Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 28, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick’s (Full Metal Jacket) classic 1964 take on Cold War anxiety, remains without a doubt one of the fiercest comedy satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood.

The great Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays three wildly different roles in the film: Air Force Captain Lionel Mandrake, timidly trying to stop a nuclear attack on the USSR ordered by an unbalanced general (The Killing’s Sterling Hayden); the ineffectual and perpetually dumbfounded President Merkin Muffley, who must deliver the very bad news to the Soviet premier; and the titular Strangelove himself, a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser with a Nazi past.

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George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove

Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, Dr. Strangelove is a genuinely subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an unparalleled stylist and pitch-black ironist.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD special editions of the film contain the following:

  • Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 1965 audio interview with Kubrick, conducted by Jeremy Bernstein
  • Four short documentaries from 2000, 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 Todayshow
  • Trailer
  • An essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1962 article by screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.