(aka "Dr. Strangelove")

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/kubrick.htm
U.K. 1964

The destruction of mankind by the H-Bomb and a so-called "Doomsday Machine" scarcely seems a likely subject for comedy yet producer-director Stanley Kubrick has fashioned a fantastically satirical picture with many chuckles and a goodly amount of suspense from his zany picturization of Peter George's book, "Red Alert." Once again, Peter Sellers demonstrates his versatility and fine comedy sense with three widely varied portrayals, a mild-mannered British liaison officer, the calm, serious President of the U.S. and the heavily accented crippled German scientist, who gives the film its title (certainly the longest ever). Sellers' name, plus the title and rave magazine reviews, will attract the mature class patrons, especially in the key cities, but the picture's weird theme and the sex angle, briefly introduced by the bikini-clad Tracy Reed as an Air Force general's amorous secretary, must be heavily exploited. It may be too off-beat and filled with technical and nuclear terms for many average moviegoers. George C. Scott, as a grimacing Pentagon general, and Sterling Hayden, as the grimly realistic Gen. Jack D. Ripper, contribute fine portrayals.

Excerpt from Box Office Magazine's review located Here

Posters

Theatrical Release: 29 January 1964

Reviews       More Reviews       DVD Reviews

Incidental Reading on Stanley Kubrick (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Kubrick: Inside A Film Artist's Maze by Thomas Allen Nelson Stanley Kubrick, Director: A Visual Analysis by Alexander Walker Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
by Stanley Kubrick, Gene D. Phillips
Stanley Kubrick The Complete Films
by Paul Duncan
The Complete Kubrick by David Hughes Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
by Christiane Kubrick
Narrative And Stylistic Patterns In The Films Of Stanley Kubrick by Luis Garcia Mainar The Making Of 2001: A Space Odyssey Kubrick : The Definitive Edition
by Michel Ciment
Stanley Kubrick Companion by James Howard

DVD Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star  (first release) - Region 1- NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Columbia Tri-Star (Japan -Superbit) - Region 2- NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman , Mark Newland and Guillaume for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP LEFT

2)Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP MIDDLE

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP RIGHT

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC BOTTOM LEFT

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM MIDDLE

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star (first release)

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:37:21 1:34:39 1:30:33 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.66:1 and 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.19 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 and 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 and 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.91 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

 

 

 

Columbia Tri-Star
Region 2 - NTSC
Columbia Tri-Star
Region 1 - NTSC
Sony Pictures
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
1:34:39 1:34:39 1:34:45.680

1.66:1 and 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,933,593,952 bytes

Feature: 23,949,828,096 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Video Bitrate: 25.95 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Columbia Tri-Star (first release)

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Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition)

 

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Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition)

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Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition)

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Blu-ray

 

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC LEFT

2)Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono); DUB:Spanish, French, Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Mono 2.0

English DTS 6ch
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
English (newly created from Mono Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1299 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1299 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
DUB: Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1217 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1217 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS Express English 128 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles Spanish, none English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, None English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, and more... English, Japanese, none English, French, Korean, Thai, Chinese, None English, Arabic, Dutch, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1 and 1.33:1

Edition Details:
•  1 page liner notes

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999
Keepcase

Chapters 29

 

Note: Stated on the box - This transfer (with its changing aspect ratio) was approved by director 'Stanley Kubrick' himself!
 

 

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1 and 1.33:1

Edition Details:
•  Featurette:
•  Documentary:
•  Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
•  Original advertising Gallery
•  Talent Files
•  Theatrical trailers (Dr Strangelove, Fail-Safe, Anatomy of a Murder)

DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
Keepcase

Chapters 28
 

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1 and 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Multilingual menus
• Theatrical Trailers
• Featurette: The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove
• Documentary: Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove
• Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
• Original Advertising Gallery

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2002
Keepcase

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
(Japan)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1 and 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

 

DVD Release Date: November 28th, 2003
Keepcase

Chapters 28

 

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
•  Documentary
•  Documentary
•  Interview with Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense under President Johnson
•  Featurette:
•  Documentary:
•  Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
•  Original advertising Gallery
•  Talent Files
•  Collectible scrapbook with original production photos and an essay written by Roger Ebert

 

DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
Keepcase

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,933,593,952 bytes

Feature: 23,949,828,096 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Video Bitrate: 25.95 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
  The Cold War - picture-in-picture and Pop-up Trivia Track
  No Fighting in the War Room or: Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat
•  Interview with Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense under President Johnson
  Inside Dr. Strangelove OR: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (46:04)
  Best Sellers Or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove
•  Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
  The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove
  32 page booklet as part of the case with photos and film essays by Richard Tanne and Travis Baker

  BD-LIVE
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 16th, 2009
Book style Blu-ray case

Chapters 16

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Sony - Region FREE Blu-ray - June 09': Firstly, this transfer is in a consistent 1.66:1 aspect ratio - to quote the Digital Bits HERE - "The original theatrical presentation varied between 1.33 and 1.66. In recent years however, we're told that Kubrick's associates (who manage his estate) have become more comfortable with the 16x9/1.78:1 aspect ratio of HD displays, and they believe that Kubrick himself - if he'd really had the chance to look into it - would have preferred his full frame films to be presented on home video (in HD) at a steady 1.66 to take better advantage of the 1.78:1 frame. So that's the reasoning for the decision."

