WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79316
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1964
(LD Release Date): 04/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stanley Kubrick
(Screenplay/Written By): Stanley Kubrick, Peter George & Terry Southern
(Story): NA
(Music): Laurie Johnson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ken Adam
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Anthony Harvey
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Stanley Kubrick

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.45:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb is a truly brilliant classic nuclear-age, anti-war masterpiece—a satire about the ultimate Doomsday Machine. Through a series of military and political accidents, two psychotic generals (Hayden and Scott) initiate the ingenious scheme of Dr. Strangelove (Sellers) to attack Russia’s strategic targets with nuclear bombs. Nominated for four Academy Awards®, it remains one of the most memorable satires in the history of filmmaking.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer looks as though it may be from the same newly struck print directly off the original camera negative which was used for the Criterion version. The black and white image is essentially as sharp with excellent contrast. The picture is solid and ex-tremely clean, no doubt due to pristine source material.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The monaural soundtrack is acceptable and dialogue is always intelligible.
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