grooming Goldwater, both sides took the Cold War with grim solemnity, and the world was learning to be comfortable with the term "nuclear deterrent." Roger Ebert

    I purchased the 40th Anniversary CD and this is my third or forth viewing, but "Dr. Strangelove" seems fresh and undated - an irreverant satire. The willingness of the Director to follow the film to its conclusion - nuclear annihilation - has that special touch Its black and white photography is in particular important for its portrayal.

    General Ripper orders the B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. When the British military attache, Peter Sellers, tries to stop him, Ripper explains the plot to "taint our water supply and deplete our "precious bodily fluids." He won't even discuss the re-call code. Eventually, he realizes he will be caught and he ends his game. Events on the Army Base are mixed with the War Room in the Pentagon. President Muffley learns from Dr Strangelove and the Doomsday Machine. It appears that neither the Doomsday Machine nor one of the U.S. bombers can be turned from their missions.

    "The movie's screenplay, by Terry Southern turn this scenario into a dark comedy of errors, illuminated by flashes of brilliant satire. Some of the dialogue has entered the language - "precious bodily fluids," of course, and also the way the dim-witted Col. Bat Guano (Keenan Wynn) hints darkly of Commie "preverts." The scene at the telephone booth between Guano and the British attache, who does not have the correct small change to call the White House and save the world, is one of the movie's best-constructed gags." Roger Ebert

    The acting in this film is superb, in fact it would be very difficult to top this crew. Sterling Hayden is the epitome of a paranoiac Gen. Ripper. George C. Scott, however, steals the movie and is brilliant as, Gen. Buck Turgidson, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And Peter Sellers, as President, as Dr Strangelove and RAF Group Captain Mandrake h portrays the epitome of humor, satire and acting. Maj. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens), is perfect in the role of the pilot. His exit from the movie, riding a bomb like a bronco, remains one of the most famous moments in modern film, and is my favorite scene from the movie.

    "When you consider the history of motion pictures, certain watershed films leap to min. Without a doubt, one of those is Stanley Kubrik's 1964 masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove. As political satire, few movies -- even those as incisive as the hilariously vicious 1992 release Bob Roberts -- come close to this level of accomplishment. In the case of Dr. Strangelove, the barbs and quips (both subtle and obvious) hold up as well today as they did thirty years ago." Bosley Crowther

    This film shows that it is possible to laugh and to laugh continuously at a shocker of a film that is filled with satire. It is only when Slim Pickens is riding the bomb do we realizae that this could be real. There But For The Grace Of God, Go We.

    Highly, Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-0507

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  • A classic
    I absolutely loved this movie. It is a dark satire on the Cold War/nuclear war paranoia the United States had and the whole "red scare". If you understand that this is a political satire, then you will find this movie hilarious. It is a classic. You can see it referenced or alluded to in many popular movies and books today. Many presidents even saw the movie and have used it as an odd reference point. This is a great addition to anyone's DVD collection but history buffs would especially love it. ...more info
  • Still Very Funny
    I was looking for another dvd when I found this one again. I saw this film as a kid and it was funny. I am always picking up old movies for my library so I said why not get it. I am so glad I did because world events over the years have made this film hilarious. I am not a critic, just a regular guy, but I recommend this film for most age groups....more info
  • One of the best comedy movies ever made
    What could I say about Dr. Strangelove that hasn't already been said? If you haven't seen it and love intelligent comedy, see it. If you saw it and liked it, see it again. You won't regret it....more info
  • To love the bomb
    This film is excelent, the nuclear atomic problem sice a sarcastic point of view is a very good way to let the people know what shoul happen in human or not human error happen on the security systems....more info
  • Classic Film
    Though played seriously, this is one of the funniest movies ever made. And, what's more, a funny movie about 'the' dark theme of our times - atomic/nuclear war.

    Classic, funny lines throughout. First-rate performances from all, especially Peter Sellers (my favorite of his three roles is the president...), and George C. Scott.