Contrast is far superior and the image is brighter without being blown-out (see the 'air field' captures). Details in the background are far more visible now and the image is not as dark as the 40th Anniversary DVD. Good films grain is apparent to varying degrees although not overly gritty but I think the contrast is the major beneficiary on the move to HD. It looks quite remarkable at times - I've never seen it look this good although it, obviously, doesn't displays the depth of modern films to 1080P. I've quite happy with the way it looked on my system. It's from a 4K restoration and there is no damage marks marring the presentation. A definite thumbs-up for the visual. I'm satisfied it looks about as good as it can, at this time, for display in your home theater.

Although meager at 1300 kpbs the 5.1 TrueHD audio seems to do the job well without succumbing to an artificial aural representation. For purists the mono track is an option. There are some unusual subtitle options - Arabic, Dutch and French - as well as English. My Momitsu identifies this as being region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines world wide.

Supplements duplicate the previous Region 1 DVD's documentaries (No Fighting in the War Room, Inside Dr. Strangelove, Best Sellers and The Art of Stanley Kubrick) plus the interviews; Robert S. McNamara and split-Screen Interview with Sellers and Scott but the Blu-ray package exclude Ebert's essay and the art gallery. However, it includes a 32 page booklet as part of the case with photos and film essays by Richard Tanne and Travis Baker, an untested BD-LIVE and a picture-in-picture The Cold War  with onscreen interviews and a trivia challenge.

Essential Blu-ray - great price - don't hesitate.  

 - Gary Tooze

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ADDITION: Japanese SUPERBIT - Dec - 04 - Wow, the Japanese SUPERBIT release is gorgeous -tight, sharp, bright , filled with grain. As Kubrick appeared to vacillate on his preferred ratio, many may still want the 1.33-1.66 edition - and if so, then the Japanese Superbit is the one to choose. It has original audio as well as DTS and both English or Japanese subtitles. As with other SB titles - no extras.

*****


 

ON THE DVDs: The first three releases shown in this comparison have all had contrast boosting (or came from a print of like). It becomes most noticeable when looking at the new 40th anniversary release that the others are much brighter. According to Robert Harris this new 40th anniversary issue is a new "restoration" as it's the first time it's been transferred from a master element rather than a print. Columbia's DVD mastering policy indicates that this is a high-def transfer from those elements and then down-converted to DVD resolution. Print damage, though apparent, is less in the new edition in comparison to the other 3 (see large capture  # 3). This 'darkness' is far more in tune with the original presentation and the contrast and black levels are near perfect.

The new edition has the anamorphic molding that we see occasionally when doing screen captures and reducing the image. They tend to look soft, even in their native resolution, but the big question is has it been cropped to 1.66 from its original multi-aspect ratios and 1.8t theatrical? Criterion's stellar laserdisc from 12 years ago bounced between 1:37 and 1:66 depending on what scene was up. This is how all three initial releases are. Dr. Strangelove was projected in 1:85 in the United States and 1:66 in Europe. Kubrick preferred flat transfers and has stated so on many occasions, but I thought this was after 2001: A Space Odyssey was cropped for BBC television, not before. I was sure he did not prefer the 1.85 theatrical in his later years, but suspect this was an afterthought after it was already released. Perhaps someone can correct me. 

The Region 1 (Special Edition) shows some good grain and is minutely sharper than the PAL Collector's edition.

I am reserving judgment on image until I can be satisfied about the ratio.

By the way, Columbia's menus in the first release are a hoot. They are as bad as any I have ever seen from a major studio, bordering on basement conversions from 'Joe the VHS dubber'. I know it was 1999.

 - Gary Tooze

 

Kubrick on DVD (NTSC) - CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information

Stanley Kubrick Boxset Eyes Wide Shut Full Metal Jacket The Shining Barry Lyndon A Clockwork Orange 2001: A Space Odyssey

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worry and Love the Bomb

Lolita

Spartacus

Paths of Glory

The Killing

Killer's Kiss

 


DVD Menus / Extras

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP LEFT

2)Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP MIDDLE

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP RIGHT

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC BOTTOM LEFT

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM MIDDLE

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM RIGHT

 

 

 

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Subtitle samples

NOTE: Not exact frame matches! - We can't obtain sub samples for Blu-ray!

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 


Screen Captures

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 NOTE: Look closely at damage on top of light (mark) not present in the Japanese Super Bit, 40th anniversary edition or Blu-ray)

 

 


 

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (first release) - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 2nd

3) Columbia Tri-Star (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd

4) Columbia Tri-Star (Japan - Superbit) - Region 2 - NTSC 4th

5) Columbia Tri-Star (40th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 5th

6) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 


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Extras: Blu-ray
Menu: Blu-ray

 

 

Columbia Tri-Star
Region 2 - NTSC
Columbia Tri-Star
Region 1 - NTSC
Sony Pictures
Region FREE -
Blu-ray



 

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