Dr. Strangelove: Columbia Classics
Columbia / 1963 / 90 Mins / Rated PG

This Review is sponsored by 
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video


MOVIE
So it is that we have yet another great Kubrick movie on DVD, Dr. Strangelove. While not my favorite it's still very good and very Kubrick. The crazed general Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is fearful of the red menace, so scared in fact that he has sent his bombers to Russia to drop some good old A-Bomb's. 

Now his British assistant played by Peter Sellers is the only one who knows how to turn the ships around but he is caught on the base which is being defended by Ripper's troops. Realizing what is going on the President (Peter Sellers) send his troops in, but it is all too late and now the world must come to terms with the actions of one man. 

To top it all off the Russians have a doomsday weapon that responds to attacks which renders the world sterile and unlivable, can the plan from the evil mind of Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers) really work? Look for great performances from Slim Pickens and George C. Scott.

VIDEO
Okay this movie is close to 40 years old and it shows. The movie is shown in two formats 1:66:1/1:33:1 it was originally shot in this format and does change around as such at times. The movie is not 16:9 enhanced. Being in B&W there is no color. The movie itself is quite sharp for a movie of this age but there were several MPEG artifacts present also. The movie also had quite a few scratches in the print which looked like it came from the original master.

Dr. Strangelove is framed at 1:66:1/1:33:1 and is not 
16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

Dolby Digital 2.0 but sounds like a flat mono. There is nothing going on in the surround or front left and right speakers as well as the .1 channel. The center channel was very crisp though.

At least the dialog was easy to understand.

EXTRAS

An ordinary set of extras on this disc. Firstly there is are filmographies of the main stars and also...

Theatrical Trailer: 1:33:1, Dolby Digital 1.0. Quite interesting from it's time though.

Poster Gallery: Various pictures of the theatrical posters from different regions.

Photo Gallery: Just photos taken while the movie was being made.

Subtitles in English, French, Dutch, Arabic.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Good movie on an average disc. A Kubrick fan's delight.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:32:06 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 90 minutes
Case Type: Brackley Case
Release Date: 15/11/1999
Catalog Number: D10035
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 23
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: Multi-Aspect
Anamorphic: None
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

1.0 Mono

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:

English
French
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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