    Buy and watch this film!...more info
  • Mostly Perfect Trade
    Dr. Strangelove is a kick to watch if the style suits you. Littered with black humor and satire dated to the early cold war days, this movie will provide as much comedy as it will history.

    Do not expect the flashy humor in todays comedies but a more subtle poke at the dark aspects of society and humanity.

    The only problem I had with any aspect of the purchase was a small crack in the clear protective plastic which protects the cover.

    A good buy for movie know-it-alls and aficionados. ...more info
  • It's kind of like Catch-22, except not funny
    There is nothing worse, when it comes to comedy, than blatant satire; YOU CAN'T FIGHT IN HERE, THIS IS THE WAR ROOM.

    Wow, hilarious, because it's a room where they talk about wars, where fighting goes on.

    Kubrick made a few masterpieces, and a few mediocre films, this is his one complete and total bomb....more info
  • One of the worst films I have ever seen.
    Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

    I've always found it somewhat amusing that when it comes to Stanley Kubrick's movies, I dovetail almost exactly with everyone else I know. If you ask Kubrick fans what their favorite Kubrick films are, you will get the almost universal answer of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. I finally saw the former all the way through for the first time a couple of months ago, and it was just as bad as I figured it would be from the pieces I'd seen. Now, I've seen the latter, which I again assumed would be terrible based on what I'd seen of it; unlike 2001, though, in this case I'd actually underestimated how thoroughly horrible this movie is. (And, for the record, of the Kubrick movies I've seen-- I'm still missing a few-- my two favorites are, by far, The Killing and Lolita.)

    Critics back when it came out, of course, immediately compared it to Fail-Safe, the other 1964 film about the War Room. It was inevitable, really. The main difference between the two films is that Fail-Safe plays it straight and goes for tension, while Dr. Strangelove goes for satire. The biggest problem is that the satire just isn't funny. It's the same tired old antiwar message crap we've heard a million times before. There's no thought given to characters or plot at all; it all exists for the sole purpose of poking fun at anyone who's not a hard-line antiwar activist. (Reportedly, Peter George, upon whose novel the film is based, despised it-- probably for that reason.) There is no attempt at subtlety here, no attempt at artistry. There are many attempts at humor; all of them fail. Now, I grant you, they might actually be hilarious, but I couldn't tell; I was too busy reeling from getting hit in the head with the antiwar hammer over and over again.

    This is the big difference between the infinitely superior Fail-Safe and this pile of garbage; Fail-Safe actually hands the viewer a worthwhile story, characters for whom the viewer is capable of feeling sympathy/antipathy, plot development, the works. In other words, it's actually a movie rather than a collection of unfunny jokes around a theme. Dr. Strangelove is, in no uncertain terms, one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of sitting all the way through. It may not be the worst, but it's certainly in the top five. (zero)

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  • A true masterpiece
    This movie is a true masterpiece. I don't understand anyone that gives it less than 4 stars. I've watched this movie at least 6 times and I get something new out of it every single time. And, by the way, I usually hate watching any movie more than once. George C. Scott and Peter Sellers are dynamite, as is the rest of the cast. Definitely one of the 10 best movies of all time....more info
  • Peter Sellers heads up a great cast
    Peter Sellers heads up a great cast in a very funny movie. Worth having in your Peter Sellers collection!...more info
  • CRAZY GENERAL
    I HAD NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE SINCE IT OPENED IN THE THEATERS. THE IMPRESSION YOU HAD WAS THAT DR STRANGELOVE (ala EDWARD TELLER) WAS THE PRIMARY CHARACTER AND RODE THE BOMB AT THE END. IN REALITY DR STRANGELOVE (A MAD WEAPONS SCIENTIST; THAT MAY BE REDUNDANT)WAS A MINOR CHARACTER. IN MY VIEW THE MAIN CHARACTER WAS THE GENERAL (ALA CURTIS LEMAY) PLAYED BY GEORGE SCOTT. HIS BLIND SPOUTING OF FUNDAMENTAL MILITARY THEORY, UNTOUCHED BY REALITY, IS MORE THAN WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION....more info
  • The Dr. of entertainment
    You must have a good understanding of humor and satire to watch this movie. Kubrick is very delicate with the material and satire, not as discreet as American Psycho or as openly funny as American Beauty, but this movie has a dark bite to it that can keep you laughing on 4th, 5th, and 6th viewings. I am currently getting ready for sevenths. This film has 2 great reasons to admire Peter Sellers, a couple of great reasons to applaud the serious Slim Pickens and of course the marvelous George C Scott. This is a movie that only gets better with age and launched a new face for comedy. A must buy for a lover of film, comedy, and war....more info
  • A masterpiece!
    This is possibly one of the best of Kubrick's works. Darn funny. I love George C. Scott as the nutcase general who is really acting like a high school grad. Then Peter Sellers is there... what a great job. Dr. Strangelove is thus far my most favorite movie. ...more info
  • EXCELLENT PARODY ON SUPERPOWER GOVERNMENTS
    This work is a wonderful parody on how the so called super powers of the world (past or present) poster themselves.

