"Dr. Strangelove or:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" is one of the greatest films ever made, and certainly one of the funniest! It's timeless! Just as with a great "Simpsons" episode, it doesn't matter how many times you've seen it and know all the jokes, they're still funny! Sterling Hayden portrays General Jack D. Ripper, the head of the Strategic Air Command. He's nuts! This isn't because he believes the Soviets are out to destroy America,. they were! But, because of the methods he believes they were utilizing! He decides to call for an aggressive attack on the Soviet Union, issuing orders for our bombers to fly past the "failsafe" point! He also seals his base, and orders his troops to fight anyone attempting to enter!
Peter Sellers plays several characters here, and "each" of them is worthy of Academy Award! As Captain Lionel Mandrake, he's given the responsibility of trying to convince Ripper that he's got to stop this action. When Hayden can no longer do anything to reverse things, Mandrake must alert others!
When Sellers portrays President Merkin Muffley, one of the funniest bits of dialogue ensues. It's a brief, but fall-down funny scene wherein the President is trying to minimize the damage in relations with the Soviet President while alerting him to the crisis at hand. It's reminiscent of Neil Simon or Mel Brooks dialogue at its best! For those of you who may not know who Slim Pickens is, you won't forget after seeing this film! He is also responsible for one of the funniest and most visually startling moments in film history. His character is Major T.J. King Kong, leading a crew on their mission to drop the "bomb." There are just so many great things and scenes in this film that it's impossible to do them justice with mere description! If you haven't seen this film, you must! If you have seen it, this is a dvd worth having in your collection!
SONY has provided the correct 1.66:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. In spite of grain present throughout, detail is consistently amazing. In scene-to-scene comparisons with the most recent dvd incarnation, every frame on blu-ray sports finer depth. Contrast is also greatly improved, offering inky blacks, that make the black and white cinematography even more wonderful to enjoy. Some minor artifacts pop up on occasion, but never enough to diminish the overall stellar quality of this transfer.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. as well as the original mono mix for fans to choose from. While some audiophiles take exception to remixes, this one's great. Surrounds and LFE effects add a real thrill to scenes involving the B52 as well as enhancing the overall environment, without sounding artificial. The original mono mix is surprisingly sharp, in spite of occasional hiss.
A Picture-in-Picture track accompanies the trivia "COLD WAR" track. It's great, and shouldn't be missed!
Other extras, varying in length include a documentary,"Inside Dr. Strangelove," offering a wealth of info about the film's development and production, a split-screen interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and more!