DIRECTORKubrick, Stanley
TITLEDr. Strangelove: The 40th Anniversary Edition
DISTRIBUTORSony Pictures
ISBN1-4049-4616
DATE PUBLISHED2004
RUNNING TIME95 minutes


This two-disc special edition DVD contains the classic 1964 nuclear war film, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and several short documentary features that place the film in its historic perspective. They include No Fighting in the War Room Or: Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat, Peter Sellers Remembered, and an interview with Robert McNamara. The classic black and white film is a black comedy that portrays an accidental nuclear attack. It depicts a crazed U.S. Air Force commander who orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the consent of the president. After the order is given, the president is helpless to stop the attack. When the president contacts the premier of the Soviet Union, he learns that when a nuclear bomb is dropped on the Soviet Union, another huge bomb, the Doomsday Device, will explode, automatically causing radioactive fallout that will end all life on Earth. Peter Sellers plays three major characters. The film, which is funny as well as frightening, captures societal fears that existed in the early 1960s as the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear war.


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