    It shows all that although the governments may try to be oh so serious, they end up looking like bumbling idiots falling all over each other with the ultimate destruction of all as a result.

    Riding the bomb rodeo style was a nice touch - GREAT WORK!...more info
  • over rated
    I did not like this movie, neither did my friend or girlfriend. I seem to remember some hype about it as an old classic comedy, but it was not funny like it was supposed to be. Maybe if they did a remake of this movie that actually had punch lines to the jokes it may not be half bad. Some people may like this movie or understand it on a different level than me, but I dont understand....more info
  • Funny Because... it's true...
    Dr. Strangelove, like most black comedy, finds its humor in the fact that there is really very little humor to be found in the situation it presents.

    Mankind, in trying to secure peace (through Mutally Assured Destruction-type nuclear deterrence), manages to completely bungle every step, accidentally dropping a hydrogen bomb and causing the triggering of a Doomsday Device which will force us to live in caves for a hundred years.

    What's funny about that? Nothing. And, of course, everything.

    The funny thing about it is that it's so true--humanity really is that inept and bumbling; we really could "oops" our way into a nuclear winter--and we're left with the options of laugh about it or give up in despair. Movies like Dr. Strangelove allow us to see the ridiculousness that we continually create and "find the funny" rather than anguish.

    Specifically, we're shown the hyper-paranoid mentality of the Cold War, with all of its suffocating rules and fail-safes (with the eventual result that no one is able to call back the planes sent to bomb Russia, because no one has the proper authorization). Hilariously, though, we're shown that the paranoia has a *basis*, as the Russian Ambassador snaps spy-photos of "the Big Board" when the Doomsday Device has already been triggered and surely such espionage has lost all meaning. We're shown how our well-meaning public officials (represented by the President) are at the mercy of testosterone-fueled, cereberally-challenged Generals and insane scientists culled from Hitler's government (with the Nazi inside always threatening to come out).

    Dr. Strangelove, amidst the backdrop of the Cold War and nuclear arms race, shows how humanity, in everything it does or tries to do, always manages to muck things up in the most hideously, and appropriately, ironic of ways. ("Peace Is Our Profession" read the signs of the Air Force Base, as the gunfire rings out and the bombers fly towards their targets.) Dr. Strangelove tells us to accept all of this, smile, and "stop worrying."

    Beyond the general purpose of black comedy, and Dr. Strangelove's particular topic, this is a wonderful film. Brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed. Peter Sellers is, as you think he might be, a stand-out, wonderful in all three of his roles (and the first two times I watched this movie, I couldn't even tell that all three were the same man), and so is George C. Scott and the rest of the supporting cast.

    This is my favorite of Kubrick's collection and my favorite black comedy.

    As one final note for this five-star comedy, I wonder if Dr. Strangelove will, over time, lose its appeal to the newer generations. They will not have grown up during the Cold War, and they will have missed out on that era's particular fear of and obsession with The Bomb. Perhaps, if Dr. Strangelove loses its relevance and appeal to succeeding generations, that will be a good thing and signal progress? We can only hope for the best....more info
  • A Kubrick masterpiece
    Peter Sellers plays three different roles in this dark comedy along with a great supporting cast. It is almost zany - mainly because the premise is dated now - but it is still a great movie....more info
  • Review of the reviews of Dr. Strangelove
    I wanted to have a look at what folks had to say about this film. It's over 40 years
    old, the Soviet Union no longer even exists. I wondered how people could find it relevant at all!
    Well, they do, and in great numbers. Many recall the cold war either
    through parents, or from actually being there. Most love the performances.
    Either because they really do enjoy them, or know they should. Yeah, they really are funny.
    Likely what made our parents laugh so was the nervousness. The film helped to dispel
    the fear everyone felt. I think those who found it crass perhaps had an agenda for that
    fear. Who knows? I find it interesting that people seem to celebrate the film. Those
    of us who really enjoyed Stanley Kubrick will always love to see his work that way.
    He was certainly a master of the craft....more info
  • Dr. Strangelove
    The most inspired piece of Cold War satire ever and one of the screen's supreme black comedies, Kubrick's 1964 "Strangelove" confronted jittery audiences in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and not long after the advent of the H bomb. With Kubrick's twisted genius as director and screenwriter in full bloom, and peerless performances by Peter Sellers (in three roles), Scott, and the unhinged Hayden, the film is unbearably funny and extremely disturbing all at once....more info
  • Black Comedy At its Finest! Still Funny Even Today!
    There's no denying Peter Sellers' genius as he exhibits this very well in three main character parts that he plays here: the President, Mandrake, and Dr. Strangelove himself. These are three very different and unique roles and the fact that he pulls all three off very well speaks volumes of his comedic genius. I've seen "Some Like It Hot" placed higher than this film on lists of best comedies of all time but I disagree because as much as "Tootsie" and that film must have been hilarious at the time of release, many of the jokes do not age well up to this day with the exception of this film which is still very funny today. George C. Scott is also very good in this comedic role and this role is possibly one of the reasons someone thought of giving the role of Patton to him for what would later become his best ever screen performance in the movie "Patton".

    The dvd could have been better restored picture quality-wise and more sound options such as Dolby 5.1 surround would have been appreciated rather than just the Mono here but otherwise, this version with a good documentary among the bonus features is still value for money.

    A good comedy that ages well although it would be interesting to see what they do to improve upon this version for the Blu-ray one. Hopefully, better picture and sound quality options and more bonus features are among them....more info
  • Quintessential Black Comedy of the Cold War
    A very intelligent yet hilarious look at the insanity of war and those responsible for waging it in the nuclear age. Full of 4 Star performances by Peter Sellers (in multiple roles), Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens, the epitome of the commie-fighting cowboy

    The behind-the-scenes companion DVD is just as much of a treat as the film itself: the set designers made educated guesses as to the interior of a B-52 bomber, and turned out to be so accurate that the Air Force got concerned and Stanley Kubrick was worried that the FBI would come after him; Peter Sellers was originally set to play the Slim Pickens role in addition to the President, Group Captain Mandrake, and Dr. Strangelove -- but a dispute with Kubrick, Sellers own near-exhaustion from playing 3 other roles, plus an "accident" all conspired to allow Sellers to bow out as the B-52 commander, and in came Slim Pickens in perhaps the most memorable film role of his career. Pickens, as Major Kong, upon being told by his radio operator they've just received orders to bomb the Russians in reponse to an attack on the United States, responds: "Well I been to one World's Fair, a picnic and a rodeo, and that's the stoopidest thing I ever heard come over a pair of earphones!" Do not miss this classic!...more info
  • Peter Sellers Was A Genius
    I didn't get around to seeing this movie till I was almost thirty. I figured it would be another stupid overrated "classic" but instead I found out it's exactly the brilliant piece it's hailed to be. Peter Sellers is amazing here with his trio of performances, filling the screen with his virtuoso presence and embodying three characters who could not be any less similar. This is one of the funniest, scariest, most insane projects ever committed to film....more info